Postdoctoral research associate
A postdoctoral research associate position is available at the UCL Ear Institute to work on a project entitled “Neural circuits for selective auditory filtering”. The project is supervised by Dr. Nicholas Lesica and will be performed in close collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Linden and members of the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit. The position is funded for one year in the first instance, further funding to support the post maybe available.
The project is focused on characterizing the neural circuitry that facilitates ‘cocktail party’ listening by selectively filtering auditory inputs to enhance neural responses to relevant sounds while suppressing responses to background distractors. In particular, the project will examine the interactions between the auditory cortex (AC) and two thalamic structures: the medial geniculate body (MGB) and the thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN). The post holder will design and implement experiments to recording and/or manipulating neural activity during behavior, and will be responsible for analysis and interpretation of the data and preparation of the results for publication.
The applicant should hold a PhD in neuroscience or a quantitative discipline (e.g. engineering, physics, math) and have experience in building experimental setups and computer programming. Past experimental work on a sensory system and experience with recording and analysis of neurophysiological data is desirable.
A summary of the project can be viewed here.
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