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Postdoc Position at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge has an opening postdoctoral associate position in physiology. This position is available for 2 years. Applicants should apply before March 22, 2019.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate in the Selective Vision lab, led by Dr Jasper Poort and based at the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. The successful candidate will work on a research project funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society that will investigate the role of different inhibitory interneurons in encoding visual stimulus features, visual learning and task-dependent attention. The successful candidate will also contribute to undergraduate teaching including lectures and practicals in the Department of Psychology.

The research will combine long-term two-photon calcium imaging, electrophysiology and optogenetic manipulation of cell types in visual cortical areas and decision-making brain areas to understand how mice (including mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders) solve different visually-guided decision-making tasks, including detection and discrimination tasks. We will take advantage of both paradigms to provide controlled stimuli in head-fixed mice (Khan, Poort et al., Nat Neurosci 2018) and paradigms in freely behaving mice (Meyer, Poort et al. Neuron, 2018). The successful candidate will also assist with the supervision of undergraduate student projects and work closely with graduate students to contribute to the development of their research skills.

The successful applicant will join a supportive team in a multi-disciplinary research environment with collaborations with experts in visual decision-making in rodents and humans, and experts in computational neuroscience.

Applicants should have completed (or should be about to submit) a PhD in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, biology, or other relevant disciplines. If applicants have not yet submitted a PhD at application, proof of thesis submission will need to be provided before the start date of the appointment. Previous experience with imaging, optogenetics, and behavioural training in rodents, and data analysis (e.g. Matlab or Python) will be valuable. Previous undergraduate teaching experience is highly desirable. The position is available from May 2019. More information about the lab can be found here including recent publications: www.psychol.cam.ac.uk/svl/

In addition to the covering letter and CV, applicants are asked to provide a brief statement (1500 words) describing the research questions and approach they consider important for the study of the role of interneurons in visual encoding, learning and attention, discuss potential approaches in head-fixed and freely moving mice, and their future research ambitions.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a health assessment.

Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Jasper Poort (jp816@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 22 March 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.


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