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Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology of Learning and Memory in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology of Learning and Memory

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Psychology

Position Description

The Gershman lab at Harvard University is seeking to hire a postdoctoral fellow to work on experimental studies of learning and memory in ciliates (Stentor, Paramecium). This research program is motivated by new ideas about the molecular basis of memory and its ancient origins in protozoa. We are currently focused on studying habituation memory in Stentor as a window into this question. The experiments are strongly guided by theoretical models, in collaboration with Jeremy Gunawardena at Harvard Medical School.

This is a three-year term position with possibility of renewal dependent upon job performance and continued availability of funding.

The Department of Psychology sits within the Division of Social Science, which is strongly committed to creating and supporting a diverse workforce. Respect and fairness, kindness and collegiality, and trust and transparency are among the values we espouse and promote in our workplace culture. We work hard to ensure a healthy, inclusive, and positive environment where everyone does their best work in support of Harvard’s mission. Learn more about our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our departmental diversity statement ( .

Basic Qualifications

PhD in Cellular or Molecular Biology or related field required by the appointment start date. Applicants must have extensive wet lab experience.

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience gathering and/or analyzing data

  • Ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral formats

  • Ability to work in a positive and productive manner with a variety of diverse staff

  • Ability to prioritize work and coordinate research protocols with lab members

  • Excellent attention to detail and organization skills

  • Interest in learning and strengthening existing skillsets

    Special Instructions

Please apply through the ARIeS portal ( . Letters of recommendation will be requested from finalists only. A minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation will be required.

Contact Information

Dr. Samuel Gershman

Northwest Laboratory 190.06

52 Oxford Street,

Cambridge, MA 02138

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Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

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learning; memory; biology

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