Join the Team!

The Lucas Lab is recruiting talented individuals to join the team! See open positions below:

Postdoctoral Scholar

We are seeking a postdoctoral scholar to join our team to investigate how biological sex interacts with stress to promote susceptibility and resilience to affective disorders. This interdisciplinary project will incorporate several cutting-edge techniques, including whole-brain mapping, chemogenetics, and cell-specific transcriptional profiling, with whole-cell slice electrophysiology and behavioral analysis. Applicants for this position should have a doctoral degree in neuroscience or a related field. Expertise (or a strong desire to gain expertise) in slice electrophysiology is required. Interested candidates should send their current CV, names and contact information for 3 references, a one-page statement of interest, and a writing sample to

Undergraduate Researchers

NC State undergraduates wanting to gain hands-on research experience can join the Lucas Lab for research credit hours (i.e. CBS 493, PSY 499, etc.), as federal work-study students, or as volunteers. Undergraduates in the Lucas Lab will work closely with Dr. Lucas, a postdoctoral researcher, or a graduate student to complete independent research projects that contribute to the larger goals of the lab. Undergraduate researchers will have the opportunity to learn techniques such as mouse behavior, biochemistry, microscopy, molecular biology, and applied data analysis. Undergraduate researchers are expected to attend and contribute to weekly lab meetings. Interested students should meet the following criteria before applying to work in the Lucas Lab: (1) Sophomore year or higher, (2) 3.3 GPA or higher, (3) willingness to commit at least 15 hours/week in the lab for at least two consecutive semesters, which may include working on some nights and weekends, and (4) an understanding, respect, and acceptance of the use of live animals in research. Students are encouraged to read this article about getting the most out of an undergraduate research experience. To apply submit a resume, unofficial transcript, brief statement of future career goals, and brief statement of their interest in the Lucas Lab to Dr. Lucas at