[visionlist] Postdoc in navigation, learning, and memory at UC Irvine

Liz Chrastil chrastil at uci.edu
Mon Mar 8 03:04:09 -04 2021

Dr. Elizabeth Chrastil, PI of the Spatial Neuroscience Laboratory in the
Department of Neurobiology & Behavior at the University of California,
Irvine, is seeking *one or more postdoctoral researchers* for the coming
year. The Spatial Neuroscience Lab uses dynamic and interdisciplinary
research methods to answer questions about how the brain processes
information to keep us oriented as we navigate through a complicated world.
In addition to navigation, our research is deeply connected to the fields
of learning, memory, and decision making, with aging, clinical, and
translational applications. Our primary techniques are fully immersive
virtual reality and neuroscience brain imaging using multimodal magnetic
resonance imaging (structural MRI, fMRI, diffusion imaging, resting state)
and electroencephalography (EEG).

Postdoc positions are available in the following specific areas:
1) individual differences in navigational ability, with a focus on learning;
2) function and connectivity of the retrosplenial cortex;
3) cognitive aging, with consideration of navigation as an early clinical
marker for dementia;
4) fMRI investigations of cognitive mapping compared to graph-like
5) distance processing in the hippocampus across spatial, temporal, and
social domains.

Requirements for the position include: a Ph.D. in neuroscience, cognitive
science, psychology, or related field. Demonstrable skill in one or more
programming languages (e.g. Matlab or Python) and exceptionally strong
statistical skills are highly desired. A strong background in MRI data
analysis including multivariate methods (multivariate pattern
analysis/representational similarity analysis) is highly preferred. The
successful applicant would have a strong first-author publication record
and a demonstrable interest in navigation, learning, memory, or decision
making. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, are a
must. A desire to mentor and teach graduate and undergraduate students in
the lab is also a plus. Beyond qualifications and skills, the successful
applicant should be collaborative, resourceful, and productive and must be
able to manage multiple research projects with ease and have an eye for
common approaches and themes.

Numerous opportunities for exploration and the development of creative data
science approaches are available. A very strong statistical background is
highly desired. Lab and institutional resources include a new
research-dedicated 3T Siemens Prisma scanner, a large ambulatory virtual
reality space with wireless tracking, an active Alzheimer’s Disease
Research Center, and a newly established sleep center. There are abundant
opportunities for collaborative work with other researchers across the
university. In addition to working on new projects, there are also
opportunities to work with existing data across multiple research programs.

In addition to lab funding, candidates may also qualify for support through
T32 institutional training grant mechanisms, postdoc NRSA, and
collaborative projects. Applications will be reviewed until the position is
filled. Salary is based on NIH pay scales and experience. Start date is in
the summer of 2021 but is flexible. Initial appointment is for one year at
100% time, with a comprehensive benefits package. Continuation beyond one
year will be based on performance and availability of funding.

Qualified candidates should submit:
1) cover letter describing your qualifications,
2) Curriculum Vitae detailing your research experience
3) names and contact information for three references who can provide
letters upon request.
Submit applications electronically at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF06614

For more information about this position, contact Dr. Elizabeth Chrastil at
chrastil at uci.edu. For information on the Spatial Neuroscience Laboratory,
go to https://faculty.sites.uci.edu/spatialneuro/

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to
the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research,
teaching, and service.
*The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative
Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants
will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin,
disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories
covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.*

Assistant Professor
University of California, Irvine
Department of Neurobiology & Behavior
Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory
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