Padmanabhan Laboratory - Application Date: 12/2019 - 10/2021
Krishnan Padmanabhan at the University of Rochester School of Medicine seeks 2 enthusiastic and skilled researchers to join our team. Both post-doctoral positions are NIH funded. Projects involve using induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) transplanted into mouse to model neurological and psychiatric diseases. Methods include iPSC based culture, multi-photon in vivo imaging, and electrophysiology in awake behaving mice to characterize neural structure and activity patterns in engrafted iPSC-derived neurons. These projects include possible collaborations with human patient researchers and theoretical neuroscientists.
Post-doctoral fellows will be members of the Department of Neuroscience, The Center for Visual Sciences, and the Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience. The University of Rochester community encourages interactions among researchers in neurology and psychiatry, neuroscience, genetics, physics, computer science, engineering, biology, brain and cognitive sciences spanning the School of Medicine, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering. Both positions are 1-year initial appointments with opportunities for yearly renewal.
Eligible applicants will have (or about to receive) a PhD or MD/PhD in stem cell biology, neuroscience, computer science, biomedical engineering, or a related discipline and have experience in iPSC-based methods for neuroscience, small animal electrophysiology, two-photon imaging or neural activity analysis. Candidates with programming (MATLAB/Python), mathematical/data analysis backgrounds, and interests in disease modeling and interdisciplinary research are especially encouraged to apply.
Rochester, located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, is the third largest city in the state of New York and has been ranked by Forbes, Kiplinger, and the Places Almanac as an ideal city for families and one of the most livable cities in the country. With multiple research and teaching universities, a strong technology and innovation sector, a world class music school, museums, a vibrant restaurant scene, and easy access to the Finger Lakes Region, Rochester is a wonderful place to do research in a wonderful setting.
To inquire and apply, please email Krishnan Padmanabhan with a letter of interest, full CV, names and contacts of three references, and at least one representative publication. Review of applications will begin immediately.
Postdoctoral Position in Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory - Application Date: 12/2019 - 4/2021
The Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory (CNL) directed by Dr. John Foxe and co-directed by Dr. Ed Freedman is hiring post-doctoral fellows specializing in the human and/or murine neurophysiology. The CNL at Rochester is a large lab with a wide-ranging program of research including, but not limited to mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders, human electrocorticography, stationary and mobile human electroencephalography, and both structural and functional MRI. In addition to basic neurophysiology, current and future projects will involve the study of processing impairments associated with such diseases as schizophrenia, autism, Rett Syndrome, Alzheimer's disease and other neurologic disorders and diseases.
We are looking for candidates with experience in neuroimaging and proficiency in programming, especially MATLAB. Most importantly, we are looking for individuals who are adaptable and skilled in collaboration. Applicants from related fields within neuroscience, computer science, cognitive science, and engineering are encouraged to apply.
The University of Rochester offers a diverse and welcoming research environment with opportunities for training across the medical and undergraduate campuses.
Interested applicants should e-mail Dr. Foxe or Dr. Freedman a CV, the contact information for three references, and a cover letter describing what you’ve done in the past and what you’d like to do with us in the future.
Postdoctoral Position in Cognitive Neuroscience
Pasternak Laboratory - Application Date: 12/2019
Postdoctoral position to study cortical circuitry underlying memory-guided visual decisions is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Tatiana Pasternak in the Department of Neuroscience and Center for Visual Science.
The focus of the research program is on the activity of large populations of simultaneously recorded neurons across cortical network to identify on a trial-by-trial basis neural codes and network dynamics that underlie memory and comparison processes during perceptual decisions. The analysis will emphasize inter-neuronal and inter-areal interactions and synchrony as well as population decoding algorithms.
Experimental approaches include array recording of spiking and LFP activity from prefrontal and extrastriate visual cortical regions of non-human primates during memory-guided sensory comparison tasks. Other approaches include reversible inactivation and microstimulation of identified cortical sites. An important component of the work is a collaboration with computational neuroscientists and developing models aimed at mechanisms underlying maintenance and utilization of visual information in decision-making.
Preference will be given to candidates with strong quantitative background with experience in the analysis of physiological data and extracellular recordings. Applicants with strong background in related disciplines of systems neuroscience and/or computer science & engineering are welcome to apply. Experience with MATLAB/PYTHON programming and proficient knowledge of the English language are required.
The University of Rochester offers a stimulating research environment and excellent opportunities for interactions and training in cognitive neuroscience and visual science. Interested applicants should send CV and names/contact information of three references to Dr. Pasternak. Please include a cover letter detailing your current research activities, expertise and the reasons for your interest in this position.