The Aksay Laboratory at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City seeks to hire two investigators at the Research Associate level or higher to advance our understanding of the mechanisms underlying short-term memory and learning. We investigate these behaviors in zebrafish with a multi-scale effort spanning molecular manipulations to global network dynamics. Our experimental approaches include electrophysiology, multi-photon imaging and perturbation, and connectomics; our analytic approaches borrow from network inferencing, machine learning, and control theory. Associates interested in short-term memory will initially focus on determining network motifs giving rise to various aspects of persistent neural activity. Associates motivated by learning will primarily investigate cerebellar signal transformations and synaptic learning rules engendering behavioral adaptations.
Ideal candidates are expected to have a strong publication record stemming from doctoral and post-doctoral investigation of neural systems using electrophysiology, optical methods, quantitative analyses, and mathematical modeling. Candidates with strong physics, computer science, engineering, or applied mathematics backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. Selected Associates are expected to actively engage in project planning, take leadership roles in manuscript preparation, carry co-investigator status on relevant grants, and present regularly at national and international scientific meetings. Exceptional candidates may be considered for Instructor or Research Faculty positions.
Candidates should send applications or queries directly to Emre Aksay at firstname.lastname@example.org (https://physiology.med.cornell.edu/people/emre-aksay-ph-d/). Applications should include a brief statement of interest, a curriculum vitae, and a list of three references. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Funding for these positions is generously provided by grants from the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain, National Eye Institute, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the BRAIN Initiative.