[visionlist] Postdoc Position in Intraoperative Human Neurophysiology

Peter Kaskan peter.kaskan at ulp.org
Sat Feb 24 14:07:32 -05 2018

We are looking for a knowledgeable neurophysiologist to join our growing group in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Louisville Medical School on an R01 funded project. The project seeks to define mechanisms of inhibitory control utilizing intraoperative recordings and microstimulation during the performance of a number of visual-motor tasks. This is an exciting time as we have the opportunity to develop paradigms to explore human cognition, motivation, and emotion, making use of DBS and intracranial electroencephalography.

A postdoctoral position is available in the Human Cognitive Neurophysiology Group (HCN) in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. HCN (Drs. Neimat, van Wouwe, and Kaskan) investigates the neural correlates of cognition in the setting of human intraoperative recording and stimulation performed for the treatment of movement disorders and epilepsy. Our collaborative group pairs neuroscientists with physicians in a clinical research environment to provide rich opportunities for the novel exploration of brain function. Drs. Neimat and van Wouwe have recently been awarded a multi-site R01 (Louisville and Vanderbilt) entitled: Modulating Inhibitory Action Control Systems with Subthalamic Nucleus (STN) Stimulation. Dr. Kaskan has recently joined the group and is investigating the role of the STN in value-based decision-making.

We are seeking to hire a postdoctoral fellow with a Ph.D. in neuroscience, engineering, computer science, cognitive psychology, the biomedical sciences, or a field related to neuroscience. Experience with the collection and analysis of single-unit neural recordings and/or local field potentials (human or animal) is required. Experience programming with MATLAB and familiarity with the Linux environment is highly encouraged. The best candidates will be experienced neurophysiologists interested in human cognition.

The candidate is expected to be highly motivated, possess excellent presentation and interpersonal skills, an ability to troubleshoot technical neurophysiological issues, a demonstrated track record of publications and project completion, and the ability to work both independently and with others. Additional responsibilities include: manuscript and grant preparation, literature and manuscript review, presentations at local seminars and national meetings, and mentoring junior lab members.

An initial appointment will be made for one year, with the possibility of extension based upon performance. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The University of Louisville is a strong research environment and the postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with other departments including the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, the Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and the JB Speed School of Engineering. The multi-site grant also provides the opportunity to work with the Neurology Department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, or veteran status.

Interested candidates should send a brief statement of research experience including interests and future objectives as well as a curriculum vitae, a reprint (.pdf) of an exemplar paper where they were an author, and the contact information for three professional references to peter.kaskan at ulp.org<mailto:peter.kaskan at ulp.org>.

Peter M. Kaskan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Human Cognitive Neurophysiology Group (HCN)
Department of Neurological Surgery
University of Louisville School of Medicine
220 Abraham Flexner Way, Suite 1500
Louisville, KY 40202

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