A postdoctoral position is available to study central auditory development and plasticity, from synapse function to cortical processing during perceptual task performance. Projects seek to understand how auspicious or adverse developmental experiences influence the emergence of adult behavior. One set of projects focus on the pivotal role played by juvenile auditory learning during the maturation of perceptual skills, and the cortical mechanisms that support mature performance. A second set of projects explore how a brief period of developmental hearing loss can cause persistent impairments of cortical synapse function which are mirrored by deficits in cortical encoding and perception. To address these questions, we combine synaptic physiology in brain slices, optogenetic and chemogenetic manipulations, wireless recordings from cortex in freely moving awake-behaving animals, and viral vectors to express gerbil-specific synaptic proteins. Candidates are expected to have some experience with behavior or neurophysiology, and a primary interest in auditory neuroscience. The Center for Neural Science at NYU is located in Greenwich Village, and offers modern laboratory facilities, a stimulating research environment, and excellent opportunities for collaboration. Three years of NYU postdoctoral housing may be available. URL: http://saneslab.com/. Send vita, statement of research interests and career goals, and contact information of two references to Dan Sanes (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Candidates are expected to have some experience with behavior or neurophysiology, and a primary interest in auditory neuroscience.
Additional Salary Information: Salary shown is for candidates with <1 years experience. Otherwise, salary is commensurate with NIH postdoctoral stipend levels (see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-19-036.html).
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About New York University
The Center for Neural Science is the focus for teaching and research in the brain sciences at the Washington Square Campus of New York University. Formed in 1987, the Center has been a department of the Faculty of Arts and Science since 1994.
The research interests of the faculty span a broad range of topics in neural science, including mechanisms of perception, cognition, and action. Techniques in use in our laboratories include molecular and cell biology, neurophysiology and neuroanatomy, brain imaging, and human and animal behavior. Empirical work at every level of investigation benefits from fruitful interaction with a unique and distinguished group of theorists both within the Center and in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. The Center also benefits from the outstanding academic environment at the Washington Square Campus, including major research programs the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Physics, and Psychology. Beyond Washington Square, the Center enjoys a close cooperative relationship with the Neuroscience Institute and with other researchers in the basic and clinical neurosciences at the NYU School of Medicine.