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Cell Biology and Biochemistry - Synapse Development and Plasticity

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Dendrite Morphogenesis and Plasticity Unit, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

The Dendrite Morphogenesis and Plasticity Unit at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has a postdoctoral fellow position to study dendrite development and experience-dependent structural plasticity.

Our group studies visual experience-induced homeostatic structural plasticity in the Drosophila larval visual circuit. The exceptional optical and genetic accessibility of the model system allows us to identify and characterize many candidate genes through genetic studies, RNA-seq analyses and high resolution in vivo cellular and functional imaging. We are seeking a motivated team member to join our efforts in studying the chemical and molecular organizations of central synapse and identifying the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying experience-dependent plasticity in the developing neural circuit. More information about the lab can be found at:  


The applicant should have a recent (less than 3 years) PhD degree in Neuroscience, Physiology, Biochemistry or Cell Biology. Individuals with research experience in Drosophila genetics, imaging techniques and biochemistry are preferred, and a history of solid prior publications are required. Salary and compensation will be commensurate with experience and accomplishments.

To Apply:

Please send a CV, a brief statement of research experience and goals, and the contact information of three references to


National Institute of Health offers the state of art facility equipped for advanced neuroscience research and a large and vibrant research community.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. NIH, an agency of DHHS, is an equal opportunity employer.