MIT seeks Research Scientist

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Research Scientist
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Cambridge, MA

The Synthetic Neurobiology Research Group (Boyden Lab) at the MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research seeks a Research Scientist to join a lab that is developing cutting edge approaches to observing and controlling the nervous system and applying them to entire small brains to systematically analyze them, with a goal of generating computational models of how entire brains work to generate behavior. Will work on developing and investigating C. elegans behavioral paradigms and integrating these behavioral studies with whole-brain observational and control tools under development in the lab. There will be much collaborative work with other people in the group who are inventing or applying specific neurotechnologies.

• Develop and study C. elegans behavioral paradigms, studying both worm populations and single worms.
• Collaborate with others on applying whole-brain observational and control technologies (e.g., using custom microscopes) to the study of neural activity throughout behaving worms.
• Perform worm genetics, including the generation of transgenic worms and worm lines and worm crosses to incorporate novel molecular tools into C. elegans.
• Computationally analyze behavioral and imaging data to derive biologically useful conclusions.
• Assist with manuscript writing.
• Develop, revise, and/or implement lab procedures with other group members.
• Recognize problems or situations that are new and invent or find solutions.
• Perform related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in neuroscience, biological engineering, biology, or a related field and relevant postdoctoral training.
• Experience with C. elegans genetics, including transgenesis, line generation, and crosses.
• Experience with C. elegans behavior, including phenotyping and computational data analysis.

This appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension based upon funding and course of research.

Interested candidates may apply on-line at Please reference job number 19366.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT’s full policy on nondiscrimination can be found at 9.2 Nondiscrimination | Policies.