The Kuchibhotla lab at Johns Hopkins University is actively seeking outstanding postdoctoral fellows to lead projects linking neural circuits to behavior. In particular, we are interested in how context and brain-state shape learning. We use mouse models of behavioral flexibility combining auditory cues with multi-sensory contexts to probe the neural computations, circuits and dynamics that support learning. We are particularly interested in the interplay between and among cortical regions (e.g. auditory, visual and frontal) and sub-cortical areas (e.g. cholinergic basal forebrain, locus coeruleus, striatum and thalamus).
Techniques immediately available in the lab include large-scale two-photon calcium imaging, deep-brain imaging using micro-endoscopes, whole-cell patch-clamp recordings and optogenetics all in behaving mice. Resources are available to incorporate additional techniques as needed by specific projects or as the expertise of incoming postdoctoral fellows allow (e.g. molecular/biochemistry, tetrode or silicone probe recordings, slice physiology). We aim to create a dynamic and interactive scientific environment that provides support but also independence to postdoctoral fellows. Interested scientists should contact Kishore (firstname.lastname@example.org) with an e-mail introduction, CV, potential start dates (as early as February 2018), and contact information for 2-3 references. If individuals have a particular idea that they are interested in pursuing (optional), feel free to provide a concise project concept or proposal (1-2 paragraphs). Prior experience in the above techniques is helpful but not required. We offer competitive salary and benefits and can guarantee funding. Please contact Kishore for more details.
PhD in related discipline (neuroscience, biophysics, biology, physics or engineering)
Johns Hopkins University has a thriving neuroscience community distributed across multiple departments. The Kuchibhotla Lab is situated on the picturesque Homewood Campus in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Our lab has ~2,000 square feet of newly renovated laboratory space including a dedicated animal facility within the lab. Postdoctoral fellows have access to a wide array of s...eminars and career development resources at JHU. Baltimore is a thriving and affordable metropolitan area that is only 1 hour from Washington, DC, 2 hours from Philadelphia, and 3 hours from New York City.