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Postdoctoral Scholar- Gardner Lab

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

Department: Knight Campus
Rank: Postdoctoral Scholar
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins

September 22, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please include resume with application

Department Summary

The Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is a billion-dollar initiative designed to fast-track scientific discoveries and the process of turning those discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and beyond. The Knight Campus will reshape the higher education landscape in Oregon by training the next generations of scientists, forging tighter ties with industry and entrepreneurs, and creating new educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Position Summary

This position reports to Dr. Timothy Gardner, Associate Professor, and Robert and Leona DeArmond Chair in Neuroengineering.

The Gardner lab focuses on the study of sensory-motor learning in songbirds and in the development of new implantable devices to interface with the brain and peripheral nervous system. The Postdoctoral scholar will conduct research on the neural mechanisms of song performance and song learning using one or more of the following methods: high-channel count neural recordings, optogenetic circuit perturbation, and closed-loop behavioral paradigms.

Minimum Requirements

• PhD in experimental systems neuroscience or related relevant scientific field.
• Experience designing and executing acute/chronic experiments in small animal research models (preference may be given to individuals with songbird research experience).

Professional Competencies

• Experience writing, revising, and performing experiments under university governing systems (IACUC).
• Proficient in handling small animals and performing minor animal surgical procedures.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience handling and working with songbirds.
• Experience utilizing modern tools for investigating neural circuitry in small animal models (e.g. in-vivo electrophysiological recording/stimulation, optogenetics, calcium imaging, and/or techniques for neuroanatomical tract-tracing).
• Experience with tissue sectioning and immunohistological techniques.


The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

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