Postdoctoral Associate - Neuroscience (90002091)

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7061490 (Ref:1903-en_US)

Posted: October 17, 2019

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The laboratory of Dr. Matthew McGinley in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral research position. The McGinley lab studies the neural circuit basis of learning and performance of sensory-guided behavioral tasks. The goal of the postdoctoral fellow for this position is to develop a perceptual learning paradigm in combination with vagus nerve stimulation, electrophysiology, multi-photon imaging, and pupillometry. For example, one project will characterize the effects of vagus nerve stimulation on neuromodulatory responses measured through imaging of ACh/NE axons in auditory cortex, and on the neural coding of sounds measured with electrophysiological approaches, as well as on subsequent (learning) behavior quantified with sophisticated mathematical models. There are opportunities to work on one or more of several behaviors, including a value-based attention task, a foraging task, and/or an auditory virtual navigation task. In addition, there will be space to develop own ideas and gain grant writing experience in a stimulating and supportive environment.

Job Purpose

The ideal applicant should have extensive experience with behavioral modeling and pupillometry, and ideally with in vivo electrophysiology and/or functional imaging in awake behaving rodents. The postdoc will work closely within an exciting collaborative team that combines numerous cutting edge techniques, including: high-throughput head-fixed behavior, in vivo physiology (multiphoton imaging, whole-cell recording, high channel-count array recording, and optogenetics), computational approaches, biosensor device development, and diverse molecular genetic tools. We seek to understand the neural circuit basis of sensory-guided behavior.

Job Duties

•        Plans, directs and conducts specialized and advanced research experiments.

•        Evaluates and analyzes data.

•        May establish new research protocols and procedures.

•        Summarizes research findings and publish results in research journals.

•        May be responsible for laboratory operations.

•        May supervise research staff.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Ph.D in Basic Science, Health Science, or a related field.

Experience: None required.

Preferred Qualifications

Education: PhD in Neuroscience or a related discipline

Experience: The ideal applicant should have extensive experience with behavioral modeling, pupillometry, imaging techniques. Preference will be given to applicants with published or accepted high-quality papers in peer-reviewed journals.

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