Job title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in precision measurements of the brain - Leifer labPrinceton University
A postdoctoral research associate or more senior researcher is sought for a neural imaging and optogenetics project in moving animals in the Leifer Laboratory at Princeton University's Department of Physics, affiliated with the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. The Leifer Lab deploys novel optical techniques to probe neural dynamics that drive behavior in the nematode C. elegans. The appointment is for one academic year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year pending satisfactory performance and continued funding.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 working with custom optics, ultrafast lasers, electronics and custom software. Candidates should be self-motivated by a desire to understand open questions in neuroscience.Ideal attributes are:-Talented experimentalist with a history of performing difficult measurements -Motivated by an interest in neuroscience-Talented troubleshooter of hardware and software-Experience with non-linear optics, lasers and fundamentals of microscope design-Fluency in at least one programming language, and prior exposure to Python and LabView. -Able and willing to dive into large code-bases -Experience with digital signal processing and image processing-Comfortable with mathematical concepts and manipulations-Comfortable learning new topics independently via the literature in the areas of computer vision, machine learning, optics or electronics -Ability to mentor others-Organized-Able to work well in a team, but also able to work independently-Clear written and oral communicatorTo apply for this position please log on to: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/21462 The expected start date is January 1, 2022, although this may be adjusted to a mutually-agreed date.Princeton University is 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. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.