[visionlist] Postdoctoral positions in Drosophila Neurobiology at Janelia Farm

Reiser, Michael reiserm at janelia.hhmi.org
Tue Oct 9 18:47:47 GMT 2007


Two postdoctoral positions are available in the group of Michael Reiser
(http://research.janelia.org/Reiser/) at the Janelia Farm Research
Campus. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research
Campus (http://www.hhmi.org/janelia/) is a unique, world-class research
community in the Washington, DC area. The work in our group draws upon
experimental and computational approaches to investigate the processing
of multisensory information by the Drosophila nervous system. We use
tethered-flight experiments in a variety of virtual-reality flight
simulators to quantify motor responses to controlled multisensory
stimuli. In addition to studying several aspects of visual processing in
flies, the lab is working to understand the mechanosensory pathways that
underlie the behavioral responses to wind stimuli and the robust gravity
response. 

 

The postdoctoral researchers will be involved in designing and
conducting quantitative behavior experiments with the goal of
identifying candidate neuronal circuits to be investigated using
molecular-genetic tools, imaging, and electrophysiology. Along the way,
several critical experiments will involve an animal-robot hybrid control
system. These projects will benefit from close collaboration with
several other groups at Janelia Farm working on complementary efforts to
study neural circuits in the adult fly brain. 

 

The positions are open to candidates with either a strong background in
experimental biology (prior experience with electrophysiology,
biological imaging, quantitative behavior, and/or Drosophila genetics is
preferred) or those with a technical background in
Engineering/Physics/Mathematics and a keen interest in Neuroscience.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience/Biology/Engineering or a
related field. Interested applicants should apply by email; please
include your curriculum vitae and a letter of research interests, and
arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: 

 

Michael Reiser (reiserm at janelia.hhmi.org)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm Research Campus 

19700 Helix Drive

Ashburn, VA 20147

 

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