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Postdoctoral Scholar

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Work type: Faculty - Other
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants, Neuroscience

Department: Institute of Neuroscience
Rank: Postdoctoral Scholar
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
September 25, 2020; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
In addition to a completed online application, including names and contact information for three professional references, please submit a cover letter and a CV.

Department Summary
The Institute of Neuroscience (ION) is a group of biologists, psychologists, and human physiologists at the University of Oregon that has pooled its expertise to tackle fundamental questions in neuroscience – questions such as, "How do neural stem cells choose between self-renewal and differentiation?" "What mechanisms generate the large diversity of neurons within the brain?" "How do these neurons 'wire up' into functional circuits?" "How do neural circuits produce behavior?"

These questions are being explored at all levels of organization – from the relatively simple nervous systems of Drosophila, C. elegans, and zebrafish to the more complex networks in mice, owls, and humans.

ION boasts a highly collaborative faculty with expertise in genetics, development, electrophysiology, optogenetics, and functional MRI. As a result, students enrolled in our PhD program come away with the broad conceptual and technical skills necessary to run an independent neuroscience research lab or pursue many other related career paths. Our state-of-the-art facilities and excellent support staff allow ION members to progress rapidly by making exploratory or pilot experiments accessible.

We're passionate about creating an inclusive environment that promotes and values diversity. Research institutions that are diverse in gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, and perspective are proven to foster greater creativity and promote synergistic, collaborative innovation and interactions.

Position Summary
Santiago Jaramillo’s research group is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to join the lab. This position will be dedicated to studying the neural circuits that underlie auditory cognition using cutting-edge neuroscience techniques in behaving mice.

The Jaramillo lab investigates the neural basis of expectation, attention, decision-making and learning in the context of sound-driven behaviors. Projects during the postdoctoral fellowship will study these cognitive processes in the mouse by monitoring and manipulating neuronal activity during adaptive behaviors with cell-type and pathway specificity using tools such as:
• Two-photon microscopy (mesoscopic scale)
• High-density electrophysiology
• Optogenetic manipulation of activity

For the purpose of acquiring additional professional skills needed to pursue a career path in the chosen field, this position will have a formal mentor plan.

Minimum Requirements
• PhD in Neuroscience or related field
• Experience with recordings of neural activity
• Publication record in neuroscience

Preferred Qualifications
• Computer programming experience with the Python programming language
• Experience with electrophysiological recordings from behaving rodents


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