Job ID: 118296

Circuit mechanisms in motivated behavior

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 15 April 2024

Contract Length: 4 years

City: Stockholm

Country: Sweden

Institution: Karolinska Institutet

Department: Neuroscience


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


The Meletis Laboratory at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm has an open position for a postdoctoral fellow to investigate circuit mechanisms in motivated behaviors. We want to recruit a new member with expertise in circuit/systems neuroscience, 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 how the organization of circuits and neurons types in the basal ganglia and habenula serves to produce 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 cell-type specific in vivo imaging (e.g. photometry, miniscopes), cell-type specific manipulation during behavior (e.g. optogenetics), wholebrain circuit tracing, Patch-seq, and mapping of neuron identity using molecular methods (e,g, snRNA-seq and genetic labeling).


  • Designing and performing experiments to define the role of neurons and circuits in motivated behaviors
  • Analyzing wholebrain 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, in vivo imaging or electrophysiology, optogenetics, and circuit tracing methods.

Strong analytical and programming skills.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

The ability to work collaboratively in a team.


Application process

An application must contain the following documents in English:

  • A complete curriculum vitae, including date of the thesis defence, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work
  • A complete list of publications
  • A summary of current work (no more than one page)