The Hebert Wertheim College of Engineering, the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases, and the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida
We are seeking highly-motivated candidates for two postdoctoral research fellow positions. The chosen candidate(s) will conduct research focused on studying basic mechanisms of sensorimotor integration in healthy and pathological brain states and translate this knowledge to clinical applications of movement and cognitive disorders. Current active projects funded by NIH include:
Using deep brain recording and stimulation electrode technology chronically implanted in human patients with essential tremor to characterize biomarker electrophysiological signatures of limb movements in deep brain structures and use these signatures to provide on-demand stimulation therapy to alleviate their pathological symptoms.
Using multi-photon microscopy and optogenetic techniques to monitor and perturb neural circuits at cellular and subcellular resolution in awake behaving subjects to investigate mechanisms of neural plasticity during perceptual decisions, working memory and sensory-guided navigation in virtual reality environments.
Using large scale electrophysiological recordings, multi-photon microscopy and optogenetic techniques to characterize biomarkers of Parkinson’s’ disease (PD) progression in a transgenic animal model of PD.
One position is available under the first project in which the candidate will focus on developing algorithms for neural decoding and deep brain stimulation and test them in experiments involving human subjects. The other position is available under the second and third projects in which the candidate will focus on studying neural circuits in higher order brain areas during naturally- and artificially-guided decision making, motor planning and execution both in healthy and PD animals. The candidate will publish peer-reviewed journal articles and help supervise graduate students carrying out experiments. The candidate will help train students in his/her area of expertise. Desirable skills may include any of the following: extracellular recording in awake behaving subjects, two-photon imaging, optogenetic manipulation of neural activity, and computational data analysis.
For consideration, submit a CV and the names and contact information of three professional references as a single PDF file attachment to
Karim G. Oweiss, Ph.D.
Preeminence Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience and Neurology
University of Florida: Over the past 5-8 years, the state of Florida invested over 1.5 billion dollars to advance the University of Florida's mission. As a result, UF is now the 7th ranked public university in America (US News & World Report). The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, The Shands Hospital, and the Colleges of Medicine, all in close proximity, foster cross-college, highly interdisciplinary collaborations. The city of Gainesville is a university town with a relatively low cost of living, a high quality of life, and a location ~2 hours from 3 major cities (Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville). University of Florida counts among its greatest strengths — and a major component of its excellence – that it values broad diversity in its faculty, students, and staff and creates a robust, inclusive and welcoming climate for learning, research and other work. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Minimum Qualifications: A PhD in Neurobiology, Neurophysiology, Biomedical Engineering or related fields.
Additional Salary Information: NIH scale based on seniority level
Internal Number: 51358
About University of Florida
University of Florida is a public institution that was founded in 1853. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 35,043, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 2,000 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. The University of Florida is about two miles away from downtown Gainesville, a college town bolstered by the school’s nearly 50,000 students. The Florida Gators sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference, and are supported by mascots Albert and Alberta the Alligators.
The University has well-regarded graduate programs through the engineering school, Hough Graduate School of Business, Levin College of Law and the College of Medicine.
The ECE Department at UF offers BS, MS and PhD degree programs with an enrollment of about 600 full time undergraduate students and 600 graduate students of which about 200 are PhD students. Currently, the ECE Department has 48 tenured or tenure track faculty members with rapid growth from 41 a few years ago. Among the active faculty are 13 IEEE fellows, 16 NSF CAREER Award winners, and 5 PECASE winners. The Department’s external research expenditures were a record high $17 million last year and the largest in the college of engineering.