Job no: 509749
Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Psychology and Brain Sci
Union: Post Doc
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Natural Sciences
About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.
Perform research as determined mutually by position occupant and professorial supervisor, conducting research related to prefrontal cortex control of action decisions using circuit-level techniques in behaving rats. This work will involve collaboration with the lab of Dr. Ethan Meyers at Yale University/Hampshire College to develop and apply new ensemble decoding techniques to understand the relationship between neural signals and behavior. The appointee will be expected to engage in collaborative and independent research on these topics. S/He will interact with faculty, graduate students, and other postdoctoral fellows in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, audit courses, and attend seminars.
Examples of duties:
- Recording and analyzing neural ensemble activity in prefrontal cortex using Neuropixels.
- Work in collaboration with the Meyers lab to analyze neurophysiological data.
- To be engaged in all aspects of planning and carrying out research, including designing experiments, collecting data, analyzing data and helping to write up results for publication.
- Write reports and/or papers on completed research in cooperation with professorial supervisor.
- Maintain literature awareness of research area.
- Present research results orally to professional groups.
- Participate in group and divisional seminars in field(s) of study and in Department Colloquia.
- Interact collegially with others in the laboratory, the Department, and elsewhere at the University.
- Collaborate with professorial supervisor in the preparation of research proposals.
- Maintain laboratory and apparatus as applicable in the best possible order; look up catalog numbers and costs of needed research items.
- Oversee undergraduates volunteering time in the lab.
- Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. In the performance of work, take initiative, be creative, and operate with self-direction.
- Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
- Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
- A doctorate or MD in neuroscience or a related discipline.
- Experience in in vivo electrophysiology and/or analysis of neural data is preferred.
- Working knowledge and expertise in Rodent behavior, stereotaxic surgery, optogenetics/chemogenetics, cellular (Ca2+ or voltage) imaging, coding (Python, Matlab, R, etc.), or basic electronics/engineering skills.
- Manual dexterity and laboratory skills consistent with the research being performed.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to do library research.
- Use of computers in research.
- Initiative, drive, and scientific creativity.
- Ability to communicate ideas to others.
Monday - Friday, flexible, 40 hours a week (100% FTE).
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Apply by September 15, 2021 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.
As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. (https://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion)
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.
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