Join the Marsden Lab!

The Marsden Lab believes that having a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives – encompassing race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and socioeconomic status – in the lab and in the larger scientific community is critical for generating new ideas, challenging old ones, and making progress towards solving the many problems facing our society. We strive to create an environment where all are welcome, where fun is had, and where exciting discoveries are made!

The Marsden Lab is recruiting for the following positions:

Postdoctoral researcher: The Marsden Lab is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to spearhead a project investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate sensory responsiveness. Sensory over-responsiveness is a debilitating condition often experienced by those with anxiety disorders and/or autism, and so this work is very clinically relevant. The project will combine high-resolution imaging of synapse dynamics, neuronal activity, and behavior to uncover links between the actin cytoskeleton, neural circuit function, and auditory sensitivity. You will receive training in all of these methods, along with mentorship in written and oral communication, in applying for grants/fellowships, and in teaching skills. Qualifications:

  • PhD (or an upcoming PhD defense date) in neuroscience or a related field
  • Experience with confocal imaging and image analysis highly preferred
  • Strong background in genetics and statistics
  • Eagerness to mentor graduate and undergraduate students
  • Commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion

NC State is a fantastic place to do your postdoc, with a tightly-knit and growing neuroscience community, plentiful opportunities for community engagement and partnership with industry, and many amazing scientists to collaborate with across the Research Triangle. This postdoc position is fully-funded by the lab’s recent R01 award from the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke (NINDS)! To apply, send the following documents to Dr. Marsden (, with “Marsden Lab – Postdoc Application” in the Subject line:

  • 1-2 page cover letter that summarizes your scientific background and outlines your reasons for applying for this position
  • Curriculum vitae (C.V.)
  • Contact information for three (3) professional references

Laboratory technician: We are looking to hire an outstanding technician to help manage the lab’s growing research portfolio. Experience in working with zebrafish is a huge plus, but is NOT required. Excellent organizational and communication skills, as well as lots of enthusiasm for science ARE required! In this position, you’ll have many opportunities for career development, including co-authorship on publications, training and managing student researchers, and learning new techniques for analysis of neural circuits and behavior. A master’s degree or equivalent experience is required. Check out the full job posting and submit your application here! Contact Dr. Marsden ( with any questions.