Postdoctoral Positions in the Neural and Computational Mechanisms of Face Perception
The Rockefeller University
October 31, 2017
New York, New York
Full Time - Experienced
Academic / Research
The Laboratory of Neural Systems at The Rockefeller University, New York, NY, is searching for postdoctoral fellows interested in the neural mechanisms and computational principles of face perception. We are utilizing the beautifully organized macaque face processing system, a network of inter-connected small face areas, each with a unique functional specialization. Primarily through multi-electrode recordings from fMRI-identified face-selective areas and optogenetic manipulation, in this project we will determine how information is transformed between the nodes of the face-perception network, and how these transformations support face recognition. The project is part of an NEI-sponsored effort to uncover the neural mechanisms for face recognition and the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines (CBMM) and will interact closely with computational modeling of the system. The postdoctoral fellows will play a key role in shaping the project and conducting the experiments in these projects, data analysis, and interactions with collaborators. A close collaboration with Alipasha Vaziri’s lab on campus will make the integration of Ca2+ imaging of large cell populations into this project possible. The postdoctoral fellow will be part of a highly active, diverse, and fun research team in the lab, the stimulating Rockefeller campus, and the CBMM.
Candidates should have a strong background in electrophysiology, ideally with non-human primates or in visual systems, good quantitative skills, and strong computational interests. Motivation, enthusiasm, ambition, general qualities as a scientist, and a genuine interest in facial perception will be valued even more highly than specific past research experience.
Interested candidates should send a description of their scientific interests and qualifications as pertaining to this project, their curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three professional references, and any questions or thoughts to Winrich Freiwald (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Internal Number: 2017_02
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