An NIH-funded postdoctoral position investigating the cortical mechanisms underlying complex sound perception, and developing novel techniques for probing the role of cortical circuit elements in perception, is available immediately. Our research focuses on the mechanisms by which auditory cortex extracts meaningful sounds from noisy environments and constructs behaviorally useful representations of these sounds. Our lab uses electrophysiological, computational, behavioral, and optogenetic approaches in an animal model, and is interested in developing imaging methods.
Applicants must have a PhD in Neuroscience or a relevant field and must be eligible for employment in the US. Ideal candidates will exhibit strong scientific curiosity, be highly motivated, possess a strong work ethic, and have experience with at least one of the following skills: in-vivo electrophysiology, in-vivo optogenetics, computational neuroscience. Other desirable skills include data analysis and programming, experience with behavioral methods, and scientific writing and communication.
Our laboratory is embedded in a group of labs with a focus on auditory neuroscience in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh. We regularly interact with the growing auditory community at both Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University (CNUP and CNBC). Postdocs can thus interact with numerous labs sharing similar research interests, and participate in varied neuroscience seminars.
The University of Pittsburgh was recently ranked third in terms of total NIH funding received in 2018. In 2018, Pittsburgh was ranked the second most livable city in America, according to The Global Liveability Index 2018 (The Economist).
Interested candidates should email a brief statement of research interests and career goals, and a CV to Dr. Srivatsun Sadagopan (vatsun AT pitt DOT edu).
The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.
Internal Number: NJ001
About University of Pittsburgh - Auditory research in Neurobiology
We are an interactive and collaborative group of three laboratories studying the structure, function, and plasticity of auditory circuits in health and disease. We investigate auditory circuits at multiple levels using state-of-the-art anatomical, physiological, imaging, and behavioral techniques.