Tuesday, March 4, 2014

[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral position: neural circuitry of reward and motivated behavior at Cornell

We are seeking exceptional postdoctoral fellows to join a creative and multidisciplinary team of researchers, led by Dr. Melissa Warden, in the department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University.  The broad goal of our research program is to understand the neural circuitry underlying reward and motivation in the mammalian brain, and to determine how signals reflecting these quantities are constructed and used to control affective state and behavior.  We study these systems with an observational and causal approach, combining monitoring and decoding of neural activity with control of defined circuit elements, and utilize an array of techniques including optogenetics, imaging, high-density freely moving neurophysiology, patch clamp electrophysiology, rodent behavior, and computation.  For more information see wardenlab.org.

Ideal candidates will have a strong quantitative background, experience in imaging or electrophysiology, and proficiency in MATLAB/Python/R.  Previous experience with neurobiology is helpful but not necessary.  The main selection criteria will be outstanding research accomplishments, creativity, and promise of future achievement.

Cornell has a vibrant neuroscience community spanning a wide range of departments and institutes, including Neurobiology and Behavior, Applied and Engineering Physics, Biomedical Engineering, the Kavli Institute for Nanoscale Science, Psychology, Mathematics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, and Molecular Medicine, an environment which provides a unique opportunity to bring the latest technological innovations to bear on fundamental problems in neuroscience.  Cornell’s scenic campus is located in Ithaca, New York, an intellectually and culturally rich city in the heart of the Finger Lakes.

Interested candidates should send a research statement, a curriculum vitae with publications, and the contact information for three references to Dr. Melissa Warden (mrwarden@cornell.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Informal inquiries are welcome.

Melissa R. Warden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Miriam M. Salpeter Fellow
Robertson Neuroscience Investigator, New York Stem Cell Foundation
Department of Neurobiology and Behavior
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853

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