The Laboratory of Neural Systems at The Rockefeller University, New York, NY, is searching for an outstanding postdoctoral fellow interested in studying the physiology of facial movement control. Our lab has recently identified, using fMRI, several cortical and subcortical regions involved in the production of different facial movements (Shepherd & Freiwald, Neuron 99(2), 413-420, 2018). The face-motor system is heavily under-studied, but contains unique specializations which, together with its importance for emotional and communicative functions, makes it so important to study. Thus there is now a unique opportunity to determine, primarily with chronic multi-channel recordings from multiple, fMRI-identified brain areas, the single cell mechanisms, population codes and dynamics by which these multiple face motor areas control voluntary and involuntary facial movements. The project is a collaboration with the motor physiology lab of Yifat Prut at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The postdoctoral fellow will play a key role in this project, especially in running electrophysiological experiments during and performing advanced population analyses. She/he will be part of a highly active, diverse, and fun research team in the lab, and the stimulating Rockefeller campus.
Candidates should, ideally, have a strong background in electrophysiology, ideally with non-human primates or in motor systems, and great quantitative skills. That said, motivation, enthusiasm, and a genuine interest in facial expressions will be valued more than specific past research experience.
Interested candidates should send a description of their scientific interests and qualifications as pertaining to this project, their curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.
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