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Postdoctoral Associate

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Job Description

Janelia Research Campus is a pioneering research center in Ashburn, Virginia, where scientists pursue fundamental questions in neuroscience and imaging. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) launched Janelia in 2006, establishing an intellectually distinctive environment for scientists to do creative, collaborative, hands-on work. Our integrated teams of biologists, computational scientists, and tool-builders pursue a small number of scientific questions with potential for transformative impact. We share our methods, results, and tools with the scientific community. It is a uniquely innovative and collaborative atmosphere that reflects HHMI’s reputation for excellence.
The Liu (Yin) Lab at HHMI Janelia is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms that underlie the communications between the respiratory system and the nervous system. The lab uses mice as the model organism and combines single-cell analysis, genetic tools, activity imaging and recording, and whole-animal physiology approaches. We work collaboratively with experts in molecular tool development, microscopy, and computational biology at Janelia. As a member in the 4D Cellular Physiology research area, we expect to work closely with other groups in the area to develop innovative strategies and tackle the general principles of how body-brain communication maintains organisms. Learn more about our work
About the Role:
As a postdoc associate or research scientist, you will lead projects under the mentorship of Dr. Yin Liu on understanding the cellular and circuit mechanisms that underlie lung-brain communication in breathing regulation. This would be an excellent position for a scientifically minded professional who is interested in body physiology and body-brain interaction and would like to continue their career in academia or in industry in the future.
What We Provide:
  • Opportunities to work with and learn from world experts in neuroscience, cell biology, computational biology, molecular tool development, and microscopy at Janelia.
  • Close mentoring relationship with the lab head.
  • Career development workshops and mentoring groups to help preparing the next step in career
  • A competitive compensation package, with comprehensive health and welfare benefits.
  • A diverse group of scientists dedicated to solving hard problems in a collaborative, inclusive environment
What You'll Do:
  • Design projects and execute experiments
  • Explore and analyze data with data science techniques
  • Critically evaluate and interpret obtained data
  • Collaborate and communicate with researchers both inside and outside Janelia
  • Prepare and present scientific progress in seminars and conferences
  • Work with the lab head and collaborators on writing manuscripts for publication
What You Bring:
  • A Ph.D. in biology, neurosciences, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, or related disciplines
  • Experience with cellular and molecular biology, histology, and microscopy
  • Experience with neural recordings, animal surgeries, or other neural techniques, preferred but not required
  • Programming experience using R, Python, or MATLAB, preferred but not required
  • Strong initiative, self-motivation, and work ethic
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
Physical Requirements:
Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet).
Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Please Note:
This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Compensation and Benefits
Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our
Benefits at HHMI
site to learn more.
HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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