Available Positions

POST-DOCTORAL ASSOCIATE: Zebrafish Neural Circuits


We are recruiting for an NIH-funded post-doctoral position in the analysis of zebrafish neural circuits, available immediately.

In collaboration with the Yale Center for Neurotechnology, we constructed a custom, multi-photon, light-sheet microscope for in vivo functional imaging of the zebrafish brain. We are seeking a post-doctoral candidate interested in projects aimed at characterizing neural circuit deficits in zebrafish mutants of autism risk genes.



Candidates should have a Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related field and have prior research experience with in vivo imaging of neural activity and circuit analysis. Preference will be given to those with prior experience with animal models of neuropsychiatric/neurological disorders.


To apply:

Please send an email with your CV, contact information for 3 references, and cover letter to: Dr. Ellen Hoffman (ellen.hoffman@yale.edu) using the subject line: Postdoctoral applicant: Your name. Applicants are encouraged to outline research projects of interest.


We are currently recruiting for a post-graduate research assistant position.


The main goal of the Hoffman Lab is to gain new insights into the roles of genes associated with autism spectrum disorders at the molecular, cellular, and circuit levels to develop improved pharmacological treatments. To accomplish this, we use zebrafish CRISPR-generated mutants of autism risk genes to directly visualize the functions of these genes in the developing nervous system and to perform high-throughput behavior-based screens.



  1. Conduct research, working with the principal investigator to plan, design, and perform experiments.

  2. Perform high-throughput behavioral experiments and drug screens to identify abnormal behaviors in zebrafish mutants of autism risk genes.

  3. General lab maintenance, including organizing databases, placing orders, maintaining stock solutions.

  4. Assist in maintenance of zebrafish facility. Breed and genotype zebrafish to maintain genetic lines.



  1. Bachelor's Degree or Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, or a related field.

  2. Previous experience in basic science research.

  3. Demonstrated record of academic achievement.

  4. Enthusiastic, highly motivated, excellent organizational skills.


To apply:

Candidates should send the following to Dr. Ellen Hoffman


1. A cover letter describing interest in the position.

2. CV.

3. Unofficial transcript.

4. Two letters of recommendation.

Graduate and undergraduate students interested in doing a rotation in the lab should email ellen.hoffman@yale.edu.