Postdoctoral research associate

A postdoctoral research associate position is available at UCL to work on a project entitled “Network-level representations of multiple talkers in the normal and impaired auditory system”.

The project is supervised by Dr. Nicholas Lesica and is focused on characterizing the neural mechanisms that facilitate ‘cocktail party’ listening by creating separate auditory information streams for relevant sounds and background distractors. The project will examine the representation of multiple talkers at the network level (i.e. in populations of hundreds of individual neurons) to determine which of its features are critical for perception and how these features are distorted by hearing loss and the plasticity that it induces.

The project will involve a combination of state-of-the-art experimental approaches including large-scale acute electrophysiology (i.e. recordings with >1000 electrodes) and wireless chronic electrophysiology in freely-moving subjects. These electrophysiological approaches will be combined with detailed anatomical and functional assessment of the auditory periphery in order to determine how specific patterns of cochlear pathology distort the central neural representation of multiple talkers on a subject-by-subject basis. The experimental work on the project will be complemented by computational modelling performed in conjunction with our collaborators in the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit.

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