The Laboratory of Neural Systems at The Rockefeller University, New York, NY, (https://www.rockefeller.edu) is excited to offer a position for a postdoc interested in the neural mechanisms and computational principles of face perception. Utilizing the beautifully organized network of face-selective areas in the macaque monkey, we aim to determine the computational principles the system employs to extract and transform information from the face. The project’s goal is to unravel the computational principles that give rise to the unique tuning properties within specific nodes of the networks. In our inter-disciplinary collaboration, we will combine advanced experimental and computational approaches to further this understanding of how and why the system is implementing particular computations. The postdoc at The Rockefeller University would conduct experiments, primarily electrophysiological ones, but also fMRI, and engage in a close collaboration with theoreticians. The postdoc will play a key role in shaping the project, conducting experiments in these projects, analyzing data, and interacting with collaborators. The postdoc will be part of a highly active, diverse, and fun research team in the lab, the stimulating Rockefeller campus, and an international collaboration.
Candidates should have a strong background in electrophysiology, good quantitative skills, and strong computational interests. Motivation, enthusiasm, ambition, and a genuine interest in facial perception will be valued even more highly than specific past research experience. They should be interested in a close collaboration with theoreticians.
Interested candidates should send a description of their scientific interests and qualifications as pertaining to this project, their curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of professional references, and any questions or thoughts to Winrich Freiwald (email@example.com). I look forward to hearing from you.
Internal Number: 2018_01
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