We are seeking a talented post-doctoral fellow to join us in several exciting, ongoing funded projects studying auditory processing, attention, learning, memory and plasticity in the ferret auditory cortex. One DARPA (TNT - targeted neuroplasticity training) project involves using peripheral nerve stimulation to increase central neuromodulator release (NE and ACh) to see if this enhances cortical plasticity and behavioral learning. Other projects in the lab include studies of task-related neural plasticity in a variety of behavioral tasks including phoneme discrimination, auditory sequence learning, long-term memory for auditory categories, etc. These projects will explore changes in neural firing patterns, functional connectivity and network dynamics during learning in multiple auditory and frontal cortical areas at a single unit and network level using chronic arrays, silicon probes and other recording techniques. The postdoc position will primarily be focused on the TNT project but will also include participation in other related studies, and creative new experimental designs originated by the post-doctoral fellow as well. The post-doctoral fellow will use behavioral, neurophysiological, neuroanatomical and computational techniques to tackle these problems in collaboration with the PIs (Dr. Shihab Shamma and Dr. Jonathan Fritz) and other members of the Neural Systems Lab and associated labs at the University of Maryland.
(1) Should have completed a PhD in systems neuroscience or related field
(2) Comfortable working with animal models - and prior experience training animals
(3) Prior experience with multielectrode, multichannel recording and data analysis
(4) Prior experience with neuroanatomy and/or optogenetics
(5) Interest and experience in computational methods and modeling
(6) Passionate interest in understanding the role of attention in shaping auditory processing, learning and plasticity in the awake, behaving animal
Additional Salary Information: We follow NIH guidelines for postdoctoral salaries
Our Neural Systems Laboratory (NSL) is run by Dr. Shihab Shamma and Dr. Jonathan Fritz. Our research, with the ferret as an animal model system, focuses on the effects of attention, learning and memory and task-related plasticity on auditory processing - we use behavioral, neurophysiological, computational approaches and are also beginning optogenetic techniques and ultrasound imaging studies to e...xplore higher order processing and topdown control. One of the new projects in the lab is funded by DARPA and will investigate whether vagal nerve stimulation can enhance learning and neuroplasticity. We are looking for talented postdoctoral fellows, or advanced graduate students (who will have received their PhD by early 2018), who are truly passionate about research, to join our laboratory. The starting salary for new postdoctoral fellows will follow NIH guidelines and begins at $47K. NSL is located in the Institute for Systems Research, which is part of the Engineering School at the University of Maryland. We are also closely linked to the Neural and Cognitive Sciences (NACS) Program. We are hoping to meet with interested applicants at the upcoming 2017 SfN meeting in Washington, DC.