We’re always interested in talking to qualified postdoc candidates. Particularly those with backgrounds in Statistics, Computer Science, Physics, or any other field where you do applied math for a living. Neuroscience experience is not required, though neuroscience interest is.
Duke provides a wonderful environment for students interested in pursuing the kind of interdisciplinary research we do. As a result, P[λ]ab accepts graduate students through multiple programs:
Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. The PhD in biostatistics is a rigorous program that focuses on statistical theory and its application to biomedical research. The program is small, and like most programs at Duke, highly competitive. Compared to neuroscience PhD programs, the number of required courses is high, and many admitted students enter having completed a master’s degree. This is John’s home department.
Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program. Unlike most PhD programs, CNAP is not tied to a single department. Rather, it gives students the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary research in cognitive neuroscience before ultimately affiliating with a department like Psychology & Neuroscience or Neurobiology. CNAP is administered by the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, which includes faculty whose interests range from speech and development to neurons and computation. Students do three semester-long rotations and are often jointly mentored. The typical CNAP student has a strong interest in cognition and is looking to pursue research that crosses traditional departmental boundaries. John is a core faculty member of CCN.
Neurobiology. The Department of Neurobiology offers a PhD through its graduate training program. Research in the department focuses on biological and mechanistic approaches, typically at the cellular and molecular or systems and circuits level. John is a member of the training faculty and can accept students for rotations or PhD mentorship.
Psychology and Neuroscience. The department offers a PhD program with emphases in multiple areas, including Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience and Systems and Integrative Neuroscience. John has a secondary appointment in the department and can accept students.
Electrical and Computer Engineering. The department offers a PhD program and has an exceptional faculty in Signal and Information Processing. John has a secondary appointment in ECE and can accept students. The program is by direct admission, so interested students should reach out to John in advance and mention the lab in their applications.
If you plan on applying, keep a few things in mind:
We sometimes advertise positions for research associates/data scientists. These roles are best-suited to post-baccalaureate students who plan to go on to graduate school or careers in data science. Applicants should send a cv, cover letter, and code sample (GitHub/BitBucket/Gitlab profile preferred) to John for consideration. Again, we prioritize applicants with strong coding and quantitative skills.
P[λ]ab offers undergraduates several opportunities to contribute to the work of the lab:
A few points to note: