We are actively seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join our research team on an exciting new project investigating functional brain mapping for neurosurgery. This project is seeking to understand precisely the effects of electrocortical stimulation (ECS) on cortical neurons and networks. ECS has been used for 80+ years as a way to identify “eloquent” areas of the cortex to avoid resecting during brain surgeries, yet it is still not clear what is actually being activated or inhibited in the cortex. It is also used for neuromodulation in several neurological disorders. This part of the project will be using transparent, flexible electrodes, chemogenetics, and calcium imaging to simultaneously stimulate and record from the cortex in vivo to dissect the effects of ECS on cortical neurons.
We are seeking a highly motivated individual to start immediately on this project. The project is a collaboration with multiple laboratories at Northwestern (including Andrew Miri, John Rogers, and Anis Contractor) as well as with Johns Hopkins University, Indiana University, and the University of Iowa. We collaborate closely with several other neuroprosthetics and computational neuroscience laboratories at Northwestern and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, thus providing tremendous educational and networking opportunities.
Desired qualifications include a PhD in biomedical engineering, neuroscience, physiology, or related fields. In particular, experience with calcium imaging is preferred. Candidates should possess some neuroscience and some electrophysiology background.
Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, brief statement of research interests, and contact information for 3 references to:
Marc Slutzky, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Biomedical Engineering