Scientist – Optogenetics and Behavioral Pharmacology

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Job Description

MapLight Therapeutics is a clinical stage biotech company that focuses on drug discovery for

central nervous system disorders. We combine cutting-edge technologies including optogenetics,

in vivo physiology, and spatial transcriptomics to identify novel drug targets and develop effective

therapies to address psychiatric symptoms. We are seeking a highly motivated Scientist with

expertise in optogenetics and behavioral neuroscience who will become a key contributor to our

discovery team. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a small team and translate knowledge about

brain circuitry into transformative therapies.



Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Optogenetics and stereotaxic surgery for virus injection/cannula implantation

• Behavioral characterization in mouse relevant to CNS indications

• Working familiarity with automated video tracking systems

• Behavioral pharmacology and drug administration

• Immunohistochemistry and fluorescence imaging

• Data analysis and interpretation



• PhD in a discipline related to neuroscience with significant industry and/or academic

lab experience

• Ability to lead and carry out experiments independently

• Experience with mouse behavior, optogenetics, and stereotaxic surgery is necessary

• Strong working familiarity with rodent brain anatomy and functional neural circuitry

• Must work cooperatively in a goal-oriented team environment

• Strong oral and written communication skills that enable the individual to interact with

all levels of management, technical and scientific personnel

• Passion to contribute to the success of a cutting-edge company


MapLight Therapeutics is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering a competitive salary and

benefits package.

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