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Occupational Summary

Conduct independent research activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor in preparation for a full time academic or research career.

Work Performed

The laboratories of Dr. Richard Mooney (https://www and Dr. John Pearson ( at Duke University are seeking two (2) postdoctoral scholars in conjunction with an NIH BRAIN Initiative-funded project investigating the contributions of basal ganglia to vocal motor exploration and reinforcement learning. Candidates will combine state of the art viral, electrophysiological, imaging, and computational methods and work as part of a multi-institution team that also includes Dr.Carlos Lois, in the Division of Biology and Bio logical Engineering at CalTech,and Dr. Tim Gardner, in the Phil and Penn y Knight Campus for AcceleratingScientific Impact at the University of Oregon.

The first postdoc, appointed in the Department of Neurobiology, will use behavioral, optogenetic, electrophysiological and optical imaging methods to explore how cortico-basal ganglia circuits contribute to vocal exploration and learning. Previous experience with imaging and electrophysiological methods is desirable, and experience using viral gene transfer methods to monitor and manipulate neural activity will be especially helpful. Candidates with strong quantitative skills and an interest in developing or improving computational skills are especially desired. This postdoc will work closely with a related postdoc hire in the Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, as well as team members a cross all institutions.

For reference you may access the Job Description for the postdoc hire in the Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics via the link below:

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Required Education:

The Postdoctoral Appointee must holda PhD or equivalent doctorate (e.g.ScD, MD, DVM). Candidates with non-USdegrees may be required to provide proof of degree equivalency.

The term of the appointment is limited (see Section 5 of the P ostdoc Policy forlength of appointment).

Minimum Qualifications


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Posted: 10/8/2020
Application Due: 1/6/2021
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