[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral position: computational neuroscience in NYU

Chen, Zhe Zhe.Chen3 at nyumc.org
Wed Apr 13 20:06:33 CEST 2016

Dear colleagues,

Applications are now being accepted for a postdoctoral fellow position to combine computational and experimental techniques to study neural mechanisms of thalamus-neocortical circuits using healthy or diseased rodent models (1-4).  The applicant will work closely with Dr. Zhe (Sage) Chen and Dr. Mike Halassa at the New York University School of Medicine, with cross-disciplinary training in computational and systems neuroscience, including rodent behavior and electrophysiology. The applicant will have great opportunities to interact with a large and growing neuroscience community at the NYU campus, including the Neuroscience Institute (http://neuroscience.med.nyu.edu<http://neuroscience.med.nyu.edu/>), Center for Neural Science (http://www.cns.nyu.edu<http://www.cns.nyu.edu/>), Department of Neuroscience & Physiology (http://neuro-physio.med.nyu.edu<http://neuro-physio.med.nyu.edu/>), and Department of Psychiatry (http://psych.med.nyu.edu<http://psych.med.nyu.edu/>). NYU Neuroscience community is also surrounded by other institutions in the greater New York metropolitan area (such as Columbia, Cornell, Rockefeller and Mount Sinai). The postdoc position is available immediately, and will be renewable depending on performance.

Applications must have a PhD degree in Neuroscience, Engineering (Biomedical or Electrical), Statistics, Physics or a related discipline. The desired applicant is expected to be highly motivated and work independently as well as cooperatively with other colleagues in all research projects. Ability to learn new techniques and resolve new research challenges is essential. Strong experiences in large-scale computational (biophysical and statistical) modeling of neural circuits are desired. Previous training in some but not necessary all areas, such as animal behavior and optogenetics, in vivo neural recordings at the system levels, are preferred. Research experience with multi-electrode recordings of rodent neural circuits is a plus.

To apply, please send an email along with (i) CV (with a complete list of publications); (ii) a cover letter describing research accomplishments and interests; (iii) the names and contact information of two to three references to:  Dr. Zhe (Sage) Chen (zhe.chen3 at nyumc.org<mailto:zhe.chen3 at nyumc.org>) or Dr. Mike Halassa (Michael.halassa at nyumc.org<mailto:Michael.halassa at nyumc.org>) with a subject line “Postdoc application”.

    Zhe (Sage) Chen

Related references:

1.     Halassa, M.M., Chen, Z., Wimmer, R.D., Brunetti, P.M., Zhao, S., Zikopoulos, B., Wang, F., Brown, E.N., Wilson, M.A. (2014) State-dependent architecture of thalamic reticular sub-networks. Cell, 158: 808-824.

2.     Chen, Z., Wimmer, R.D., Wilson, M.A., Halassa, M.M. (2015) Thalamic circuit mechanisms link sensory processing in sleep and attention. Front. Neural Circuits, 9:83.

3.     Wimmer, R.D., Schmitt, L.I., Davidson, T.J., Nakajima, M., Deisseroth, K.,Halassa, M.M. (2015) Thalamic control of sensory selection in divided attention. Nature, 526: 705–709, DOI: 10.1038/nature15398.

4.     Wells, M.F., Wimmer, R.D., Schmitt, L.I., Feng, G., Halassa, M.M. (2016) Thalamic reticular impairment underlies attention deficit in Ptchd1Y/- mice.  Nature, 532: 58-63, DOI: 10.1038/nature17427.

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