Postdoctoral Fellow

The Adaptive Motor Control Laboratory at the Rowland Institute at Harvard is accepting applications for a fully funded position (earliest start date is Sept 2017).  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 (calcium imaging and electrophysiology), anatomical tracing, perturbation techniques (opto- and chemogenetics), as well as computational modeling. Please see the lab website for more information: www.mousemotorlab.org


We are particularly interested in scientists with experience in mouse behavior, 2-photon imaging and/or in vivo electrophysiology, and strong quantitative skills. The ideal candidate will have a strong publication record in these areas, and be comfortable building laboratory rigs (for functional imaging and electrophysiology). Familiarity with a programming language is highly preferred (LabView and/or Python or Matlab, ect). 


To apply, please email a single PDF with your CV, a brief summary of your past and current research interests, how they align with the goals of the lab, and contact information for references. 


Mackenzie Weygandt Mathis, Principal Investigator





Rowland Institute at Harvard
Harvard University
100 Edwin H. Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02138



Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.


Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellow

The RoLi Lab at the Rowland Institute is currently accepting applications for two fully funded postdoctoral research positions:

1) Neuroengineering of optomechanical systems for whole brain neural imaging in freely behaving larval zebrafish.
2) Optogenetic dissection of neural circuitry for learning and memory in larval zebrafish

The ultimate goal of the RoLi lab is to identify, manipulate, and model the neural circuitry that underlies learning and memory in a vertebrate brain. Our lab develops imaging systems for recording and manipulating neural activity throughout the entire brain of an awake and freely behaving larval zebrafish. For more information, please visit RoLiLab.org.

Application Requirements

We are seeking a candidate with a PhD or MD/PhD degree in the fields of systems or behavioral neuroscience, biophysics, bioengineering, or related field with a demonstrated record of achievements and publications. Candidate must be highly motivated to perform innovative projects that aims to fundamentally advance our understanding of large neural networks. The ideal candidate will have a publication record demonstrating talent in animal behavior, microscopy, and/or computational analysis of large scale data sets. Expertise with a programming language (i.e. MATLAB, Python, or C++) is required.

How to apply

Please apply to jli@rowland.harvard.edu, with the following information:

  • -  CV with a list of talks and publications

  • -  One page summary of previous research

  • -  One page statement of current research interests, as well as specific interest in our research

- Contact information of three references

Contact information

Drew Robson and Jennifer Li, Co-Principal Investigators
Rowland Institute at Harvard
Harvard University
100 Edwin H. Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tel: 617-497-4711

jli@rowland.harvard.edu robson@rowland.harvard.edu



Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral Opportunity


Postdoctoral position in experimental evolution of host-microbiome associations, the Brucker Lab.

Job description: We seek and outstanding individual for a postdoctoral associate position to contribute to an ongoing project at the Rowland Institute at Harvard University in the laboratory of Robert Brucker. We are looking for candidates that are excellent bionformtics in genome and animal biology or in microbiology or microbial communities with a strong background in to investigate the mechanisms of host-microbiome interactions. Using an insect model system Nasonia, we are experimentally evolving populations of host animals exposed to xenobiotic toxins as environmental stressors. We are observing host and microbiome adaptation as new phenotypes emerge. Experience analyzing large datasets with many variables- whole genome sequencing, transcriptomes, and metabolomics is preferred. Prospective applicants should have made significant contributions to their area of study, as evidenced by a strong publication record. We are seeking creative and highly motivated individuals who want to work in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary research environment.


We look for candidates with strong quantitative skills, proven time and project-management skills, ability to work in a small team environment and excellent communication skills. The position is for one year with potential for renewal with satisfactory performance. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Required qualification: Ph.D. or equivalent by the time of job start in biology, evolution, genomics, bioinformatics, microbiology, evolution, statistics, or other appropriate field. Excellent experimental and organization skills.

 Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in designing and executing experiments involving metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, and/or metabolomic profiling
  • Experience with microbiome data analysis, elucidating host-microbiome interactions, and/or functional prediction of microbial systems using pathway analysis
  • Fluency in standard bioinformatics tools, Python, Perl, and R
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze high-dimensional biological datasets
  • Excellent creativity, decision making, and troubleshooting skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, as demonstrated through publications and presentations
  • Experience with experimental evolution, disease ecology, ecological modeling or advanced statistics
  • Evidence of intellectual leadership


To apply: email a CV, research statement cover letter and three letters of reference to brucker@rowland.harvard.edu Letters of reference can be uploaded directly by letter writers following instructions on the web page. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.



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