Description: The Gottfried Lab at the University of Pennsylvania is looking to hire a postdoctoral researcher to study network models of odor coding and perception using high-field (9.4-Tesla) functional MRI in awake behaving mice. This new project follows from our recent human studies (Howard et al., Neuron 2014; Bao et al., eLife 2016; Howard et al., Neuron 2016) on olfactory categorization and perceptual learning, and represents an “inverse translational” approach in which human cognitive paradigms are adapted to mouse models. The main goal is to combine different olfactory perceptual tasks with optogenetic, chemogenetic, and pharmacological manipulations to establish a mechanistic role for select neuronal cell types, pathways, and networks in the expression of olfactory behavioral states. As a unique experimental platform for investigating the neurobiological basis of behavior, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to design and develop their own research questions within this conceptual and technical framework.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Neuroscience, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Psychology, Computer Science, or other closely related field, and will have a proven track record in conducting behavioral neuroscience experiments in animal models, and experience in in-vivo imaging, optogenetics, chemogenetics, or electrophysiology. Prospective candidates who have expertise in different yet transferable domains, including human fMRI, are also encouraged to apply.
Contact: Please send a brief letter of interest describing how current experience and skills and future goals align with this position; an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae; and names and contact information of three references to:
Dr. Jay Gottfried, email: jaygottf "at" pennmedicine.upenn.edu.