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Jay Bikoff, PhD

Jay Bikoff
Department of Developmental Neurobiology
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Join the Lab!

Available Positions - Opening Spring 2018 at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Because our lab uses multidisciplinary approaches, including molecular biology and mouse genetics, imaging, single-cell genomics/computational biology, and behavior, we are excited to recruit biologists with many different backgrounds, talents, and interests. The Bikoff lab has a strong commitment to mentoring and training lab members at all stages of their scientific career. Our goal is to do the best science possible in an environment that is both exciting and supportive.

Research Technician Position

We are hiring a research technician to help establish a state-of-the-art neuroscience lab at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, beginning in spring/summer 2018. Successful candidates will provide general research support and lab management, and directly contribute to ongoing experiments involving mouse genetics, viral tracing, stereotaxic and other surgical approaches, imaging, and behavior.


  • Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, biology, computer science, or a related field
  • A commitment of two years

Previous research experience and familiarity with Matlab or other programming languages is preferred.

Postdoctoral Position

A postdoctoral position is available in the Bikoff lab, beginning in spring/summer 2018. The ideal candidate is a highly motivated individual interested in understanding the functional organization of neural circuits that control movement. Current projects focus on cell-type diversity within the spinal cord, and how descending systems in the brain convey information to different types of interneurons in the spinal motor system. We are also interested in exploring the functional roles of spinal inhibitory interneurons in motor output. These projects take advantage of a highly multidisciplinary approach, including viral genetic tools, single-cell genomics, whole-brain imaging with light-sheet microscopy, and mouse behavior. While we are especially looking for applicants who have experience with the techniques listed above, motivated individuals from any background are encouraged to apply. It is expected that the candidate will develop their own research project, interact collaboratively with other members of the lab, and have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Applications: Individuals with evidence of scientific accomplishment are encouraged to apply by sending their CV, a brief description of research interests, and contact information for three references to jay.bikoff@stjude.org.

Graduate Student Position

The Bikoff Lab seeks intellectually curious and motivated graduate students to join our group. We use a combination of molecular, genetic, imaging, and behavioral approaches to investigate the organization and function of neural circuits that control movement in the mouse. Interested candidates should send an email to jay.bikoff@stjude.org to arrange a time to discuss rotation projects.


The Bikoff lab is open to students from all academic backgrounds. A minimum commitment of 12 hrs/week in the lab is expected. Please send a one-page letter stating why you are interested in joining the lab, and what you hope to gain from the experience.