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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University

Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Princeton, New Jersey
attractive salary plus benefits
Closing date
Jun 26, 2023

Job Details

A position for a postdoctoral or more senior research associate in human and monkey electrophysiology is available in the Neuroscience of Attention & Perception Laboratory (NA&P Lab), led by Dr. Sabine Kastner at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. The lab studies neural mechanisms of cognition in the primate brain. Intracranial recordings from human epilepsy patients and non-human primates are conducted using identical behavioral paradigms and combined with computational approaches.

We are seeking an extremely motivated postdoctoral researcher with a background in human or monkey electrophysiology. Studies will include simultaneous recordings and stimulation from multiple, interconnected brain regions. The researcher will gain experience with the use of laminar/neuropixel probes and electrical microstimulation to study attention and decision-making networks in a behaving animal model together with parallel studies in humans. The project is part of a NIMH Silvio O. Conte Center on the "Cognitive Thalamus". The successful candidate will be part of a diverse team of experimentalists, theorists and biostatisticians that studies thalamocortical interactions in different brain models (tree shrew, macaque, human neurotypical, schizophrenia patients) and levels of analyses (local- and large-scale circuits). This is a unique opportunity to learn about team science approaches.

Researchers are given the opportunity to participate in other lab research endeavors, and they are expected to make a strong contribution to the lab's overall research efforts. Training also includes an introduction to various advanced neuroimaging methodologies. The term of this appointment is one year with the possibility of renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding.

Essential qualifications include: a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Computer Science, Bioengineering, Cognitive Science or other closely related fields. Experience working with behaving non-human primates and/or background in electrophysiology of the visual system are preferred. All candidates must possess strong quantitative skills (e.g. Matlab, C++, Python).

Applicants must apply online at and via email to Sabine Kastner ( and include cover letter, CV, research statement, and contact information for 3 references.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This positions are subject to the University's background check policy.


Understanding behavior at all levels of function, from systems to cells, is one of the great challenges of modern biology. At Princeton University, faculty with research interests in neuroscience can be found in many departments, including Applied Math, Chemistry, Engineering, Molecular Biology, Physics, Philosophy and Psychology. This diversity mirrors the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary neuroscience research and provides a rich set of opportunities for research and training in neuroscience. This web site provides information about the shared and individual interests of neuroscience faculty at Princeton, the opportunities available for training at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and neuroscience-related activities on campus.

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