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Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the Hoffman Lab at the Yale Child Study Center ( We use zebrafish as a translational tool to investigate the function of genes that are strongly associated with autism spectrum disorders (Hoffman et al. 2016 Neuron). Specifically, we use CRISPR-generated zebrafish mutants to study how disruption of autism risk genes affects the developing brain and the neural circuitry underlying simple behaviors. Our goal is to utilize this system to identify basic mechanisms underlying autism and potential new pharmacotherapies.

Candidates must have a Ph.D., M.D., or M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Genetics, or Cell and Developmental Biology. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in standard and advanced molecular biology techniques, developmental neurobiology, and microscopy. Special consideration will be given to applicants with experience using animal models of human genetic disorders. Candidates should be highly motivated, enthusiastic, learn quickly, have a strong work ethic, and a high degree of independence.

Please send your CV, a cover letter stating your research interests and professional goals, and the contact information for three (3) references to Dr. Ellen Hoffman (

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