Job ID: 110082

Circuit mechanisms in motivated behaviors

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 1 June 2024

Contract Length: 4 years

City: Stockholm

Country: Sweden

Institution: Karolinska Institutet

Department: Neuroscience


Circuit mechanisms in motivated behaviors.

The Meletis Lab at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm is seeking a postdoctoral fellow for a 4-year position to investigate circuit mechanisms in motivated behaviors. We want to recruit a new member with expertise in investigating circuits, and with the ambition to make significant contributions to our understanding of the organization and function of circuits that control motivated behaviors. The successful candidate will investigate the organization and function of circuits and neurons types in the basal ganglia and habenula, their role in producing the complexity of motivated behaviors, and define circuit dysfunction in disease-relevant mouse models.

The project will take advantage of advanced methods in systems neuroscience including in vivo imaging (e.g. photometry, miniscopes) and cell-type specific manipulation during behavior (e.g. optogenetics), whole-brain circuit tracing, and mapping of neuron identity using molecular methods (e,g, snRNA-seq and genetic labeling).

The Meletis Lab is part of an outstanding scientific environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure and with many opportunities for collaborations and interdisciplinary training.



  • Designing and performing experiments to define the role of neurons and circuits in motivated behaviors
  • Analyzing whole-brain tracing, behavioral, and imaging data
  • Collaborating with other lab members
  • Presenting research in seminars and conferences
  • Writing papers and grant proposals
  • Mentoring and training graduate and undergraduate students



A Ph.D. with a strong background in neuroscience.

Experience with mouse behavior, electrophysiology or imaging, chemo/optogenetics, and circuit tracing techniques is expected.

Strong analytical and programming skills.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.

The ability to work collaboratively in a team.



Please submit a short summary of your scientific experience and future outlook, and a CV including publications to Dinos Meletis (

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.