The Hengen Lab at Washington University is seeking to add a top-notch postdoctoral researcher to the team. Research in the laboratory engages new approaches to neurophysiology and large datasets to understand how plasticity mechanisms can simultaneously shape and stabilize emergent properties of neural networks in vivo. These emergent properties are the foundational elements of all neural function, yet their relationships to cellular and molecular mechanisms are currently unknown.
Our research interests are rooted in the homeostatic self-organization of intact neural networks, and we seek to understand how appropriate information transmission in these systems is established during development and disrupted in disease. Competitive candidates for this position may come from a variety of fields but will be emerging leaders who are highly motivated and excited to combine their current skill-sets and ideas with new and diverse approaches. Candidates will be expected to push intellectual and technical boundaries in the lab and develop new directions while integrating into the current team.
The successful candidate will readily engage with new methods in neurobiology, machine learning, modelling, “big data”, advanced surgical methods, genetics, and cellular biology.
For more information and recent publications, see hengenlab.org.
Applicants should have a Ph.D., which need not be restricted to neuroscience. Individuals with appropriate experience/degrees in engineering, computer science, physics, math and related fields will be seriously considered.
Additional Salary Information: Candidates will be expected to pursue independent funding. Successful funding applications will be rewarded with a raise.
The Hengen Lab, a new laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis, represents the next generation of neuroscience labs. Combining "big data", machine learning, engineering, advanced genetic tools, and a unique ability to track the activity of large numbers of individual neurons in freely behaving animals for many weeks, the Hengen Lab seeks to understand how plasticity mechanisms in individua...l neurons can give rise to stable emergent properties over time, such as sensation, perception, and memory. In a highly collaborative environment that demands dynamic engagement with a researchers from diverse backgrounds (e.g. quantum chemistry, physiology, biology, computer science, economics), members of the Lab are motivated, curious, and must "think big".