We're looking for talented researchers.

We seek individuals with backgrounds in physics, neuroscience, molecular biology, engineering or computer science who are interested in applying their skills towards investigating how patterns of neural activity drive behavior.

Graduate Students

Prospective grad students should apply to Princeton's PhD programs in either Physics, Neuroscience or Quantitative and Computational Biology. Current or incoming Princeton graduate students interested in rotating or doing an experimental project should send a CV to Andrew Leifer to schedule a meeting.


Princeton undergraduates interested in summer research or in conducting a Junior or Senior Thesis should send a CV to Andrew Leifer to schedule a meeting. It helps to get in touch early.

Undergraduates from other institutions should consider applying to the MOL/QCB SURP or PNI Summer research programs. In prior years applications have been due February 1.

Post-doctoral positions

The lab currently has two searches for postdoctoral positions:

Precision measurements of the brain

A postdoctoral research associate or more senior researcher is sought for a neural imaging and optogenetics project in moving animals. A PhD in a related field is required as well as a background in experimental physics, optics, computer science, electrical engineering or neuroscience with expertise building and using custom scientific instruments for precision measurements. In particular, someone is sought who is comfortable working with custom optics, ultrafast lasers, electronics and custom software. Candidates should be self-motivated by a desire to understand open questions in neuroscience.

Ideal attributes are:

Apply for this position online via Princeton's A-Hire system at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/21462.

Neural circuits and behavior in C. elegans

We are seeking an extremely motivated postdoctoral researcher with a background in neural systems or circuits investigations. The postdoctoral researcher will leverage the lab's optical neurophysiology toolkit to investigate neural circuit function underlying behavior in the nematode C. elegans. Experimental approaches will include brain-wide population calcium imaging of brain activity, optogenetic manipulation of specific neurons and circuits, large-scale measurements of functional connectivity, behavioral experiments, genetic studies and measures of gene expression. Possible application domains may include sensorimotor processing, chemosensory guided navigation, mating behavior or learning.

A PhD in neuroscience, molecular biology, biophysics or a related field is required. Successful applicants will have demonstrated a strong record of research accomplishment and creativity. Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Ideal attributes are:

Interested applicants must apply online at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/21861 and include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a publication list, and contact information of at least two references.

Named Post-doctoral Fellowships

Exceptional postdoctoral candidates interested in working or collaborating with the lab are further encouraged to apply to any of the following prestigious named fellowships. These are awarded competitively at the departmental level and provide additional recognition and benefits. Please also notify Andrew Leifer if you plan to apply.