Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellow to join a research program investigating the neural mechanisms of learning, memory and decision making in humans, under the supervision of Dr. Taufik A. Valiante
The applicant will work with intracranial single-unit recordings from human subjects to test circuit-based cell-type specific hypotheses about how multiple brain areas interact during memory-based decisions. This will include experimental work with patients (electrophysiology and behavior), data analysis and processing, spike-train analysis, and experimental design. The focus will be on single-neuron recordings from the medial temporal lobe and medial frontal cortex in epilepsy patients to investigate the role of theta-oscillations in coordinating activity and how such coordination allows memory-based decisions. The applicant will join an NIH, CIHR, and CFI funded program and will have access to state-of-the art equipment, facilities and analytical methods. The applicant will become part of an established team of investigators, with ample opportunity to learn new techniques and methods. This position is supported by an NIH BRAIN Initiative consortium formed by University of Toronto (Taufik A Valiante), Cedars-Sinai/Caltech , Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard/Childrens, which creates ample opportunities to acquire and work with large-scale single-neuron datasets. This position is based at the Krembil Research Institute at the Toronto Western Hospital.
The position is available immediately, with a competitive salary commensurate with prior experience. The position is available with an initial appointment for one year and renewal based upon satisfactory performance. University of Toronto, and Krembil Research Institute are equal opportunity employers and women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Candidates should have a recent PhD in systems, cognitive, or computational neuroscience (or related) with a track-record of first-author publications. Strong programming (Matlab or similar), data analysis, and statistics skills are required. Previous electrophysiology experience is preferred. Excellent written and oral English communication skills are required. Previous human intracranial EEG and/or macaque single neuron recording experience is a strength.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with level of training