Postdoctoral Research Associate

Princeton, NJ
Mar 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Princeton University

Physics - 23800

Position Summary
A postdoctoral research associate or more senior is sought for a whole-brain neural imaging project in moving animals in the Leifer Laboratory at Princeton University's Department of Physics, affiliated with the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. The Leifer Lab develops novel optical techniques for probing neural dynamics that drive behavior in the nematode C. elegans.

Ideal attributes are:
-Talented experimentalist with a history of performing difficult measurements
-Talented troubleshooter of hardware and software
-Experience with fluorescence microscopy and fundamentals of microscope design
-Fluency in at least one programming language, and prior exposure to Matlab, LabView and C.
-Able and willing to dive into large code-bases
-Experience with digital signal processing and image processing
-Comfortable learning new topics independently via the literature in the areas of computer vision, machine learning, optics or electronics
-Interested in neuroscience and/or life sciences, although prior experience in these areas is not strictly necessary
-Willing to balance competing demands for rapid instrument design and troubleshooting with the need to design tools that are sustainable, maintainable and user-friendly
-Ability to mentor others
-Someone who is organized, self-motivated
-Able to work well in a team, but also able to work independently
-Clear communicator

Applicants must apply online and submit a cover letter and CV and contact information for 3 references.

Essential Qualifications
A PhD in a related field is required as well as a background in experimental physics, optics, computer science, electrical engineering or neuroscience with expertise building and using custom scientific instruments for precision measurements. In particular, someone is sought who is comfortable mixing custom optical and electronics hardware and custom software. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Preferred Qualifications

Directory Title

Job Function
Regular Professional Research
RR 040
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Full Time
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Pay Rate, if Casual Hourly

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Eligible for Overtime
Benefits Eligible
Union Code
Not Applicable
Education Required
Doctorate Degree
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled or See Position Summary.
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