Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Translational NeuroEngineering Laboratory at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis campus) has a privately funded opening for a Researcher 5 in the areas of psychiatric brain stimulation and brain circuit mapping. The overall goal of the project is investigation of the mechanisms of action of electrical and other brain stimulation methods, particularly as they affect cortico-striatal decision-making circuits.
You will be responsible for: 40% Conducting behavioral experiments involving learning, memory, attention, and cognitive control in awake, behaving rodents 30% Using optogenetic, electrical, and pharmacologic manipulations to alter behavior and brain function. 30% Leading a small team of junior researchers to include training, work assignment and oversight
This includes digital and analog electronics/programming work, design and conduct of electrophysiologic and optogenetic experiments, and small animal training/care/surgery.
The work will at times involve transportation of bulky or heavy objects on carts, standing or sitting for extended periods, performance of fine motor tasks under visual guidance, and complex technical communication in the English language. Training is available in most of the technical aspects.
You will be working in a rich and vibrant neuroscience community. There are opportunities for collaboration and networking with clinicians, human-oriented basic scientists, and engineers. If desired, there are opportunities to meet and work with patients who are undergoing brain stimulation for severe mental illness.
You must have:
• An advanced degree in a relevant field with one or more years of research training. "Relevant" includes engineering, neuroscience, psychology, physics, computer science, or robotics. This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable fields.
• Strong prior experience in neuroscience, with demonstrated command of the current literature regarding decision-making.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Much of our work requires explaining complex technical concepts to non-domain-experts.
• Evidence of substantial capability for independent work, problem-solving, and initiative-taking. This will be directly solicited from references.
• Interpersonal skills appropriate for collaboration in a very multidisciplinary and highly diverse environment.
We will give your application priority if you have:
• A doctoral degree
• Prior experimental work in animal or human neuroscience
• Prior work with psychiatric patient populations or the biological mechanisms of mental illness
• Skills in electronics modification and/or biomedical electrode fabrication
• Experience in or familiarity with optogenetic or pharmacogenetic techniques (or related cell-specific manipulations).
Internal Number: 337501
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