We are seeking highly-motivated candidates for a postdoctoral associate position in our group which fosters collaboration with the McKnight Brain Institute and the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Disorders. The chosen candidate will conduct research focused on studying basic mechanisms of sensorimotor integration in healthy and pathological brain states and translate this knowledge to clinical applications of movement and cognitive disorders. Current active projects funded by NIH include:
1- Using deep brain recording and stimulation technology chronically implanted in human patients with essential tremor to characterize biomarker electrophysiological signatures of limb movements in deep brain structures and use these signatures to provide on-demand stimulation therapy to alleviate pathological symptoms.
2- Using large scale electrophysiological recordings, multi-photon microscopy and optogenetic techniques to characterize biomarkers of Parkinson’s’ disease (PD) progression in a transgenic animal model of PD.
3- Using multi-photon microscopy and optogenetic techniques to monitor and perturb neural circuits at cellular and subcellular resolution in awake behaving subjects to investigate mechanisms of neural plasticity during perceptual decisions, working memory and sensory-guided navigation in virtual reality environments.
The candidate will focus on developing algorithms for neural decoding and deep brain stimulation and test them in experiments involving human subjects. The candidate will publish peer-reviewed journal articles and help supervise graduate students carrying out experiments. The candidate will help train students in his/her area of expertise. Desirable skills may include any of the following: extracellular neural recording, two-photon imaging and computational data analysis.
Minimum Qualifications: A PhD in Neurobiology, Neurophysiology, Biomedical Engineering or related fields.
For consideration, please submit a CV and the names and contact information of three professional references as a single PDF file attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.