Training and Opportunities

Graduate opportunities & Postdoctoral training

The lab is actively seeking talented, highly motivated individuals to join us to work on various projects at the interface of neuroscience and ecology. Post-doctoral applicants are encouraged to contact Jeff by e-mail. Please include a CV and contact information for three references. Interested graduate students should e-mail me or just stop by. Jeff recruits graduate students through the Department of Biology, the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, and the Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program.

Riffell Mentoring Philosophy

Young scientists and students are indispensable for a successful and exciting lab. Incoming scientists – whether undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctorate – bring fresh ideas and perspectives to the laboratory. I provide a supportive environment where young scientists can explore exciting topics while gaining interdisciplinary training in diverse methodologies. This latter point is important, and I’ve benefitted from having fantastic postdoctoral and senior graduate student colleagues who’ve provided effective mentoring for scientists at various educational levels. My mentoring experience includes methodological training (sensory neurobiology, central nervous system recordings, chemical analytical methods, behavioral and advanced quantitative analyses), as well as providing co-advising and training of undergraduates, graduates, and postdoctorates. Over the years, I’ve tried to create a lab environment built on the foundations of open communication and discovery- and excitement-driven science. My full Mentoring Philosophy can be found here.

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