Join the lab

We are looking for curious, motivated, and talented people from all different backgrounds to join our team at all levels.

Mentoring is simply one of the best parts of being an academic scientist, and a core mission of the Oldenburg lab. All members of the lab are expected to be helpful and supportive of each other, and I will do everything I can to help each member succeed. Every member of the lab is encouraged to explore that which interests them and to share their specific expertise.


Exceptional candidates with experience in 2-photon Imaging, electrophysiology, molecular neurobiology, optics, and/or computational modeling are encouraged to apply. The lab is focused on understanding how neural activity drives actions, but this question is multifaceted and multidisciplinary. As such, we’re especially interested in recruiting candidates who have skills not already in the lab, and are willing to learn new ones. We have many projects waiting for someone to lead them – let’s talk about what interests you the most!

If interested send an email with the following information:

  • Brief introduction
  • CV
  • copy of your primary thesis work (biorxiv or journal links preferred)
  • Contact information for 2-3 reference writer

Lab Manager / Technician:

We’re currently looking for a curious, organized and flexible candidate to help run the lab. The ideal candidate would have a B.S. in a Science or Engineering field and will handle a diverse set of tasks both involving independent projects and maintaining the activities of the lab. Tasks include animal training, molecular biology, and office work.

If interested send an email with the following:

  • CV
  • Description of your previous research experience
  • Contact information for two references

Graduate Students

If you’re already a student at Rutgers and want to rotate, send an email!


We are always interested in having motivated undergraduate students join the lab!

We’re full now, but check back in the Fall

If you’re a Rutgers student, please send an email with the following:

  • Unofficial transcript
  • Statement describing why you are interested in our work
  • Previous research experience (if applicable)
  • Your future goal

High School Students

At the moment, due to University regulations regarding the nature of the research/equipment we use in the lab, our policy is not to take people who are not yet enrolled at Rutgers or possess a bachelor’s degree. 

Nonetheless, we sincerely appreciate your interest, and wish you the best luck finding a lab to work in. Starting research early can be a great opportunity to get experience in this unique and rewarding career path.

Thank you for your interest! 

Please reach out again if you enroll at Rutgers University.