[visionlist] Postdoctoral position at the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, NEI, NIH.

Bruce Cumming bgc at lsr.nei.nih.gov
Thu Oct 21 17:31:00 GMT 2010


Postdoctoral Fellowhip in Visual Neurophysiology at NIH.

Dr Bruce Cumming has a vacancy, available immediately, for a 
postdoctoral fellow to study responses of visual cortical neurons in 
awake behaving monkeys. The appointment is for up to 5 years. The 
experimental work centers around extracellular single unit recording in 
striate or extrastriate cortex, while presenting binocular stimuli to 
behaving animals. The main themes of the work are A) developing and 
testing mechanistic models to explain how signals about disparity are 
generated in cortex (e.g Haefner and Cumming, 2008). B) Understanding, 
how in principle these signals might be used to compute depth (e.g. Read 
and Cumming, 2007). And C) combining modern psychophysical techniques 
with single cell recordings and microstimulation to clarify how these 
signals relate to perception (.e.g. Nienborg and Cumming, 2009). A 
significant current effort is directed towards recording with multiple 
electrodes, using either linear multi-contact probes and multi-electrode 
("Utah") grids, while animals perform threshold psychophysics.

The laboratory forms part of the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Resarch, a 
group of seven principal investigators with a common interest in primate 
neurophysiology and visual behavior. The group is well funded and offers 
state-of-the-art facilities, in a collegial atmosphere. There are 
opportunities to develop projects using multi-electrode recordings or 
monkey fMRI. There are also close links with the rest of the NIH’s 
sizeable Neuroscience program.

The NIH-campus is located in Bethesda, a 15 min subway-ride away 
(http://www.wmata.com/metrorail/systemmap.cfm) from the center of 
Washington, DC.

The Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field and have experience 
with MATLAB. Starting salarly will be $44,000 - $59,400, depending on 
experience. Applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae to:

Bruce Cumming
Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research,
National Eye Institute,
National Institutes of Health,
Bethesda, MD 20892-4435
Phone: 301-402-8097
Fax: 301-402-0511
Email: bgc at lsr.nei.nih.gov <mailto:bgc at lsr.nei.nih.gov>

*Recent Papers:
*

Nienborg and Cumming (2009) Nature 459: 89-92 "Decision-related activity 
in sensory neurons reflects more than a neuron's causal effect" 
</pubmed/19270683>
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v459/n7243/full/nature07821.html

Haefner and Cumming (2008) Neuron 57: 147-158. “Adaptation to Natural 
Binocular Disparities in Primate V1 Explained by a Generalized Energy Model”
http://tinyurl.com/338soy

Read and Cumming (2007) Nature Neuroscience 10: 1322-1328 “Sensors for 
impossible stimuli may solve the stereo correspondence problem” 
http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v10/n10/abs/nn1951.html


<http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v10/n12/abs/nn1991.html>

-- 
Bruce Cumming
Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research,
National Eye Institute,
Bldg 49 Room 2A50
National Institutes of Health,
Bethesda
MD 20892-4435.
Phone 301 402 8097
Fax 301 402 0511
Email bgc at lsr.nei.nih.gov

-- 
Bruce Cumming
Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research,
National Eye Institute,
Bldg 49 Room 2A50
National Institutes of Health,
Bethesda
MD 20892-4435.
Phone 301 402 8097
Fax 301 402 0511
Email bgc at lsr.nei.nih.gov




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