POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE - FIELD LAB

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Field Lab postdoctoral positions to study visual processing

The Field lab at Duke University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to participate in one or more NIH funded projects. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or related field with experience in electrophysiology, imaging neural activity, and/or mathematical modeling. Strong quantitative skills and experience using MATLAB, Python, or similar coding language is requisite. Candidates should be self-motivated, curious, enthusiastic, prepared to work in a collaborative environment, and committed to rigorous, reproducible science.

The first project involves using novel experimental and computation methods to understand how populations of retinal ganglion cells collectively signals natural visual scenes to the brain. This work follows up on new avenues of investigation that have opened from our recent discovery that diverse cell types in the retinal are spatially coordinated to more efficiently sample natural scenes (Roy et al., 2021, Nature).

The second project involves a collaboration with the labs of Dr. Michael Stryker at UCSF and Dr. Steven Zucker at Yale that aims to understand visual system function from retina through visual cortex using large-scale measurements of neural population activity and novel theoretical techniques. The position offers the opportunity to work in the three labs and learn retinal array recording of ganglion cells at Duke, high-density cortical recording with multi-site silicon probes and 2-photon calcium imaging at UCSF, and mathematical approaches to understanding neural circuitry at Yale.

The third project involves a collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. Fred Rieke at the University of Washington and Dr. Joel Zylberberg at York University in Toronto. This project seeks to understand how neural population in the retina reliably signal when faced with dynamic and rapid luminance fluctuations that are encountered in nature.

Finally, the fourth project involves a new collaboration with Dr. Marc Sommer’s lab at Duke University to understand how visual signals sent directly from the retina to the superior colliculus shape primate vision. This project offers the candidate the opportunity to study the primate visual system using viral-mediated approaches for manipulating neural activity.

In addition to apply online interested candidates should email Dr. Greg Field: [email protected]

Minimum Qualifications
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Experience
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Work Performed
DEFINITION:

The Postdoctoral Appointee holds a PhD or equivalent doctorate (e.g., ScD, MD, DVM). Candidates with non-US degrees may be required to provide proof of degree equivalency.
1. A candidate may also be appointed to a postdoctoral position if the candidate has completed all the requirements for a degree, but the degree has not been formally conferred: in this case, the candidate may present evidence of completion of the degree requirements, together with a statement documenting the date on which the degree is to be conferred. If the degree is not conferred by this projected date, the postdoctoral appointment may be terminated.

2. Note for international candidates: Immigration classifications (e.g., H-1B, J-1, etc.) require that the requisite degree be conferred before a petition can be filed or a visa document issued to sponsor the individual.

  • The term of the appointment is limited (see Section 5 of the Postdoc Policy for length of appointment).
  • The appointment involves full-time research or scholarship and may include teaching responsibilities.
  • The appointment is preparatory for a full time academic or research career.
  • The appointment is not part of a clinical training program unless research training under the supervision of a senior mentor is the primary purpose of the appointment.
  • The Postdoctoral Appointee functions under the supervision of a mentor or a department at Duke University.
  • The Postdoctoral Appointee is expected to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of the appointment.

EXPECTATION:

  • The conscientious discharge of research or scholarship responsibilities, which may include teaching responsibilities for Postdoctoral Associates
  • Conformance to standards of responsible conduct in research
  • Compliance with good scholarly and research practice
  • Maintenance of a laboratory notebook and/or other comparable records of research activity, which remains the property of Duke University upon termination
  • Adherence to University standards regarding use of isotopes, chemicals, infectious agents, animals, human subjects, and the like
  • Open and timely discussion with the mentor regarding all facets of the Postdoctoral Appointee's research activities. Postdoctoral Appointees are encouraged to consult the AAMC Compact Between Postdoctoral Appointees and Their Mentors for suggested guidelines for the Postdoctoral Appointee-mentor relationship
  • Prompt disclosure to the mentor regarding the possession and desire to distribute materials, reagents, software, copyrightable and potentially patentable discoveries derived from the Postdoctoral Appointee's research.
  • Collegial conduct towards members of the research group and others as described in the Duke University School of Medicine Honor Code of Professional Conduct and other relevant conduct policies pertaining to other schools at Duke University.
  • Compliance with all applicable University and departmental policies and procedures

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Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

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Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

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