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A couple of the labs that are part of FlyFizz have open positions. 


 

Jayaraman lab

Over the past few years, we have developed tools to record the activity of genetically identified neurons in tethered Drosophila melanogaster during behavior in a virtual reality setup. We use a combination of walking and flying behavior, two-photon calcium imaging, whole-cell and loose patch clamp recording, multi-single-unit extracellular electrophysiology, genetic tools and computational analyses to understand circuit computations in a region of the insect brain called the central complex. Evidence from physiology and behavioral genetics studies suggests that this distinctively structured region of approximately one thousand stereotyped neurons is involved in visually mediated orienting, adaptive sensorimotor mapping, multisensory integration, and working memory, among other things. This motivates our choice of behaviors to investigate mechanistically on the rig.

I am now expanding my lab and have openings for a few creative, independent, motivated and technically skilled experimentalists. Those with demonstrated proficiency in techniques that are most relevant for each project (listed below) would be preferred, but I am fairly flexible when it comes to specific technical background. Applications will be reviewed until positions are filled.

For the right person, Janelia Farm presents exciting and enabling collaborative opportunities unlike those in most academic institutions. We work closely with many other labs here, as well as Janelia's Applied Physics & Instrumentation, Scientific Computing, and Instrumentation Design & Fabrication groups. You should expect to contribute to projects in/with other labs during your stay here, and, you will, in turn, benefit from the participation of those in other labs in your projects.

If you think you would enjoy working in such an atmosphere, or want to know more, send me an email. Please include your curriculum vitae and research interests, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to:

 

Vivek Jayaraman
Janelia Research Campus
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
19700 Helix Drive,
Ashburn, VA 20147
email: vivek[at]janelia.hhmi.org


 

Gwyneth Card's lab is looking for postdoctoral scientists with experience in two-photon imaging or electrophysiology to use cutting-edge techniques to crack the neural circuits that generate flexible behaviors in Drosophila melanogaster. The Card lab is a multi-disciplinary lab using several approaches to understand how the fly generates and chooses between different innate responses to visual stimuli.  The lab combines patch-clamp electrophysiology and calcium imaging with sophisticated high-throughput behavioral screens and genetic manipulation of activity in individual neurons.

She is looking for creative, independent, motivated, collaborative, and technically skilled experimentalists with a background in neurophysiology, systems neuroscience, or other related field.  Hands-on experience in electrophysiology, two-photon imaging, or invertebrate physiology is a plus.  Exceptional candidates will also have strong scientific programming and quantitative data analysis skills.  Candidates from quantitative backgrounds (Physics/Match/Engineering) who have experience with physiology or statistical decision theory and a strong interest in neural circuits are also encouraged to apply.

To apply for a position, or if you would like to know more, please send her an email. Please include your curriculum vitae and research interests, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: 


Gwyneth Card 
Janelia Research Campus
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
19700 Helix Drive,
Ashburn, VA 20147
email: cardg[at]janelia.hhmi.org


 

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