Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Department of Neuroscience
A number of exciting postodoctoral opportunities (2) currently exist to join a research team seeking to understand and advance peripheral nerve stimulation techniques to accelerate learning novel sensorimotor associations. The project aims to discover neurobiological mechanisms of learning in executive control areas of the brain, and to optimize the stimulation of peripheral nerves to induce neuroplasticity in these areas. The project is fully funded by DARPA and will be performed at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The project will use state of the art tools for monitoring the activity of large populations of fluorescently tagged neurons in the brains of awake behaving subjects (microelectrode arrays/microendoscopes/2-photon calcium imaging) as well as optogenetic techniques to perturb this activity in order to investigate the causal involvement of these areas in learning. It will then attempt to optimize the delivery of peripheral nerve stimulation to induce targeted neuroplasticity in these areas to accelerate learning and minimize side effects through advanced computational modeling at the single neuron, circuit and network levels.
We seek highly motivated individuals who are interested in participating in this project. The combined experimental, computational and engineering elements of the project will enhance the training of interested individuals through the integration of both quantitative and biological skill sets thereby providing an exceptional opportunity for interdisciplinary research and career development in a unique lab environment. The incumbents will be mentored by the PI of this project, Karim G. Oweiss, PhD who has joint affiliation in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Neuroscience at the McKnight Brain Institute, at the University of Florida.
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University of Florida is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer.
A PhD in Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics or related fields is required. Previous experience in neurophysiology experiments with rodents is highly desired but not required, while experience with computational modeling is a plus.
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be commensurate with the level of expertise of the applicant.
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The ECE Department at UF offers BS, MS and PhD degree programs with an enrollment of about 600 full time undergraduate students and 600 graduate students of which about 200 are PhD students. Currently, the ECE Department has 48 tenured or tenure track faculty members with rapid growth from 41 a few years ago. Among the active faculty are 13 IEEE fellows, 16 NSF CAREER Award winners, and 5 PECASE winners. The Department’s external research expenditures were a record high $17 million last year and the largest in the college of engineering.