Postdoctoral Fellow in Behavioral Neuroscience

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
24 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
21 Aug 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Postdoctoral Fellow in Behavioral Neuroscience School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Position Description 

We seek a postdoctoral fellow to join the laboratory of Benjamin de Bivort in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Center for Brain Science at Harvard University, Cambridge MA. A major focus of the lab is discovering the mechanistic underpinnings of individual differences in behavior. Of particular interest is behavioral variation within genotypes of Drosophila melanogaster. To study this, we use custom, automated, high-throughput behavioral instruments in conjunction with the modern toolkit of systems neuroscience, including optogenetics, genetic and circuit-mapping, and optical physiology. Specifically, we have external funding to pursue individual-level correlates of behavioral biases. We aim to predict individual behavioral tendencies from measurable brain phenomena like calcium responses and neuronal morphologies, features we are provisionally calling “loci of individuality.”

Basic Qualifications

A successful applicant would have:
• Ph.D. in circuits or systems neuroscience, experimental biophysics, or neureothology.
learning/data science, model system genetics.

Additional Qualifications

• A solid track record of scientific publications and conference presentations
• More than one of the following skills set: Calcium optophysiology, 2-photon or light-sheet microscopy, electrophysiology, custom instrumentation/fabrication, computational image analysis, statistics/machine

Special Instructions

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

1. Cover letter outlining your interests and suitability for the position
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Up to three examples of published papers
5. Names and contact information of 3 references.

It is recommended that you contact Prof. Ben de Bivort to discuss your potential fit in the lab before submitting an application .

Contact Information


Contact Email debivort@oeb.harvard.edu Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3 Maximum Number of References Allowed Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter

Optional Documents

  1. Publication
  2. Publication 2
  3. Publication 3