Neurophysiology of Motor Learning in Primate Thalamo-cortical Circuits -
A Postdoctoral position is available at the University of Pittsburgh to study the neural circuits that connect cerebellar- and basal ganglia-recipient regions of thalamus to the primary motor cortex and their contributions to motor learning. The project investigates the task-related activities of physiologically-identified neuronal subtypes in motor cortex and thalamus using multi-electrode single unit recording, stimulation-based electrophysiology, and DREADD inactivation techniques in behaving non-human primates.
We seek a creative motivated scientist with a Ph.D. in neuroscience, biomedical engineering or related fields. Experience in motor control research, non-human primate behavioral neurophysiology, and the statistical analysis of neuronal data analysis is preferred. This is a full-time NIH-funded position with university benefits. The position offers exceptional facilities, resources and opportunities for interdisciplinary training in basic and translational neuroscience research, collaboration, and career development. The successful candidate will have frequent opportunities to interact with other faculty and labs of the Systems Neuroscience Institute, (PI’s include Drs. Peter Strick, Andrew Schwartz, Aaron Batista, Omar Gharbawie, and William Stauffer), those in the large neuroscience communities at the University of Pittsburgh and at nearby Carnegie Mellon University.
To apply, please send a statement of research interests and CV to:
Robert S. Turner, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurobiology and System Neuroscience,
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
University of Pittsburgh