Postdoctoral Fellow in Synapse Neurobiology

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (US)
Salary is commensurate with NIH FY2017 guidelines plus benefits
April 20 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Mosca Lab at Thomas Jefferson University is hiring!

We are a newly established, NIH-funded, lab seeking motivated, independent-thinking POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS to study the molecular basis of synapse organization. Our broad goal is to define the mechanisms of how synapses form and function by focusing on two major areas: 1) elucidating the events downstream of critical cell surface synapse organizers, and 2) understanding how development of and three-dimensional synapse organization in the mature brain shape behavior. Currently, we have specific projects aimed at 1) dissecting the rules of plasticity in the CNS at the level of individual synaptic connections and 2) examining the molecular pathways that underlie synapse development in the brain. We combine high resolution microscopy, Drosophila genetics, biochemistry, and behavioral analyses to understand the developmental, molecular, and circuit logics that underlie synaptic connectivity. The PI also places high value on creating a supportive environment for scientists to grow, learn, question, discover, and achieve their professional goals.

The Department of Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University is a vibrant community of neuroscientists with strengths in studying synapse biology, neurodegenerative disease, and neurophysiology. You will join a quickly growing cadre of supportive, outstanding, and collaborative neuroscientists in an exciting research environment located in the heart of Philadelphia.

Optimal candidates will have a recent Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related field, evidence of outstanding scholarship, and excellent communication skills. Candidates with biochemical and/or Drosophila experience are particularly encouraged to apply. Salary will reflect NIH FY2017 guidelines and be commensurate with experience. Though the position is funded, candidates will be encouraged and mentored to apply for additional support. In addition to core lab projects, postdocs will have the opportunity to pursue studies that combine their interests with that of the PI.

Visit our website ( to learn more! Interested candidates should send a CV, a 1 page description of research experience and interests, and contact information for 3 references to:

Dr. Tim Mosca
Department of Neuroscience
Thomas Jefferson University
timothy dot mosca at jefferson dot edu