Postdoctoral research positions are immediately available at the UCLA Neurosurgical Brain Mapping and Restoration Lab (NBMRL), under the direction of Dr. Nader Pouratian in the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery. We are seeking individuals with interest in any of the following areas: (1) pathophysiology of Parkinson disease (2) therapeutic mechanisms of deep brain stimulation (3) network basis of anesthesia and consciousness (4) biophysics of visual cortex stimulation.
These NIH-funded positions are outstanding opportunities to receive training and develop innovative research projects in a highly productive and cutting-edge research program. The successful candidates are expected to be team players and collaborate closely with other team members (both within UCLA and across our collaborative multi-site network) to develop and validate data acquisitions and behavioral testing and advanced image and signal analyses and interpretation. The candidates are also expected to report, through oral presentation and written reports/papers, algorithms and experimental findings. In addition, opportunities to develop research proposals under direct mentorship from the PI will be provided.
Candidates with a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or Data Science, an excellent research record, and a drive to work independently and collaboratively to solve conceptual and computational challenges, are encouraged to apply. A strong quantitative and theoretical skillset is a must, prior experience in biomechanical modeling, cognitive sciences or neuroscience, and a background in relevant modeling and analysis of behavioral or neurophysiological data are a plus.
Excellent written and oral English communication skills and proven ability to conduct high-quality research evidenced by first author publications are required. Previous experience with human scalp-or intracranial EEG, animal intracranial electrophysiology, or advanced MRI analysis is preferred.
Assistance to international scholars will be provided for applications of visa of appropriate categories.
Interested candidates should contact Dr. Nader Pouratian at email@example.com and submit a letter of interest, CV, and at least 2 references.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits provided
Internal Number: NBMRL004
About UCLA Neurosurgical Brain Mapping and Restoration Lab
The UCLA Neurosurgical Brain Mapping and Restoration Lab was established in 2009. Our primary mission is to extract clinically meaningful signals from various brain mapping modalities and use these signals to develop innovative approaches to restore function to patients with neurological and psychiatric diseases.
Restoring neurological function to debilitated patients requires a sophisticated and multi-faceted approach that integrates neuroscientific knowledge and advanced biomedical engineering and signal classification techniques. In our laboratory, we record brain mapping signals using multiple modalities, including structural MRI, functional MRI, diffusion tensor MRI, electroencephalography, electrocorticography, and electrical stimulation mapping to better understand the nature and significance of brain mapping signals, both in health and in disease. We focus on characterizing and classifying signals associated with unique physiological function, such as motor movements and language, as well pathophysiological phenomenon, such as cognitive impairments and deficits in inhibitory control.
Our work takes advantage of the unique opportunities provided by open neurosurgical p...rocedures in patients that are awake to maps human motor and cognitive function. Ultimately, our goal is to develop a complex understanding of brain signals to develop high-dimensional, real-time, and reliable brain-computer interfaces to restore function to debilitated patients.