Cornell University, Neurobiology and Behavior (CALS)

Program ID:Cornell-Neurobiology and Behavior (CALS)-RA [#22200, WDR-00032663]
Program Title: Research Associate
Program Type:Student programs
Program Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Behavior
Systems Neurobiology
Appl Deadline:2022/08/05 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/07/29, finished 2022/08/24, listed until 2023/08/05)
Program Description:    

*** this program has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Position: Research Associate
Start Date: 09/01/2022

Location:     Department of Neurobiology and Behavior
    Lab of Melissa Warden
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850


The Warden Lab in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University seeks candidates for a fully funded research associate position to study the role of hypothalamic and basal ganglia inputs to the lateral habenula in regulating goal-directed behavior. The broad goal of our research program is to understand the neural basis or positively- and negatively motivated behavioral decision-making, and recent work has focused on dopamine, serotonin, and habenular circuits. We utilize an array of techniques to study these circuits including optogenetics, imaging, high-density freely moving neurophysiology, rodent behavior, and computation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Scientific Work (80%)
  • Design and conduct experiments using optogenetics, imaging, electrophysiology, anatomical, and rodent behavioral tools.
  • Analyze date: create figures/illustrations to graphically explain data.
  • Write papers and report on original research.
  • Supervise technicians, graduate and undergraduate researchers in the lab (15%)
  • Participate in scientific seminars, meetings, and workshops (5%)
Cornell has a vibrant neuroscience community spanning a wide range of departments and institutes, including Neurobiology and Behavior, Applied and Engineering Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Computational Biology, Psychology, and Biomedical Sciences, an environment which provides a unique opportunity to apply the latest technological innovations to fundamental problems in neuroscience. Cornell's scenic campus is located in Ithaca, NY an intellectually and culturally rich city in the heart of the Finger Lakes.

Required Qualifications
A PhD in Neuroscience, psychology, or related field is required.
Experience in molecular biology, eletrophysiology, imaging, and data analysis is required.

Preferred Qualifications
A candidate with an interest in the neural mechanisms underlying motivated behavioral decision-making and a minimum of 3 years postdoctoral research experience is preferred.

Commensurate with experience

Melissa Warden, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior

Application Instructions
Interested applicants should submit CV, cover letter, research statement, contact information for 3 references and a statement of contribution to diversity equity, and inclusion via Academic Jobs Online at the following link  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected or the applicate deadline which is August 5, 2022.

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the program description.

Further Info:
email address
Search Committee
Neurobiology and Behavior
W363 Seeley Mudd Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853