We study how animal behavior emerges from the complex interaction amongst the animal's nervous systems, their muscle-body dynamics, and their environment. We use fruitflies (Drosophila melanogaster) as our model organism because they perform many complex behaviors with a relatively simple brain, and because of the many genetic tools that are available in the flies. We employ a multi-pronged approach which includes in vivo whole-cell patch clamp recordings, imaging, quantitative measurement of behavior, biomechanics and computation.
For more information on research conducted in the Bhandawat lab, please check our website at http://sites.biology.duke.edu/bhandawatlab/.
Please send a cover letter and CV. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
- This is a full-time research position.
- Position will involve performing in-vivo whole-cell patch clamp recordings from the fly brain and in-vivo imaging using calcium or voltage sensitive dyes.
- Quantitative measures of behavior
BS in Neuroscience/Biomedical Engineering with sound knowledge of cellular and molecular neuroscience. We will also consider candidates with advanced degrees. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in electrophysiology and/or imaging.
Experience with Matlab and Adobe Illustrator is desirable. Strong quantitative training is desirable, as is experience with Drosophila.
Duke is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
Authorized to work in USA