A postdoctoral scholar position is available in the Kato laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Neuroscience Center. The primary goal of the lab is to identify how our brain processes sound inputs to extract complex patterns, such as vocalizations. Using mouse auditory cortex as a model system, we combine multiple cutting-edge techniques (e.g. in vivo whole-cell recording, two-photon calcium imaging, and optogenetics) in behaving animals to dissect the circuits that connect sound inputs to behavioral outputs. The applicant for the current postdoctoral position will participate in the investigation of the specialized roles and circuits of higher auditory cortices. Our lab values a collegial environment in which the PI and the members work closely in a small group. Salary will follow the NIH guidelines.
Kato HK, Asinof SK, Isaacson JS. (2017) Network-level control of frequency tuning in auditory cortex. Neuron 95: 412-423.
Kato HK, Gillet SN, Isaacson JS. (2015) Flexible sensory representations in auditory cortex driven by behavioral relevance. Neuron 88: 1027-1039.
Kato HK, Gillet SN, Peters AJ, Isaacson JS, Komiyama T. (2013) Parvalbumin-Expressing Interneurons Linearly Control Olfactory Bulb Output. Neuron 80:1218-1231.
Kato HK, Chu MW, Isaacson JS, Komiyama T. (2012) Dynamic sensory representations in the olfactory bulb: modulation by wakefulness and experience. Neuron 76:962-75.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate would have a Ph.D. in neuroscience-related fields. Previous experience in electrophysiology, imaging, and/or programming is appreciated. Competitive applicants should have at least one first-author publication.
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The UNC Neuroscience Center is an interdepartmental research center at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. The mission of the Neuroscience Center is to promote neuroscience research that is innovative, collaborative and translational. The Center promotes this goal by bringing together researchers working on fundamental problems in basic and clinical neuroscience. By integrating work across the... spectrum of neuroscience, we aim to advance our understanding of brain development and function, and to identify new therapeutic approaches to a broad range of neurological and psychiatric disorders.