Research Assistant

The Van Hooser lab at Brandeis University is seeking a research assistant for a 1-3 year position. The lab studies the development and function of visual cortical circuits using advanced brain imaging (in vivo 2-photon microscopy and intrinsic signal imaging), electrophysiological techniques, and optogenetic methods (vhlab.org).

Duties: The primary responsibility of this position is to help the laboratory complete basic science experiments. The research assistant will conduct animal experiments to uncover fundamental principles of neural development using 2-photon imaging, intrinsic imaging, and multichannel electrophysiology, and/or analyze data using MATLAB. This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic, hard-working individual to rapidly gain experience with animal surgery and advanced neuroscience techniques. It is expected that these experiments will result in authorship on research publications.

Requirements: BS/BA/MS/MA in a scientific or engineering discipline. Some experience with small animal surgery, physiology, or computer programming is desired. Start date May-July 2019. Members of groups that are underrepresented in science are strongly encouraged to apply.

Brandeis University is located 10 miles west of Boston in Waltham, Massachusetts, and is 20-30 minutes from Boston or Cambridge by train or car. The life sciences community at Brandeis is highly interactive, with opportunities for learning about work in many labs through seminars and cross-lab collaborations (www.brandeis.edu/neuroscience).

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV or resume, and the names of 2-3 references to Steve Van Hooser, vanhoosr@brandeis.edu.