[visionlist] Postdoctoral opportunity: impact of neurodegeneration on adaptive processing in the cerebral cortex

Solomon, Samuel s.solomon at ucl.ac.uk
Wed Jan 30 05:31:17 -04 2019

We are pleased to invite applications for a postdoctoral position in the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience (IBN) at University College London. The project is funded by a MRC grant awarded to Sam Solomon, Aman Saleem, Francesca Cacucci, and their collaborators at Eli Lilly. The project aims to understand how adaptive information processing is altered in neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimers Disease, using vision as a model system. We are interested in how neurodegeneration changes circuit function, particularly sensory plasticity, and whether these changes can be used to predict and track the extent of degeneration. The project will involve multi-channel electrophysiology and behavioural measurements in awake wild type and transgenic mice.

The successful candidate will be expected to design, conduct and analyse data from electrophysiology, histological and behavioural experiments. The appointee will also be expected to contribute to the writing of manuscripts and presenting the data at international conferences. Strong support for personal and professional development will be available.

Applicants must hold a PhD, or have submitted their thesis, in neuroscience/psychology and have experience of neural recording in animals. The ability to work as part of a research team is essential, as is the ability to problem-solve in a technical setting. Computer skills including Matlab programming are desirable. Particular importance will be given to experience with multi-electrode recording and high-level analytic skills.

Further Details
Closing date for applications: February 24th 2019, with interviews shortly after.
Start/end date: Open immediately. The position is available for 24 months in the first instance.
Salary range for the position (inclusive of London allowance): £35,328 - £42,701 per annum depending on experience.
A job description and person specification can be accessed at: https://tinyurl.com/yal9o38m<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/sWYWCK1qJZt7jDZ7HMzH1S?domain=tinyurl.com>
Applications should include a covering letter, CV and the names and addresses of three referees.
For information about the application process, please contact Sonia Theodoric, s.theodoric at ucl.ac.uk<mailto:s.theodoric at ucl.ac.uk>
Further information about the IBN is available at http://www.ibn.ucl.ac.uk<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/z4XaCL7rK8tBJklBSqFhe0?domain=ibn.ucl.ac.uk>
Further information about the scientific aspects of the position can be obtained by contacting Sam Solomon at s.solomon at ucl.ac.uk<mailto:s.solomon at ucl.ac.uk>

Sam Solomon
Institute for Behavioural Neuroscience,
Department of Experimental Psychology,
University College London,

Ph:  +44-207-679-5358 (internal: 25358)

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