Postdoctoral Fellow

Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida
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Nov 20, 2022
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The Storace lab seeks to understand the mechanisms employed by the brain to encode sensory information, and how those signals are transformed into meaningful information that organisms perceive and act on. How do organisms recognize sensory stimuli in dynamic and noisy environments? How does the brain bind complex sensory inputs into perceptual objects that organisms can recognize and make associations with? How does an organism’s internal state influence processing of sensory information?

These kinds of questions are studied in the lab using different imaging, optogenetic and anatomical techniques in the olfactory system. Trainees will employ in vivo 2-photon and epifluorescence imaging to measure neural signals using current state of the art optical sensors (e.g., calcium, voltage, neuromodulators).

The Storace lab and Florida State University are dedicated to helping candidates achieve success through formal and informal mentoring. The laboratory is housed in a diverse and highly collaborative environment that the candidate will be encouraged to take advantage of. This includes a large neuroscience community with major strengths in chemosensory systems, and one of the longest running NIH training grants in the country (on which the PI is a preceptor). Florida State University also includes an office of postdoctoral affairs ( which is dedicated to supporting trainees via mentoring and career-related events and outreach.

Florida State University is located in the center of Tallahassee, a small city which also happens to be the capital of Florida. The unique combination of academic and government focus has resulted in a culturally diverse community with a small-town feel, in addition to a thriving art, music and food scene.

A PhD in neuroscience or a related field is required. Data analysis experience would facilitate training but is not required. The PI carried out their Ph.D. primarily using anatomical techniques before doing a postdoc in an imaging lab, and strongly believes that motivated individuals can rapidly pick up necessary skills given a supportive environment. Candidates will be encouraged and supported in the development of their own projects and to apply for their own funding.

The position is available immediately. Salary is competitive. Interested applicants should send a CV and the names of 2-3 references to Dr. Douglas Storace at dstorace{at}fsu{dot}edu.


Perception, decision making and behavior depend on detecting and responding appropriately to sensory information. However, the mechanisms employed by the brain to encode sensory information, and how those signals are transformed into meaningful information that we perceive and act on remains largely unknown. My laboratory investigates this central problem in neuroscience using the mouse olfactory bulb as a model system. By combining neural recording techniques with behavior, we can pursue key questions in olfactory perception. For example, why does our perception of an odor fade when under constant exposure? How can we recognize odors in dynamic and noisy environments? How does our brain bind odor stimuli into perceptual objects that we can recognize and make associations with? How does internal state influence the processing of sensory information? Having a comprehensive characterization how the brain transforms sensory input into perception and behavior will yield fundamental insight into the basic processes by which the entire brain functions.
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