The Purdue laboratory for sensorimotor integration is hiring a postdoc! Research in the Pluta lab elucidates the neural mechanisms underlying sensory perception and sensory-guided behavior. We aim to dissect the interaction between cortical and midbrain networks during active sensation to better understand the cortical control of instinctive behaviors. Our model system is the sense of touch in mice because their large array of highly sensitive facial whiskers are maneuvered to navigate the environment, capture prey, and socialize. We utilize powerful, genetically targeted tools to perform precise optogenetic manipulations of neural activity. Using cutting-edge physiological, anatomical, optogenetic, and behavioral techniques, our research provides novel insight into the cellular and circuit mechanisms of sensory perception and behavior.
For more information: http://www.plutalab.com/
Interested applicants should send a CV, including a list of three referees and 1 - 3 first author publications to spluta at purdue dot edu.
I will be attending the SFN meeting in San Diego this November, and well as the Barrels meeting in Riverside, CA. Please take these opportunities to schedule an interview, if you are attending either event.
Applicants should have a PhD in Neuroscience, or related, and have extensive experience programming in Matlab and/or Python, as well as the ability to integrate hardware with custom software. Expertise in neurophysiology, optogenetics, and/or behavior is desired.