The Costa Lab at the Oregon National Primate Research Center combines state-of-the-art system neuroscience tools with computational modeling of complex behavior to understand the function of primate specific circuits in learning and decision making. We are looking for a Senior Research Associate (i.e postdoctoral researcher/staff scientist) to spearhead NIMH funded research that will uncover the neural mechanisms underlying explore-exploit decision making and determine if different cortical and subcortical circuits are engaged when the motivation to explore novel opportunities is driven by a desire to maximize gains or minimize losses. Our studies are done in a highly collaborative environment within the Division of Neuroscience at the ONPRC. The primary responsibility will be to use touchscreens and eye trackers to facilitate operant training of rhesus macaques’ choice behavior during a reinforcement learning task and to assist with recording of neural activity during the same task while neural circuits are modulated using chemogenetics. This includes the preparation of daily reports summarizing behavior, programming equipment to facilitate training and testing, setting up and breaking down scientific equipment, and maintaining an active inventory of necessary supplies. The position will also require involve the development of statistical models of behavioral and neural data, and preparation of figures and reports to assist with production of scientific grants and publications. Additional duties include related husbandry duties, preparation of reagents, and the maintenance of lab equipment.
Applicants should apply here: https://social.icims.com/viewjob/pt1661996475951df559
Alternatively, you may send a CV and cover letter to costav AT ohsu DOT edu
- PhD in relevant field AND 1 year of relevant experience OR
- Master's Degree in relevant field AND 5 years of relevant experience OR
- Bachelor's Degree in relevant field AND 9 years of relevant experience
- Primatology, psychology, neuroscience
- Ability to work at a lab bench and operate bench top equipment.
- Must be able to physically lift and push objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
- Ability to sit and use instruments in laboratory setting for up to 6 hours a day.
- Ability to sit and use a computer 2-3 hours at a time
- Periodic weekend work (at least twice a month)
- Perform work in laboratory environment with direct exposure to nonhuman primates and associated risks
- Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodations
- PhD in the life sciences with a specialization in neuroscience
- > 2 years direct experience working with rhesus macaques in a laboratory research setting
- > 2 years direct experience recording neural activity
- Computer and scientific programming (e.g. MATLAB, Python, R)