Postdoctoral associate/Senior scientist - Circuits and systems neuroscience using optical technologies
- University of Minnesota
- Location: Minneapolis, MN
- Job Number: 7121773
- Posting Date: Jan 22, 2023
- Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
The labs are funded by the Department's startup as well by multi-year NIH BRAIN Initiative grants, awarded to the PIs, that support the engineering and application of innovative optical technologies to dissect the circuit and network basis of mental experience and behavior.
The incoming candidate will be involved in dissecting the cellular and circuit basis of rodent behavior using multipopulation voltage imaging and will examine the real-time dynamic relationships between genetically targeted neuron types during attentional paradigms/virtual navigation. The candidate will be trained in cutting-edge techniques including targeted voltage and calcium imaging, targeted gene perturbation, and single-cell transcriptomics. They will participate in all aspects of the project from conception to data acquisition, analyses, and the dissemination of the work and will have multiple opportunities to train graduate and undergraduate students, collaborate with other labs, and compete for early career fellowships.
• Ph.D. degree in engineering or the life sciences with a strong background in cellular, circuits, or systems neuroscience.
• Experience with live tissue/live animal fluorescence imaging, and/or slice electrophysiology.
• An excellent track record, as evidenced by peer-reviewed first-author publications in international journals and conference presentations.
• Knowledge of programming languages, such as MATLAB, for data acquisition and analyses.
• Excellent scientific communication and presentation skills.
• Prior experience with stereotaxic rodent surgeries, including intracranial viral vector infusions and cranial window implantations, subcortical cannular implantations, and/or animal behavioral assays is desired.
• Must be self-driven and open to opportunities to initiate new studies within the realm of systems neuroscience using cutting-edge imaging techniques with advanced spatiotemporal resolution.
Please email cover letter, CV, a 2-page research statement, and the contact information for 3 referees as a single PDF to Dr. Madhu Kannan, Ph.D., ([email protected]) and Dr. Ganesh Vasan, Ph.D. ([email protected]). Incomplete applications will not be considered. The salary will follow the NIH guidelines. The start date is negotiable but the candidate should be available to start no later than May 2023. We currently do not sponsor visas for international applicants; however, if you are already in the US with a valid visa, please inquire about the possibility of an institutional visa transfer.
The position includes an excellent comprehensive benefits package, including low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans, as well as paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave. For additional details, please see: https://humanresources.umn.edu/benefits.
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