Postdoctoral Associate, Neuroscience – Joy lab at Jackson Laboratory

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The Joy lab is looking for a motivated postdoctoral candidate interested in studying circuit repair and motor behavior after stroke with the goal of identifying translatable therapies for stroke recovery.

The focus of the lab is to determine how brain circuits reorganize after a stroke, contributions of these reorganizational process to motor function, molecular signatures that drive recovery and therapeutic targets for stroke. We use a host of techniques including but not limited to large-scale mesoscopic calcium imaging, optogenetics, gene targeting with viral vectors or transgenics, transcriptomics and ethological measurements of behavior.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Biological Sciences or nearing completion, experience in one or more of the above techniques, a strong background in neuroscience and optionally molecular biology and data science. We are looking for a candidate that is driven, can leverage the lab’s existing expertise and build upon this and does not shy away from new ideas/approaches and challenges. Additionally, the candidate will have access to JAX’s unique postdoctoral training program that offers support and substantial guidance for building an independent career in science through applications to postdoctoral and transition awards.

This is also a unique opportunity to explore the beautiful outdoors and the coastline of Bar Harbor, ME , be it a day at the Acadia National park, a walk through the carriage roads, sailing in the Atlantic , snow sports or being part of the exuberant festivities over the Summer.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a 1-page cover letter briefing your training, current and future interests, CV and contact information for 2-3 references.

The Joy lab supports postdocs that have either academic or non-academic long-term career goals, international candidates, women and candidates from all backgrounds. We truly believe in equal opportunity for all.

JAX Salary
Year 0 – 1 $65,589
Year 1 – 2 $67,318
Year 2 – 3 $69,095
Year 3 – 4 $70,521
Year 4 – 5 $72,877
Year 5 – 6 $75,569


About JAX:

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center and nearly 3,000 employees in locations across the United States (Maine, Connecticut, California), Japan and China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

Founded in 1929, JAX applies over nine decades of expertise in genetics to increase understanding of human disease, advancing treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging and heart disease. It models and interprets genomic complexity, integrates basic research with clinical application, educates current and future scientists, and provides critical data, tools and services to the global biomedical community. For more information, please visit​​​​​​​.

EEO Statement:

The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.

Contact information:

Nicole Fraser, Talent Acquisition Partner

Please apply here:—Neuroscience—Joy-Lab_JR004213