Location: New Jersey, USA
The Huda lab is seeking talented and highly motivated scientists interested in using cutting-edge in-vivo optical techniques to investigate neural circuits for adaptive decision-making.
We are a vibrant new lab in the WM Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience and the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Rutgers University. We take a systems approach to study the structure, function, and plasticity of neural circuits underlying decision-making in mice, and how dysregulation of these circuits gives rise to neuropsychiatric conditions such as alcohol use disorder. We address this question with an emphasis on dissecting interactions between cortical, striatal, and midbrain circuits. Specifically, we interrogate how inputs from long-range projections between these structures are integrated into local microcircuit dynamics and transformed into task-specific outputs. Our work combines a portfolio of diverse techniques including quantitative mouse behavior, cellular and subcellular resolution two-photon microscopy, optogenetics, viral-based anatomical tracing, and electrophysiology.
We are looking for passionate scientists who are motivated by important questions and have the necessary dedication, work ethic, and attitude to address them in a systematic and scientifically rigorous way. This position offers a unique opportunity to join a new lab where you will enjoy unparalleled support from a PI distinctly committed to your technical and conceptual training, mentorship, and career development. It is an excellent opportunity for neuroscientists looking to advance their training in next-generation in-vivo approaches for assessing neural circuit function as it relates to behavior and disease.
Applicants should have a PhD or be nearing completion of their doctorate in neuroscience or a related field. Applicants with a background in physics, engineering, and/or computer science and a strong interest in neuroscience research are also encouraged to apply. Ability to work both independently and in teams consisting of undergraduate and graduate students is expected, along with good written and oral communication skills. Previous experience with one or more of the following is highly desirable: physiology techniques (two-photon microscopy, electrophysiology), coding skills in MATLAB and/or Python, mouse behavior, and mouse surgeries. We are foremost looking for passionate scientists eager to learn new things.