The Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Scholar at the interface between physics and neurobiology, under the direction of physicist Alan Litke (SCIPP) and neurobiologist David Feldheim (Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology).
Our lab works at the physics/neurobiology interface, with strong collaborative efforts of physicists and neurobiologists. In this environment, we have developed advanced experimental, computational, and genetic methods to probe a remarkable brain structure, the superior colliculus (SC) of the mouse. The SC receives and integrates sensory information related to vision, hearing and touch and, based on this information, initiates behaviors such as eye and head orientation, freezing or flight.
Intrigued by the striking topological mapping and relatively unknown functional organization of the mouse SC, we are investigating this structure at a genetic, topological, functional, and behavioral level. We record the brain activity of a wildtype or transgenic mouse as the mouse watches a movie, and then apply computational methods to understand and model the processing of the visual input by the mouse’s neural system. We seek a candidate with a keen interest in an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the brain to join us in these studies. We expect the successful applicant to be an active participant in our in vivo neurobiology experiments.
For additional information, please see: https://recruit.ucsc.edu/apply/JPF00449
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Physics, Biophysics, Bioengineering, Computer Science, Computational Neuroscience, Neurobiology or another related discipline.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: The preferred candidate will have strong computational, software and data analysis skills; experience in instrumentation development; and previous experience with neurobiology experiments.
About Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz
The University of California, Santa Cruz is a campus of the University of California, located ~50 km south of Silicon Valley and ~100 km south of San Francisco. The Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) is an organized research unit within the University of California system. SCIPP's scientific and technical staff have been involved in cutting edge research projects for more than 25 ye...ars, with research in experimental and theoretical particle physics, particle astrophysics, neurophysics, and biomedicine, including the development of technologies needed to advance this research.