[visionlist] Computational neuroscience post-doc in Minnesota

Cheryl Olman caolman at umn.edu
Tue Dec 14 14:36:03 -04 2021

Post-doctoral Associate Position

Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota

The laboratories of Cheryl Olman and Audrey Sederberg at the University of
Minnesota, Twin Cities, invite applications for a full-time Post-doctoral
Associate position beginning as early as January 31, 2022. Please apply by
Jan. 15, 2022, for full consideration.

We are seeking scholars specializing in dynamical systems modeling of
neuronal networks for work on a BRAIN Initiative-funded R01 in
collaboration with Gordon Smith and Tay Netoff. This project seeks to
elucidate the neuronal mechanisms of contextual modulation in primary
visual cortex, developing a model that can eventually be used to perceptual
behavioral judgments and human fMRI and MEG data and shed light on how
changes in circuit structure result in aberrant perception in mental
disorders. To do so, the successful candidate will work with a team of
theorists and experimentalists to develop a computational framework that is
based on the responses of specific inhibitory neuronal sub-populations
(e.g., parvalbumin- vs. somatostatin-containing interneurons) measured via
2-photon imaging in the ferret. *The end goal of our work is to leverage
the ability to test a model of excitatory-inhibitory interactions against
data collected in an animal model with columnar architecture in primary
visual cortex, thereby maximizing the likelihood that the model accurately
simulates neuronal interactions in human visual cortex*. Successful
candidates should also demonstrate in their application materials and CV an
excellence (or evidence of potential excellence) in work supporting
recruitment, retention, and mentorship of African American,
Latinx/Hispanic, and/or Native American undergraduate and graduate

The appointment will be 100% time over the twelve-month calendar year, with
a salary greater than or equal to the NIH guidance for post-docs
(commensurate with years of experience). The hiring department will be
Psychology, although the collaborative work spans laboratories in
Psychology, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Engineering. The job description

●  Design, implement, and evaluate computational models that assimilate
2-photon data (65%)

●  Author, co-author, and otherwise collaborate on reports, conference
papers and journal articles. (20%)

●  Work, with the support of faculty mentors, on career development
activities. (15%)

Please direct questions about the position to Cheryl Olman, caolman at umn.edu

How to apply

Please apply online via the Employment System at:
http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment, referencing job posting ID 344993.
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position,
please click on "APPLY FOR THIS POSTING" and follow the instructions. You
will have an opportunity to complete an online application for the position
and attach materials related to your candidacy, including 1) a cover
letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a 500 word research statement, 4) a 500
word statement of commitment to supporting diversity; and 5) samples of
written work.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail
employ at umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647). Any offer of employment is
contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our
presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here.
Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from

Review of applications will begin on January 15th, 2021 and continue until
the position is filled. In addition to the material submitted
electronically, applicants are asked to arrange for two letters of
recommendation to be sent directly to caolman at umn.edu.

Cheryl A. Olman, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Distinguished University Teaching Professor
University of Minnesota
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