Work Arrangement:  On-Site
Requisition Number:  239196
Regular or Temporary:  Regular

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  MEDICAL CENTER
Date:  May 14, 2024
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The Franks Lab, ( investigates the function of neural circuits in the mouse olfactory system. Our goal is to understand how these circuits enable a mouse to detect, identify, and discriminate among a vast array of odors. Additionally, we explore how these circuits contribute to the creation, storage, and retrieval of memories associated with specific odors.


We are searching for a Senior Research Scientist to join our team to lead a study examining the role of defined neuronal cell types in distinct odor-guided behaviors. These experiments will involve training mice to perform olfaction-based behavioral experiments, performing cranial surgeries to introduce various viral vectors, conducting in vivo electrophysiology experiments, and analyzing resulting data. In addition to these core duties, the candidate may play a role in shaping experimental designs, setting up and maintaining equipment, and helping write manuscripts and research grants. We are seeking a candidate with a strong background in neuroscience and a keen interest in unraveling the complexities of olfactory neural circuits.




  1. Neural Recordings: Conduct high-density electrophysiology recordings in mice, often in behaving animals, to collect large-scale neural data.
  2. Data Analysis: Utilize quantitative methods to analyze the collected data, ensuring comprehensive insights into the neural processes under investigation.
  3. Documentation: Thoroughly document research activities for publication purposes and grant reporting, contributing to the dissemination of our findings.
  4. Colony Maintenance: Assist in the maintenance of mouse colonies, ensuring their well-being and the availability of subjects for experiments.
  5. Animal Preparation: Prepare animals for recording, which may involve tasks such as viral vector injections, ensuring optimal conditions for data acquisition.
  6. Equipment Setup and Maintenance: Set up and maintain behavioral apparatus and data acquisition equipment, contributing to the seamless execution of experiments.
  7. Training: Provide training to less experienced lab members in surgical procedures, recording techniques, and best experimental practices.




  • Educational Background: A Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related field. Special consideration may be given to candidates without a doctoral degree who have a proven track-record of independent, high-level research in neurosciences. Facility with MatLab or Python is essential.


Our ideal candidate possesses a strong academic background, expertise in electrophysiology and quantitative data analysis tools, and a commitment to advancing our understanding of olfactory neural circuits. If you are passionate about neuroscience and possess the required qualifications, come join our collaborative and dynamic research environment.






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