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

Jan 2022 – Full Time Research Assistant Position Available

The Moorman Lab at UMass Amherst is hiring a full-time Research Assistant to work on projects related to prefrontal cortex control of action decisions using circuit-level techniques in behaving rats.

Responsibilities include approximately 75% research (including device construction, surgery, behavior, immunochemistry, data analysis) and 25% lab support (ordering, maintaining animal colonies, general lab organization and upkeep, in collaboration with the PI and other lab members). 

The RA will train and work with postdocs and graduate students using high-density electrophysiology, optogenetics, and viral-vector tract-tracing to study how populations of neurons are connected and work together to support action control.  Particularly independent candidates will be able to perform their own research studies, likely in conjunction with a more senior person in the lab.

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in neuroscience, biology, psychology, or another relevant degree.  Preference will be given to applicants with previous experience in rodent neuroscience research, specific techniques employed, and/or computational analysis of neural data.  The successful applicant will be trained on relevant techniques as necessary.

This is a great position for people considering graduate school. We will work with the RA to develop career interests and a competitive application for graduate programs (or other programs as appropriate). Graduate school plans aren’t a requirement for the position, but our interest in / ability to help prepare for graduate studies is potentially an added benefit of the position.

The position is available immediately and will last at least one year, preferably longer provided appropriate satisfaction, progress, and funding.    Please contact 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:

***As of Fall 2022, there are very limited undergraduate positions available. Please check with the lab before completing and submitting an application. Thanks!***

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.