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Neuronal Mechanisms of Episodic Memory

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, Jupiter, Florida

Position Description: 

The Wang Lab at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience ( is inviting applications for a postdoctoral position. Our group seeks highly motivated and independent individuals to join our effort focused on the neuronal mechanisms of episodic memory.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

The Wang Lab investigates the circuit underpinnings of episodic memory. In particular, we developed a unique approach to isolate the hippocampal neuronal activities that are independent of sensory inputs and potentially represent memory traces. Using this approach, we seek to understand how elements of the hippocampal circuit cooperate to generate the memory-related neuronal activities and support memory encoding and learning.

Our investigation employs a combination of in vivo electrophysiological, advanced two-photon imaging, optogenetic, chemogenetic, and neuropharmacological approaches, and couples experiments with computational modeling. We also set up cutting-edge virtual reality environments to precisely control animals’ behavior. We encourage applications from candidates who are interested in applying multidisciplinary approaches to examine circuit mechanisms of memory.


Education and/or Experience:

The ideal candidates should have an upcoming or recent Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D. in neuroscience or related fields. Candidates having a background in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science, or physics and interested in understanding the neuronal mechanisms of learning and memory are also welcomed to apply.

Previous experience with in vivo electrophysiology and/or two-photon imaging, quantitative data analysis and computer programming is highly preferred. Excellent communication skills and an ability to work well in a team are required.

Additional Information:

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience is part of the Jupiter Neuroscience Research Campus that also includes the Scripps Research Institute Florida and Florida Atlantic University. It provides a flourishing interdisciplinary research environment for neuroscience.

We offer outstanding benefits and salary compensation above the NIH scales.

To Apply:

Interested candidates are encouraged to send the following documents to Dr. Yingxue Wang (email address:
  • Curriculum vitae with a list of publications
  • A statement of research experiences and interests (1-2 pages)
  • The names and contact information of three references

Personal contact can be addressed to the above email address prior to the application.


This post will be available until August 20, 2021 or until filled.

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