Title:  Postdoctoral Associate

Division:  Neuroscience
Schedule:  Monday - Friday; 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Work Location:  Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $50,004-$60,000
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  1221

The laboratory of Dr. Matthew McGinley in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral research position. The McGinley lab studies the neural circuit basis of learning and performance of sensory-guided behavioral tasks. The goal of the postdoctoral fellow for this position is to use in vivo electrophysiology and multi-photon imaging to understand the interactions of auditory cortex with other brain areas - such as neuromodulatory centers, frontal cortex, and hippocampus - during sensory-guided behavior. For example, one project will assess how neuromodulatory responses, as measured through imaging of ACh/NE axons in auditory cortex, shape the neural coding of sounds, as measured with electrophysiological approaches. There are opportunities to work on one or more of several behaviors, including a value-based attention task, a foraging task, and/or an auditory virtual navigation task. In addition there will be space to develop own ideas and gain grant writing experience in a stimulating and supportive environment.

Job Purpose

The ideal applicant should have extensive experience with in vivo electrophysiology and/or functional imaging in awake behaving rodents. Expertise with patch-clamp physiology, especially in vivo, is also desirable. The postdoc will work closely within an exciting collaborative team that combines numerous cutting edge techniques, including: high-throughput head-fixed behavior, in vivo physiology (multiphoton imaging, whole-cell recording, high channel-count array recording, and optogenetics), computational approaches, biosensor device development, and diverse molecular genetic tools. We seek to understand the neural circuit basis of sensory-guided behavior.

Job Responsibilities
  • Plans, directs and conducts specialized and advanced research experiments.
  • Evaluates and analyzes data.
  • May establish new research protocols and procedures.
  • Summarizes research findings and publish results in research journals.
  • May be responsible for laboratory operations.
  • May supervise research staff.
Minimum Qualifications

Education: PhD in Neuroscience or a related discipline 

Experience: The ideal applicant should have extensive experience with in vivo physiology and/or patch-clamp techniques

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred: Preference will be given to applicants with published or accepted high-quality papers in peer-reviewed journals.


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