Join the Lab

The Asahina lab seeks postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates with a passion for animal behavior, genetics, and neuroscience. We are particularly excited to welcome those with the following qualifications:

– Knowledge of social insects

– Experience with neurophysiological experiments (electrophysiology, functional imaging)

– Experience with deep sequencing, including bioinformatics analysis of sequencing data and data mining from genomic databases

– Programming skills, especially experience with MATLAB

For inquiries into a postdoc position

Please send your most recent CV, and a brief statement describing (1) the types of questions you are interested in asking in the Asahina lab, (2) how your previous experience would be an asset to the lab, and (3) what project(s) you would like to work on in the lab. Your CV should include the contact information for three senior scientists who are willing to provide a reference for you.

For inquiries into graduate student positions:

You must be admitted to either the UCSD Biology Graduate Program or the UCSD Neuroscience Graduate Program. If you would like to rotate in the Asahina lab, please contact at least 6 weeks in advance to discuss project ideas and the possibility of rotation.

For inquiries into undergraduate internships:

You may pursue an academic credit under BILD 99 / BISP 199 (Independent/Individual Research) in the Asahina lab. Please send your most recent CV and a brief statement describing what aspect of biology interests you the most, and why you find our research program particularly appealing.

For inquiries into high school interns:

Unfortunately, the Asahina lab does not accept high school interns at this time.

For inquiries into international exchange opportunities:

Due to Salk’s visa sponsorship rules, the Asahina lab can accept exchange students from outside of the United States only if you have bachelor’s degrees or equivalent, and only as a part of your graduate program. Please send your most recent CV and information of your internship or exchange program. Inquiries should be sent with sufficient lead time (6 months or more prior to the start date) to ensure enough time for processing visa and other documents.

Please send inquiries to Kenta Asahina [kasahina at] and Cindy Doane [doane at].