Important Notice!

– We are currently accepting applications for a senior staff scientist or research assistant with at least 2 years of molecular biology experience (cloning, RNA sequencing, NextGen sequencing, etc.).

– We are no longer accepting postdoctoral applications until 2018. Exceptions may be made for candidates with strong computational/programming backgrounds.

Why Join the Tye Lab

Mentoring and training the premier neuroscientists of future generations is a top priority of the Tye Lab. Our goal is to help each and every lab member enjoy daily life in the lab as well as fulfill their maximum potential. All lab members are expected to be helpful, supportive and respectful of all other lab members. All lab members will have the opportunity to investigate questions that interest them and to give and receive mentorship to others in the lab. For more details, see the Tye Lab Philosophy page.

Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows

If you are looking for a position as a post-doc please send an email to us ( with a cover letter describing your past and future projects, career goals, what you hope to get out of the Tye Lab and what you hope to bring to the Tye Lab.  Please enclose your CV and the names, emails and phone numbers of three references.  To be considered, you will need at least one first-author publication in a high quality international journal, a solid chance of getting a fellowship to support your stay at MIT and the potential to be an independent investigator in the near future. Computational background is also a big plus.

At this time, the lab is receiving a number of highly competitive applications, and writing a grant is now a part of the application process.  Not only does this exercise have practical utility, but also allows me to get a sense of your work ethic, your scholarship, and the way you think about science.

Graduate Students

If you are an MIT graduate student looking for a lab, email me ( and we can set up a time to meet.  I always have room for inspired rotation students to discover their talents!  Motivation, enthusiasm and curiosity required.  Computational background is a big plus. Communicative individuals preferred.

If you are looking for a graduate student position in the Tye Lab and are not currently at MIT, you will need to apply to either the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, or through the Department of Biology and select the Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience track.

Undergraduate Students

If you are currently an MIT student looking for a UROP, please email me ( with your prior experience (research, computational, or otherwise), any relevant coursework, a rough estimate of how much time you plan to spend in the lab and whether you wish to work for credit or for pay. Also, please take a peek at the Philosophy page and let me know exactly what your UROP goals are.

Research Assistants

If you are looking for a position as a technician or research assistant, please email us ( with the duration and intensity of your previous lab experience, an inventory of your laboratory skill set including administrative or other organizational skills, your career goals and employment timeline. Unless you have extensive experience in a lab using similar techniques, we typically expect potential research assistants or lab technicians to volunteer until they are proficient in basic lab skills.

Visiting Students

If you are a current student hoping to work in the lab as a visiting student (routinely 6-12 months) to fulfill the requirements of a master’s thesis or undergraduate thesis, please email me ( your CV and the names, emails and phone numbers of three references, and a brief statement about your research /career goals and leadership style. Excellent organizational skills and communication skills are required. Previous wet lab research experience and/or computational/programming skills are a plus. Additional requirements pertaining to non-US citizens are described below.

**We welcome international visiting students for 6-12 months. If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident you must meet the financial requirements for an MIT sponsored visa in order to be considered. Details about these requirements can be found here. It should also be noted that funding must be from a third-party, and cannot be from a personal/family funding source.**

Laboratory Managers

I am looking for someone who is passionate about science but understands the necessary groundwork required to keep a bustling lab afloat. This person should have a total of at least 3 years experience working full time in neuroscience laboratories. This person shall have the opportunity to lead and participate in research projects to the extent that they desire. If you are interested, please email me ( your CV and the names, emails, and phone numbers of three references and a brief statement about your leadership style. Excellent organizational skills and communication skills are required.