Hoffman Lab

In the Hoffman lab, our goal is to understand the basic biological mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders, in particular autism spectrum disorders (ASD). To do this, we study the function of genes that are strongly associated with autism in humans to determine how disruption of these genes alters brain development and the neural circuits underlying simple behaviors. Our long-term goal is to use this gene-based approach to identify relevant biological pathways and novel pharmacological treatments that target these pathways.

Responsibilities include genotyping zebrafish, maintaining zebrafish mutant lines, and performing phenotyping assays to identify abnormalities in brain development and behavior in zebrafish mutants of ASD risk genes. The post-graduate associate will gain skills in molecular biology and genetics.


  • BA/BS in biological sciences, biochemistry, neuroscience, or related basic science field
  • Experience in basic science research
  • Highly motivated, organized, strong work ethic, fast learner
  • GPA > 3.5
Find out more at www.hoffmanlab.net

How to Apply

Online Application

To apply, you will need: 

  1. A one to two page personal statement, detailing your relevant experience and career goals. 300-500 words is the ideal length.
  2. Two letters of recommendation sent directly to CSCPostgrads@yale.edu, as well as the contact information for the application form. 
  3. An up-to-date CV to upload.
  4. An official transcript(s) from your institution of study; preferred electronic to CSCPostgrads@yale.edu. 
We have a Common Application for Post-BA positions. During the application you will be asked to choose which group(s) you wish to apply to. Each group you choose will receive your online application as soon as you submit it. Some labs may request more information or application materials.

Thank you for your interest!