The Lerner Lab seeks passionate, curious, and self-driven scientists to join our team. See below for a listing of available positions. To apply, send the requested information to

Thank you for your interest in the Lerner Lab!


Applicants for postdoctoral positions must have completed or be nearing completion of a Ph.D. in neuroscience, biology, engineering, psychology or a related field. Please send your CV, a statement of research skills and interests (1-2 pages), and contact information for three references. All applications are welcome, however, at the moment the Lerner Lab is particularly interested in hiring candidates with expertise and interest in optics, tissue-clearing, and whole-brain image analysis.

Graduate Students

You must be enrolled in a graduate program at Northwestern to join the Lerner Lab as a graduate student. Check out our interdisciplinary neuroscience program at If you have questions about the lab prior to applying, please email Talia. In general, the deadline to apply each year is December 1, for admittance the following spring.

If you are a current graduate student at Northwestern interested in rotating in the Lerner Lab, please email Talia to set up an in-person meeting to discuss available spots and potential rotation projects.

Undergraduates and research assistants

There may be opportunities for undergraduates or research technicians to assist with a project being led by a postdoc or graduate student in the lab, depending on the availability of those team members to mentor you. Please reach out to Talia to inquire about the current availability of such opportunities. Indicate the time commitment you would be able to make (be specific: hours, days of the week, school year and/or summer), your previous research experience (if any), and any relevant coursework, including studies in programming, statistics or engineering as well as biology and neuroscience.

Northwestern offers research grants and summer programs that may be of interest to undergraduates seeking research experience:

Summer Research Opportunity Program (for sophomores and juniors from colleges and universities across the United States)

Summer Undergraduate Research Grants / Academic Year Undergraduate Research Grants (for Northwestern undergraduates)

Northwestern also offers a post-baccalaureate program for recent college graduates. Admittance to this program would allow you to work in the Lerner Lab for at least one year. Applicants from underrepresented groups and those with disabilities, or from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply: