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Cluster Hiring of Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Departments of Brain and Cognitive Science and Neuroscience of the University of Rochester

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The University of Rochester is advertising for a cluster hire of postdoctoral fellowships across a collection of laboratories in the Departments of Neuroscience and Brain and Cognitive Sciences. We anticipate offering up to 10 postdoctoral slots across labs engaged in pioneering research using state-of-the-art experimental and computational methods (e.g., 2-photon imaging and optogenetics in rodents and non-human primates, higher-density single unit recordings, and others).

The University of Rochester offers highly competitive postdoctoral stipends, with added financial and career development benefits. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to engage in ground-breaking research in world-leading experimental labs. The postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in many professional development events for neuroscience, and engage in numerous diversity enhancement efforts directed by the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience Diversity Commission

Greg DeAngelis profileDeAngelis Lab

PI: Greg DeAngelis | website

The DeAngelis laboratory seeks a postdoctoral candidate who is interested in studying the neural mechanisms of perception and decision-making in non-human primates, using a combination of behavioral, electrophysiological, and computational approaches. The ideal candidate would have an experimental background in systems neuroscience or cognitive science, as well as strong skills in employing analytical and computational approaches. Research in the laboratory is currently focused on neural mechanisms of causal inference using tasks that involve perceptual interactions between object motion, self-motion, and depth. Other work involves neural mechanisms for control of steering in virtual navigation tasks, examining the interactions between sensory and motor signals.

Ian Fiebelkorn profileFiebelkorn Lab

PI: Ian Fiebelkorn | website

The project will focus on how the attention network dynamically shapes moment-to-moment visual sampling through complementary processes of enhancement and suppression. The postdoctoral associate will have the opportunity to record neural activity in both humans and nhps, and to employ optogenetics in nhps. For neurophysiology in nhps, the postdoctoral associate will conduct simultaneous recordings of neural data from multiple nodes of the attention network. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience in advanced signal processing and/or neurophysiology, but we will consider any exceptional candidate.

Manny Gomez-Ramirez profileHaptics Lab

PI: Manny Gomez-Ramirez | website

The Haptics Lab is seeking to hire two post-doctoral fellows interested in studying cross-cortical neural mechanisms underlying object sensing and manipulation with the hands. Major questions that the lab tackles are: (1) How proprioceptive signals modulate perception of tactile features? (2) What are the neural circuit mechanisms mediating information relay across the somatosensory system? (3) How do goal-directed signals modulate processing of thalamo-cortical and cortical-thalamic circuits in touch?. Our lab uses cutting-edge electrophysiological (e.g., Neuropixels), imaging (e.g., fMRI, 1-photon and 2-photon calcium imaging), and causal methods (e.g., optogenetics) in awake-behaving mice and/or non-human primates. We also perform psychophysical studies in humans using virtual reality (VR). There will be ample opportunities to engage in computational work through our strong collaborative ties with our senior colleagues. If interested, the candidates will also have the opportunity to engage in mentoring graduate students, as well as high-school students from the local community with a strong interest in Neuroscience.

Ralf Haefner profileHaefner Lab

PI: Ralf Haefner | website

We try to understand the neural basis of approximate probabilistic inference in the context of visual processing. To that end we develop theoretical models and test them using both psychophysics and, through tight collaborations, neural data analysis of population recordings from sensory cortex in behaving monkeys. Current projects investigate the neural basis of complex motion perception, the nature and function of cortical feedback signals in the ventral stream, and temporal biases during active inference (closing the perception-action loop). Successful candidates will have a strong background in probabilistic inference, ideally with applications to neural or behavioral data, as well as a track record of productive scientific work.

Julian Meeks profileChemosensation and Social Learning lab

PI: Julian Meeks | website

The Chemosensation and Social Learning Lab is seeking individuals to spearhead inquiries into two major ongoing projects related to social odor detection, processing, and behavioral impacts in mammalian model organisms (mice). The ideal candidate is curious, engaged, and kind, and enjoys exploring hypotheses in a field in which highly quantitative data are sparse! Previous experience with electrophysiology, live imaging, and/or computer coding is ideal, but all these skills can be obtained during the training period as well.

Jude Mitchell profileMarmo Lab

PI: Jude Mitchell | website

The Mitchell lab seeks a postdoc to start in 2022 with funding secure through 2025. We use laminar silicon arrays (Neuronexus or Neuropixel) to make neural recordings in the marmoset visual cortex (V1 and MT) to examine how eye movements modulate sensory processing. Specific projects focus on the neural mechanisms of pre-saccadic attention, trans-saccadic integration, and active vision. The postdoc will be trained to work with the marmoset monkey (surgery, behavior, and neurophysiology), to use high precision eye tracking (with Rucci lab), and optogenetic stimulation (with Kuan Wang's lab). Primary data will be collected on site, but half-time appointments with related labs in Rochester as well with other institutions for remote data analysis can also be arranged.

Shawn Newlands profileNewlands Lab

PI: Shawn Newlands | website

Neural prostheses which substitute for missing sensory signals have long been successful in the auditory system (cochlear implants) and prosthetics hold promise for patients with deficit in the vestibular and visual systems as well. Our lab has long been in interested in processing of vestibular information in the brainstem in health and disease. The current project investigates how neural signals generated by a vestibular prosthesis interact with natural neural signals on convergent neurons in the vestibular nuclei. We are studying these interactions both at the single unit and behavioral (reflexive eye movements) level. As most sensory experience involves more than one sensory system, understanding how the brain integrates prosthetic sensory signals and natural sensory signals has potential impact in understanding and improving on the use of neuroprosthetics to substitute for missing sensory inputs. We are interested in post-docs with interest and background in sensory or sensorimotor systems physiology.

Krishnan Padmanabhan profileNeural Circuits and Computation lab

PI: Krishnan Padmanabhan | website

We seek a post-doc to work on a project 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 including possible collaborations with human patient researchers and theoretical neuroscientists. 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.

Adam Snyder profileADAMS Lab

PI: Adam Snyder | website

Research projects in the lab use electrophysiology (single-neuron recording, populations, electroencephalography, transcranial electrical stimulation, microsimulation, pharmacological inactivation) in non-human primates and computational modeling to investigate the neural bases of vision and visual cognition, including attention, learning, memory and decision-making. Ideal candidate has strong computational and communication skills, ability to work independently, and previous animal research experience in neuroscience.

Kuan Hong Wang profileWang Lab

PI: Kuan Hong Wang | website

The Wang Lab in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Rochester School of Medicine is looking for talented and motivated postdocs to join our inquiry into the neural circuit mechanisms underlying cognitive control and affective modulation of behaviors. For example, how does the frontal cortex organize its long-range connections with other cortical areas to exert executive control of action and perception? How do neuromodulators regulate intercortical communication in both normal and pathological brain states? How do genetic mutations identified from clinical brain disorders impact the development or degeneration of long-range intercortical and neuromodulatory projections? We use both rodent (mouse) and non-human primate (marmoset) models for mechanistic investigation and cross-species comparison, and collaborate with human and clinical scientists for translational application. A variety of innovative technologies for monitoring and manipulation of neural circuits, such as in vivo imaging and electrophysiology, opto/chemogenetic modulation, neuroanatomical circuit tracing, and machine learning-based behavior analysis, are integrated in our laboratory to address these research questions.

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