Research Specialist I

Requisition # 2017-8256
Date Posted 3 months ago(12/4/2017 12:46 PM)
Princeton Neuroscience Inst
Research and Laboratory
Full-Time / Part-Time


The Princeton Neuroscience Institute has a Research Specialist position available to work for the Collaboration on Systems-level Mechanisms in Cognition (CoSMiC). This multi-laboratory project seeks to understand how multiple brain regions work together to carry out cognitive processing, using mice as a model system for mammalian brain function.


This primary responsibility of this position is to provide support for the efforts of multiple laboratories. A principal project is understanding how multiple brain regions work together in working memory and decision-making. This project is part of a collaboration with Carlos Brody, Mark Goldman (UC Davis), Jonathan Pillow, Sebastian Seung, David Tank, Sam Wang, and Ilana Witten.


The ideal applicant will be an energetic, self-directed person with previous research experience and animal tissue handling; should be comfortable with computer-based analysis and the handling of giga/terabyte-scale data. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal based on funding and performance. A commitment of at least two years is preferred.



The principal activity is to perform post-experiment alignment and reconstruction of brains from imaging and after genetics experiments. Duties will include:


  • Collaboration with graduate students or postdoctoral research fellows in the participating laboratories to harvest brains after  imaging, optogenetics, or electrophysiology experiments.
  • Clearing (uDISCO), fluorescence labeling, and light-sheet microscopic reconstruction of expression patterns.
  • Computer-based registration of brains using the Allen Brain Atlas.
  • Quantitative analysis of fluorescence signals, including automatic cell recognition using custom Python scripts.


A bachelor's degree in a science or engineering field is required, along with previous research experience. A degree in natural science, engineering, or computing-related field is highly preferred. A master's degree is a plus.


Applicants should apply online and include a cover letter, a CV, and a list of at least two potential referees, and also email this information to Sam Wang ( Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

RSP, 010

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Comments Related to End Date

One-year term position, subject to renewal based on satisfactory performance and funding.

Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required



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