Postdoctoral Associate in Vertebrate Neuroscience (63549)



The University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher to conduct research on how motivational state alters the behavior of vertebrate animals and the neural pathways responsible for these effects. This research will employ zebrafish as a model organism and techniques including whole-brain calcium imaging, optogenetics, electrophysiology, and behavioral assays. We seek a driven applicant who has obtained a Ph.D. in biology or a related field. Research experience in experimental neuroscience and complex data analysis are highly valued.

The successful candidate will join the Strother Lab, which focuses on questions at the interface between neurobiology and physiology using fishes as model organisms. The Strother Lab is located at the UF Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, a research center dedicated to studying fundamental problems in biology and applying that knowledge to issues of human health, natural resources, and the environment. The Whitney Laboratory is situated in St. Augustine, Florida between the Atlantic and the Matanzas River, where researchers enjoy access to a unique biodiversity of plants and animals.

The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment that promotes diversity in many forms. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to this environment through their scholarship and professional service.

  • PhD in Biology or a related field
  • Research experience in experimental neurobiology or animal behavior
  • Ability to implement complex analysis through programming
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Prior experience working with fishes is preferred but not necessary


Please send inquiries and applications to Dr. Strother at james.strother@whitney.ufl.edu

For full consideration, applications should include: a cover letter, a CV that includes a list of publications, a brief statement summarizing the applicant's ongoing research directions and future interests, and the names of three references. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received by September 15, 2020 .

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education. The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/ .

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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