The goal of the laboratory is to reverse engineer the neural circuits that drive adaptive motor behavior. We use mice as a model system and perform recordings during behavior (mesoscope-based 2-photon calcium imaging and electrophysiology), anatomical tracing, perturbation techniques (opto- and chemogenetics), as well as computational modeling.
We are particularly interested in scientists with experience in one or more of the following: mouse behavior, 2-photon imaging, electrophysiology, or computational modeling (with the expectation that you would be eager to learn another skill here!). We also have several talented collaborators who you can work in conjunction with. We believe science is a team endeavor.
The ideal candidate will have a strong publication record in (one or more) of these areas, and familiarity with a programming language is preferred (Python).
Research topics may include:
(a) Developing new mouse behavioral paradigms for adaptation for use during
multi-photon imaging and/or electrophysiology paired with EMG recordings.
(b) Data analysis tools for large scale high-dimensional data from mutli-photon imaging.
(c) neural perturbation studies in cortex, basal ganglia and/or cerebellum
(d) Building data analysis & computational models applicable to motor control & adaptation
(including machine learning tools for behavioral analysis).
We are always excited to host undergraduates. We've worked with multiple Harvard students, who have successfully been awarded funding (including MBB, HCRP, Herchel-Smith, and Prise winners).
Visiting scholars / Master students (2018 filled - available position during 2019 only):
Please email Mackenzie if you are interested in projects in the lab.
I can advise graduate and masters students in conjunction with another lab. Please contact us to explain your interest in the lab.
Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
How to apply:
We are excited to have new members join our team. Please check out the following resources for how to apply. The lab can evaluate only a small fraction of applications carefully (generally, you should not expect a response). Please answer the following three questions in your initial email:
What are you applying for (lab rotation, undergraduate research position, PhD or a postdoc position)?
Time frame: envisioned starting date and ~end date?
Do you have your own funding or would you need funding from us?
Post-doc applicants, please include as a single PDF:
Cover letter: A a concise statement (no more than 1 page) outlining your past research and why our lab is a good fit.
CV (including a link to your Google Scholar profile, GitHub, and/or scientific website).
If possible, a publication (or pre-print) you authored.
Research idea: Please include a very concise (~no more than .5 page) "research proposal" on a project you would want to work on (this is not binding, it's just an exercise to start a dialogue).
After initial conversations, please have contact information for 2-3 references available.
Please send your application materials to: email@example.com
(last updated: Nov. 2017)