Columbia University in the City of New York

Postdoctoral Research Scientist – Sawtell Lab

The Sawtell Lab is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scientist with relevant experience and expertise in cellular, systems, or behavioral neuroscience and a passion for biological research.

The Sawtell Lab is located within the Zuckerman Institute and focuses on understanding cerebellar circuit function in the context of sensory, motor, cognitive and autonomic functions in both electric fish and mice.

The Sawtell Lab is seeking a talented Postdoctoral Research Scientist with relevant experience and expertise in cellular, systems, or behavioral neuroscience and a passion for biological research. Experience with data analysis using Matlab or Python is preferred. The candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in a related discipline.

Applicants are expected to be self-motivated and highly collegial and collaborative, have a creative approach to problem solving and an interest in working with multi-disciplinary teams. Possible projects include studies of the mouse cerebellum, including a collaboration with Dr. Rudy Leibel on novel roles of the cerebellum in feeding behavior and gastrointestinal function. Other projects include studies of electric fish, including the roles of the electric fish cerebellum in motor control, social communication, and cognition as well as collaborative work with Dr. Larry Abbott on mechanisms of prediction learning. Candidates are expected to have strong communication skills, sound judgment and a flexible, open and collaborative style that encourages peer to peer mentoring, teamwork, cooperation and learning. The successful candidate will have opportunities to perform original work, present results at conferences and in publications, and will be supported to foster career development skills including mentoring, teaching and grant writing, both informally and through rich postdoctoral professional development programs at the Zuckerman Institute. Individuals typically underrepresented in STEM fields as well as those with non-traditional career paths are enthusiastically encouraged to apply. 


 Interested applicants will be required to submit the following documents:

- Curriculum Vitae
- Cover Letter including brief statement of your research interests
- List of References


The Sawtell Lab is part of Columbia University’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. The Zuckerman Institute brings together researchers from varied scientific disciplines to explore aspects of the mind and brain. The Zuckerman Institute is located within the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, a state-of-the-art facility on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus in the heart of Manhattan in New York City. The Institute is home to over 50 laboratories employing a broad range of interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the mind and brain. In this highly collaborative and inclusive environment, labs work together to gain insights into diverse aspects of brain function and structure in health and disease.

More information about the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute can be found at:

At the Zuckerman Institute, we are committed to creating a sustainable structure to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. Columbia University welcomes and strongly encourages applicants from underrepresented minorities in STEM (Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Americans or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders), individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, veterans, individuals with disabilities and women (particularly from the above categories).



Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. or doctorate in related STEM field (Biology, Neuroscience, etc.) or equivalent.


Interested candidates should submit application here:


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