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Postdoctoral fellow (System Neuroscience lab)

  1. Date: 11.11.2019
  2. Location: Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
  3. Employer: Champalimaud Foundation
  4. Job type: Full Time
  5. Position: Postdoctoral Positions
  6. Application start: 11.11.2019            

  7. About us

    The Systems Neuroscience Lab is looking for a Postdoctoral fellow to work on a project aiming to study neural circuit mechanisms involved in the timing of self-initiated actions. This work will be part of a joint effort between experimentalists and theoreticians to collect and analyse a rich and unique dataset. Specifically, electrophysiological recordings from large ensembles of neurons in the thalamo-cortical circuits of foraging mice.

    The position involves:
    a) Hands on work with mice handling and training in closed loop systems;
    b) Stereotaxic surgeries, perfusions and microscopy;
    c) Implementation of recording systems to perform Neuropixels recordings in prefrontal cortex and thalamus simultaneously.

    The candidate will have the opportunity to learn state of the art behavioral methods and cutting-edge recording techniques from highly experienced colleagues. More info about the lab’s research and team can be found here.

    About you

    Essential:

    ~ PhD in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Biology, Experimental Psychology, Engineering or other areas relevant to neurophysiology and animal behavior;
    ~ Good capacity and value for teamwork and communication skills;
    ~ Ability to work independently and troubleshoot technical issues;
    ~ Hands on technical experience in construction and configuration of electronic hardware, ideally in the context of neurophysiology;
    ~ Experience with animal handling and surgery, ideally stereotaxic surgeries;
    ~ Fluency in English.

    Optional:

    ~ Experience with computer programming (e.g. C, Python, MatLab);
    ~ Experience with other technique widely used in Neuroscience (e.g. optogenetics, calcium imaging, animal behavior experiments, data analysis or modeling);
    ~ Development at the interface between hardware and software (e.g. Arduino, NI-DAQ, etc.).

    More details on the position and how to apply can be found here.

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