Multiple graduate student and postdoctoral positions in Systems/Behavioral Neuroscience are available in the van der Meer and Taube labs to study the neural mechanisms underlying directional orientation and spatial decision-making in rodents.
In a joint project comprising the two labs and external collaborators, we aim to understand how neural ensembles combine multiple sources of information to form a neural representation of heading direction, and how this directional signal and associated uncertainty is used to guide behavior.
Specific tools employed include synergistic combinations of large-scale neural recording (Neuropixels) and calcium imaging (miniscopes), optogenetic tagging and closed-loop manipulations, ethologically relevant behavior, computational modeling and advanced data analysis.
The training environment at Dartmouth includes a highly collaborative department with a strong commitment to innovative methods, a structured graduate program with opportunities for co-supervision, a yearly Methods in Neuroscience summer school (mindsummerschool.org), multiple seminar series and workshops, and competitive salary/stipend and benefits including research and travel support.
This project is an excellent opportunity for individuals with expertise in electrophysiology, rodent behavior, and/or neural data analysis to become an integral part of a cutting-edge systems neuroscience project.
Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae, a letter of interest outlining their experience and research goals, and the names and contact information of two references to: email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org; informal inquiries are welcome. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, with negotiable start date.
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