The laboratories of Rick Born in the Dept. of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, and Ralf Haefner in the Dept. of Brain & Cognitive Science at University of Rochester, are seeking applications for two NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowships to study the role of top-down connections in conveying learned priors within a theoretical framework of perception as probabilistic inference. Specific projects will address the neural bases of multi-tasking and confirmation bias. Experimental techniques include population recordings from area V1 with and without cortical feedback inactivated by cooling V2/3. Data analysis techniques include applying latent-state inference methods. Theoretical work will involve generating empirically testable predictions using sampling-based and variational techniques applied to probabilistic models.
The successful candidates will interact extensively with each other, both PIs and their labs. Please visit the lab web sites (Born Lab & Haefner Lab) to obtain more information on current interests and electronic versions of recent research papers. Preliminary results from a closely related project on learning can be found here.
The ideal candidate for the experimental position will have experience in one or more of the following areas: training nonhuman primates, extracellular electrophysiology, reversible inactivation of cortex, MATLAB programming. Candidates with a computational neuroscience background and an interest in visual processing will also be considered.
Candidates for the theoretical position should have strong quantitative and programming skills, ideally (but not necessarily) with experience in computational neuroscience and probabilistic modeling.
Salary will be commensurate with experience according to the current NIH scale. Please send curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, up to three reprints, and a minimum of two letters of recommendation to either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvard Medical School and University of Rochester are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers. Applications from minorities and women are especially encouraged.
Internal Number: 010203
About Harvard Medical School
Richard T. Born, M.D., is a Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School and former (2009-2014) Director of the Harvard PhD Program in Neuroscience. He was raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and attended DePauw University where he received a B.A. in Chemistry in 1983. He attended Harvard Medical School (HMS), where he discovered the joys of visual neurophysiology working with Professors David Hubel and Margaret Livingstone. After receiving the M.D. degree in 1988, he continued on as a postdoctoral fellow in the Hubel/Livingstone lab, undertook a second postdoc with William Newsome at Stanford and then returned to HMS in 1995 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology. He has remained at HMS ever since with the exception of a year-long sabbatical in 2005 at the CNRS in Toulouse, France. He became a Full Professor in 2006 and Director of the PhD Program in Neuroscience in 2009. His scientific work has been recognized with Fellowships from the Klingenstein, Whitehall, Kirsch and Lefler Foundations and the Jesse L. Sigelman Award for Innovation and Excellence. In 2014 he received the Harvard Division of Medical Sciences Award for Exceptional Leadership in... Graduate Education. His laboratory studies cortical visual processing in nonhuman primates, with a particular focus on the computational role of cortico-cortical feedback.