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Post-Doctoral Fellow:

Position Summary

Posted on: 10/18/17
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.

Post-Doctoral Fellow:

Postdoctoral Position in Cognitive Neuroscience

Pasternak Lab  - Posted on: 10/2/17

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.

Human Subject Research Coordinator:

Position Summary

Department of Neuroscience - Posted on: 9/29/17

The Human Subject Coordinator (HSRC) will provide essential research support and study coordination for several Human Physiology studies. Under general direction, HSRC is responsible for planning, coordinating, and carrying out recruitment, scheduling, and data collection for assigned studies.  HSRC recruits, schedules, and consents human subjects for participation in neuroscience-related behavior and physiology research. This research will mostly involve working with children and their families, but may also involve working with individuals with developmental disabilities or learning disorders and adults. While the work will be carried out under the general supervision, the HSRC I, works independently and runs fMRI, EEG, and psychometric experiments on human subjects. May schedule schedule visits.

Conducting cognitive assessments through paper or electronic forms or interviews, and collecting biological samples for genetic or drug testing. All information, samples, and data that are collected must be stored and documented meticulously.

Writing Matlab scripts for data analysis and will have the opportunity to contribute to research publications in collaboration with other lab members.

He or she will be responsible for ensuring the comfort of human subjects during experimental procedures by explaining study information. He or she will contribute to maintaining supplies and the cleanliness of the lab.

Interested applicants should apply through one of the methods below:

Post-Doctoral Fellow:

Postdoctoral Position in Cognitive Neuroscience

Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory - Posted on: 3/8/16

The Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory (CNL) directed by Dr. John Foxe is hiring post-doctoral fellows specializing in the neurophysiology of sensory processing. CNL is spreading its wings in Rochester and we’re setting a wide-ranging program of research into motion utilizing vectors including, but not limited to mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders, human electrocorticography, stationary and mobile human electroencephalography, human deep brain stimulation, and fMRI. 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, and multiple sclerosis.

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. Our work requires the efforts of many people across many departments and we are just beginning to build the foundations of our lab. 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. Furthermore, the resources of CNL-Rochester include those of the parent hub of CNL located at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine located in the Bronx, NY. Synchronizing with researchers at CNL-Einstein will likely be a feature of the job.

Interested applicants should e-mail Dr. Foxe​ 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.


The University of Rochester is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.