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Location: US-OR-Beaverton Req ID: 2020-6425 Position Category: Postdoctoral Position Type: Regular Full-Time Job Type: Postdoctoral Department: Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) Salary Range: NIH Scale Schedule: Monday-Friday, but is flexible for initiation and completion of experiments. Night, weekend and holiday work may be required Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm HR Mission: Research
The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) is located 12 miles west of the OHSU main campus, and sits on 162 acres of land featuring forested areas, research and administration buildings, indoor and outdoor animal housing, a pond, and 2-mile perimeter walking path. Our mission is to improve human health and the quality of life through the support of nonhuman primate research programs that advance our knowledge of the causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of debilitating diseases.
Function/Duties of Position
A full-time Postdoctoral Researcher position is available at the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Beaverton, OR in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Friedman, Ph.D. The laboratory seeks a postdoctoral candidate interested in understanding cortical processes at the columnar level in monkeys performing visual cognitive tasks as well as monkeys behaving in more natural settings. We have developed wireless technology where we chamber mount a miniature camera for wide field intrinsic optical imaging, place wireless LEDs for optogenetic stimulation, and record electrophysiologically. This approach has the potential to reveal at the mesoscale the functional circuitry both within and between cortical areas, and will have relevance for the development of targeted, column-specific (cf. Chernov et al PNAS 2018) brain-machine interfaces.
The successful candidate will work with primates in a collaborative environment, collect and analyze data, prepare manuscripts for publication, and present at regional and national conferences. Applicants must hold a PhD in Neuroscience, Bioengineering, Psychology, or a closely related discipline and have a strong background in systems neuroscience. The ability to work in a team environment is essential, as are strong quantitative and programming skills (e.g. Matlab, Python, psychopy). Prior experience working with non-human primates and in the collection and analysis of neurophysiological spike train data is strongly preferred. Background in MRI is a plus. When applying interested candidates should submit a CV and or Biosketch, names of 3 references, and a statement of research interests. Salary will follow NIH guidelines and be commensurate with experience.
Ph.D in Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, or other related scientific field
Experience in conducting animal behavioral studies in a laboratory setting
Experience in the collection and analysis of single unit neurophysiological data
Experience in submitting and the acceptance of first author scientific papers
Ability to work independently and prioritize work demands
Good interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively in a team
Strong quantitative and programming skills (e.g. Matlab, Python, Psychopy)
Excellent organizational and communication (written and oral) skills
Working knowledge of computer software for data storage and analyses, graphics and presentations
Work performed in the laboratory setting involves possible risk from exposure to nonhuman primate biohazards
Ability to lift or move equipment and devices up to 50 lbs
Ability to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation
Experience in nonhuman primate behavior
Experience with optogenetics, fMRI, neuroanatomical or other sensory systems scientific approaches
Skilled in animal surgery
Ability to present at scientific meetings (oral and poster)
Ability to apply for grants
Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter, CV/resume and references.