Wednesday, May 28, 2014

[Comp-neuro] Postdoc in Neuromechanics and Optogenetics at Temple University

Dear colleagues, 

We have the following postdoc position available within the Spence Lab, Department of Bioengineering, at Temple University in Philadelphia, USA. See for information about the group.

Andrew Spence

Have you ever wondered how legged animals manage to move with dexterity, economy, and robustness over challenging terrain? Or how information from sense organs in different parts of your body is used when you move quickly? Have you heard about some of the new neurogenetic technologies, like optogenetics, that are making it possible for us to switch on and off specific parts of the nervous system with light? Members of the Spence Lab are working to answer these questions, using cutting edge techniques including optogenetics, computer vision, and robotics. We aim to explore and examine, as much as possible, freely behaving animals, with an increasing focus on mice. 

The Spence Lab invites applications from prospective postdocs from a wide range of backgrounds, including neuroscience, biomechanics, physics, physiology, engineering, computer science, and robotics. This postdoc is a three-year Army Research Office funded position that will use optogenetic tools in mice to understand how the structure of the quadrupedal gait controller, and sensory feedback from the limbs, facilitate dynamic locomotion. 

The Department of Bioengineering at Temple University is a brand new department with newly renovated facilities, and the Spence Lab is investing in state of the art equipment. Temple University lies in Philadelphia, a city known for it's restaurants and vibrant culture, housing a large number of universities, and with excellent links to New York City (two hours away) and Washington DC (2.5 hours away).

For further information on the group and it's current activities, please visit

If you are interested and qualified, please send a cover letter, CV, transcripts and relevant publications to
The position is available until filled.

Dr. Andrew Spence
Associate Professor
Department of Bioengineering
Engineering Building Room 814
College of Engineering
Temple University
1947 N. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-3056

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