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 use in vivo electrophysiology and multi-photon imaging to understand the interactions of auditory cortex with other brain areas - such as neuromodulatory centers, frontal cortex, and hippocampus - during sensory-guided behavior. For example, one project will assess how neuromodulatory responses, as measured through imaging of ACh/NE axons in auditory cortex, shape the neural coding of sounds, as measured with electrophysiological approaches. 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.
The ideal applicant should have extensive experience with in vivo electrophysiology and/or functional imaging in awake behaving rodents. Expertise with patch-clamp physiology, especially in vivo, is also desirable. 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.
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.
Education: PhD in Neuroscience or a related discipline
Experience: The ideal applicant should have extensive experience with in vivo physiology and/or patch-clamp techniques
Preferred: Preference will be given to applicants with published or accepted high-quality papers in peer-reviewed journals.
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