[Comp-neuro] neural coding and neuroprosthetics lab

Sliman Bensmaia sliman.bensmaia at gmail.com
Tue Sep 17 05:43:59 CEST 2013


Hey guys -

I have a couple of openings in my lab, one for a programmer and one for a
postdoc.
Take a look if you might be interested:

Postdoctoral fellow:
Are you interested in upper-limb neuroprosthetics? Do you have experience
with non-human primates? Do you have experience with chronically implanted
electrode arrays? Do you have mad MATLAB skills? Do you like/love math? Are
you reasonably personable? If you’ve responded affirmatively to most or all
of these questions, read on… One of the objectives of the lab is to develop
ways to convey somatosensory feedback through intracortical
microstimulation in a non-human primate model. Our approach consists of
training Rhesus macaques to perform sensory tasks based on natural
stimulation, and assessing whether they can perform these same tasks based
on electrical stimulation of their somatosensory cortices. You can check us
out at http://bensmaialab.uchicago.edu . There is also a write up on us at
http://theinstitute.ieee.org/technology-focus/technology-topic/prosthetic-limbs-offer-a-sense-of-touch.
We are looking for a postdoctoral scholar to keep pushing this exciting
work forward. What do you think?

 Candidates with a completed PhD degree in neuroscience, biomedical
engineering or a related field are encouraged to apply. Send a vitae and a
brief and sincere statement of purpose to sliman at uchicago.edu.


Programmer:
Neuroscience and neuroprosthetics lab is seeking a research assistant with
extensive experience with computer programming. This individual would be
responsible for interfacing the various machines in the lab (sensors,
motors, data acquisition systems, etc.) with computers and with each other
to run neurophysiological and behavioral experiments with human and
non-human primates. BS in computer science or engineering required. Would
prefer an individual who could commit for several years. One of the
objectives of the lab is to discover the neural basis of somatosensation:
How to patterns of activation in the nerve and in the brain mediate out
ability to feel objects by touch and sense the position and movements of
our limbs in space? Another objective of the lab is to develop ways to
convey somatosensory feedback through intracortical microstimulation. You
can check us out at http://bensmaialab.uchicago.edu. There is also a write
up on us at
http://theinstitute.ieee.org/technology-focus/technology-topic/prosthetic-limbs-offer-a-sense-of-touch
.

Please contact sliman at uchicago.edu with a CV and a brief statement of
purpose.


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Sliman Bensmaia
Assistant Professor
Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy
University of Chicago
773.834.5203
http://bensmaialab.uchicago.edu
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