Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurobiology of Tinnitus
University of Connecticut - UConn Health
August 2, 2018
Full Time - Entry Level
Academic / Research
We seek a talented postdoctoral scientist to join the Laboratory of Douglas Oliver and assist in the development of an objective electrophysiological test for tinnitus. Currently, no test exists that can diagnose and quantify tinnitus in human subjects or animals, but its development would facilitate tinnitus diagnosis, measurement of severity, and translational work to develop new treatments. The project will use drug-induced and noise-induced animal models of tinnitus and compare several different behavioral methods to assess tinnitus. We will then investigate the hallmarks of tinnitus with deep-brain, 32-channel recording in the auditory brainstem and with recordings of sound-evoked potentials from surface electrodes. An animal model of impulse noise-induced tinnitus also will be developed in conjunction with the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory in Groton CT. As evoked-potential methods to assess tinnitus are developed, they will be tested in human subjects in our clinic. Participation in any or all components of the project is possible, and interactions with the scientists, clinicians, audiologists, and students in our group are encouraged.
Interested applicants should contact Dr. Oliver by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and send their CV, a cover letter that describes their research experience, career goals, and interest in the position, and the contact information for three individuals that will provide letters of recommendation. Applicants will be considered until the position is filled.
Candidates must have a doctoral degree in Neuroscience, Audiology, Psychology, or Biomedical Engineering or the equivalent and will be expected to take a leadership role in one or more facets of the project, specifically:
Behavioral neuroscience since it is necessary to use behavioral methods to screen animals for the presence of tinnitus prior to electrophysiological testing.
Multi-channel recordings and its analysis especially in the auditory system
Computer programming since we will create new code for sound stimulation and evoked potential recordings. Previous experience programming TDT bioacoustic processers is preferred.
Performing electrophysiological tests in human subjects especially when combined with programming and analysis of evoked potential recordings.
Additional Salary Information: NIH scale
Internal Number: 2018-1
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