The Franks Laboratory (www.thefrankslab.org) has openings for postdoctoral fellows. Our lab takes a multidisciplinary approach to understand how neural circuits implement the computations that support odor recognition, a process that resides at the interface of perception and memory. Our overarching goal is to generate a functional wiring diagram for the neural circuitry that implements odor recognition. To achieve this requires knowing both how odor information is represented in the brain, and how these representations change with experience. The olfactory (piriform) cortex is a relatively simple, 3-layered structure that is thought to be the locus for both the perception of odor objects and the formation of odor memories. As such, it provides an exceptionally tractable model cortical circuit to address these questions.
We use a broad arsenal of tools to tackle this problem, including extracellular recordings in large populations of neurons in awake, behaving mice; genetic tools that allow us to capture and manipulate activity in ensembles of odor-responsive neurons; different chemo- and optogentic actuators to disrupt targeted elements of the circuit; in vitro recordings to functionally characterize each element of the circuit; and computational tools to test and further our intuitions about how it all works.
The Franks Lab is in the Department of Neurobiology at Duke University, located in Durham, North Carolina. Our lab is part of a close and collaborative core of excellent Systems Neuroscience labs, providing an intense yet supportive intellectual environment. Meanwhile, Durham is home to a rich and rapidly growing cultural and food scene, in a market where postdocs can comfortably afford to buy their own homes.
This position will be ideal for a talented and driven individual who is just about to or has recently finished their Ph.D. work in Neuroscience or another related discipline. However, all enthusiastic, curious and ambitious candidates are encouraged to apply. If this sounds like a great opportunity for you or someone you know, please send your C.V., contact information for 3 references, and brief description of what you’ve done in your previous work and what you might want to do in our lab to firstname.lastname@example.org.