A research position is available for a highly motivated neurophysiologist in Dr. Anthony Hudetz's laboratory in the Center for Consciousness Science and Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. The candidate will work on NIH-supported projects conducted to understand the neurobiological basis of consciousness via the application of anesthetic manipulation. The work involves high-density microelectrode array recordings and optogenetic manipulation of neuronal activity in the brain of chronically instrumented rats during different states of consciousness altered by various anesthetic agents. Neuronal interactions in local circuits and large-scale networks are analyzed by multivariate methods and mathematically modeled. Behavioral assessment and an investigation of learning and memory are conducted in parallel with electrophysiological recordings. The research fellow will join a large and vibrant neuroscience community at the University of Michigan, including an established neuroscience research program in the Department of Anesthesiology that supports multiple ongoing projects in sleep, anesthesia, pain, and electrophysiological laboratory with multiple data acquisition systems for multi-electrode recording, stimulation, and computational analysis. Dr. Hudetz's lab has a long track record of NIH funding.
Applicant should possess a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Physics, Engineering or related field. They must have technical skills in animal surgery and experimentation as well as in signal processing and computational analysis of neuronal data (spikes, local field potentials, etc.) with substantial programming experience in MATLAB. A strong background in electrophysiology, optogenetics, behavioral neuroscience, and computational neuroscience is required.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
To apply, candidates should send an updated CV, complete contact information for three references, and a cover letter describing their past research experience, career goals, and potential future research interests.