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Using Physiological, Behavioral, Computational and Genetic Tools to Study How Visual Stimuli Acquire Emotional ValencePosted by: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Posted date: 2018-Dec-07
Postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Barry J. Richmond (Section on Neural Coding and Computation, NIMH Intramural Program, NIH, Bethesda, MD) to study the brain mechanisms underlying how visual stimuli are used to predict the outcomes of cognitive reward-seeking during decision-making in old world monkeys. The multidisciplinary approach pushes technical bounds in systems neuroscience, with large scale electrode array recording while manipulating behavior under the influence of modern viral genetic (chemo- and optogenetic) tools to test hypotheses about neural mechanisms underlying reward-seeking. The data are used to develop and fit appropriate computational models coming from network theory, point process methods and reinforcement learning. The Section on Neural Coding and Computation has a long, distinguished history in studying neural coding and reward related behaviors. The Section is now also one of the leading groups developing and applying modern genetic tools in old world monkeys. The work will be carried out within the collaborative research environment at the NIH and will benefit from the rich infrastructure and vibrant neuroscience community of the NIH intramural program.Qualifications:
All candidates must have an M.D. and/or Ph.D., and a clear interest in studying basic questions in integrative systems neuroscience with old world monkeys. Good writing and oral communication skills are essential. The work requires strong self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team-oriented environment.To Apply:
Applicants should submit a letter (email) of interest outlining experience and research goals, as well as a CV and the names of three references to:
Barry J. Richmond, M.D.
NIH and DHHS are Equal Opportunity Employers. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.