Postdoctoral Fellow: Basal ganglia, Electrophysiology

Atlanta, Georgia
According to NIH guidelines
Aug 21, 2019
Sep 20, 2019
Position Type
Full Time

The Papa Lab in the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University is seeking applicants for NIH funded postdoctoral positions in neuroscience.The Lab studies the basal ganglia network in movement disorders. We are particularly interested in the striatal function in Parkinson’s disease and Dystonia, and the adaptive mechanisms shaped by chronic neurodegenerative or functional changes in the striatum. The ultimate goal of these studies is to develop novel therapeutics to improve motor and other disabilities in patients with movement disorders. We use in vivo electrophysiology, optogenetics, pharmacological methods and other cellular and molecular approaches applied to rodent and non-human primate models.

The successful candidate will design and perform experiments including optogenetic and chemogenetic manipulation of neuronal populations as well as production of primate models, in vivo electrophysiology, behavior, and various analyses of brain tissue. Training experience will be further enriched by participating in local and national meetings, applying for research grants, attending seminars and courses, as well as forming close collaborations with the many laboratories at Emory University that work on systems neuroscience focusing on neurodegenerative disorders, basal ganglia, sensorimotor circuits, memory and learning.

We are especially interested in candidates with affinity for performing experimental animal research as well as experience in neural recordings from populations of neurons in awake (behaving) animals. Applicants should also have experience working with MATLAB and the analyses of spiking/LFP activity. Familiarity with the basal ganglia literature and oral/written communication skills are preferable.

Candidates must either have a Ph.D. or be nearing the completion of their doctorate in a relevant field.  

Please send a CV and a list of three references to Sequoya Smith ( and Keaton Pendergrast ( A research statement (< 1 page) is optional.

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