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Requests for information and postdoc/undergraduate lab applications should be submitted to David:


August 2019 – Research Assistant Position Available

A Research Assistant position is available in a joint project in the Vazey lab ( and Moorman lab ( at UMass Amherst. 

The RA will participate in studies involving behavioral, pharmacological/chemogenetic, and physiological investigation of the locus coeruleus and prefrontal cortex in mouse models of chronic stress and alcohol exposure. 

The research questions focus on how chronic alcohol and stress influence cognition (e.g., attention, learning, memory, decision-making, behavioral flexibility), anxiety, and alcohol consumption, and how noradrenergic pathways are involved in normal and disrupted function. Studies involve chemogenetics in transgenic cre-lox mouse models, and novel cognitive behavioral paradigms. 

See a recent manuscripts here and here, and a description of research plans here.

Candidates should possess the following:

  • BA or BS (neuroscience or a related discipline)
  • Experience with at least one of the following:
    • Rodent behavior, stereotaxic surgery, neurophysiology, and/or optogenetics/chemogenetics
  • Experience with some of the following is considered a plus:
    • Drug or alcohol self-administration, rodent cognitive testing, basic electronics/engineering skills, programming in Python, Matlab, R, etc. – especially in the context of statistical analysis of neural data
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are important.  Enthusiasm, motivation, and persistence are essential.  Applicants will need to be able to work both independently and collaboratively.  We place strong emphasis on collegiality and teamwork. 

The position is available immediately and will last approximately two years or longer, provided appropriate satisfaction and progress.  Please contact either Elena Vazey ( or David Moorman ( to discuss the position further.


Graduate Students:

Graduate applications are through the UMass Amherst Graduate Program in Neuroscience and Behavior.

Please contact David if you would like to discuss whether or not we are currently accepting new students.

Note that, although the lab application document below is primarily for undergraduate students, it’s worth having a look to see what kind of information is useful when applying to work in a lab.


Undergraduate Students:

Please fill out the application form below and email it to David.  Please note that this will be shared with other lab members to assess potential project fit.

Moorman_Lab_Application (save link to download)

After you submit your application, I will check with current lab members to see who is available to take on new students for training.  Unfortunately we are unable to bring in new undergraduates without an established mentor, so positions will be limited.  However, submitting an application will guarantee that it is considered by the current senior members of the lab.