I am seeking intellectually curious, highly skilled, and enthusiastic researchers to join my lab and contribute to our research into the mechanisms and functions of REM sleep in early development. There are opportunities to perform neurophysiological experiments and/or expand our analyses of a trove of existing data. My lab provides a highly supportive and collaborative environment and I play an active role in mentoring all trainees.
I am looking for individuals who can contribute to one or more of the following ongoing projects (or develop new areas of complementary research):
Brain activity (units, LFPs) in multiple cortical and subcortical structures (e.g., M1, S1, thalamus, hippocampus, cerebellum, brainstem) in relation to myoclonic twitches of the limbs during REM sleep in infant rats and mice;
Role of neuromodulators (e.g., dopamine) in sleep-dependent plasticity;
Computational analyses of neural activity patterns across early development;
Behavioral and neural assessments of sleep and wake behavior in rodent models of neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism, dystonia);
Sleep-related EEG activity in human newborns;
Contributions of sleep to the development of internal models in cerebellar and cortical circuits.
In addition to doctoral training in neuroscience, psychology, or related fields, one or more of the following skills are desirable:
Ability to perform surgeries and conduct neurophysiological experiments;
Strong data analysis or computational skills related to neurophysiological data;
The University of Iowa is a leading public university located in Iowa City, a midsize community with a high quality of life. The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is experiencing vigorous growth and enhancement, including construction of a new building. The University is also making substantial investments in neuroscience—already a large community with more than 100 faculty members across five colleges and 26 departments—including the recent founding of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute and the creation of a new undergraduate major in neuroscience. The DeLTA Center brings together a vibrant campus-wide community of researchers interested in all aspects of learning and development.
2 openings. Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience based on NIH salary recommendations
Internal Number: SfN-2019-2
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