Are you an energetic, talented, friendly, enthusiastic and creative researcher who has recently completed or are about to complete your PhD? Do you have experience in systems or molecular neuroscience methods? And/or do you have excellent quantitative skills and are proficient or willing to learn scientific programming, such as Matlab or python? Are you looking to deepen our understanding of neuronal populations in the brain contributed to sensory perception and learning at the level of micro-circuits composed of distinct neuronal subtypes? Or are you curious about the mechanisms of auditory cognition and behavior? Or looking to build sophisticated computational models grounded in state-of-the-art data?
If so, our laboratory might be just the right choice for you! We will work with you to design a research project, which would take the greatest advantage of your specific skill set and interests, while learning new techniques, leading you to fundamental discoveries in systems neuroscience. We are currently pursuing several research directions — you can read about them on our website http://www.med.upenn.edu/hearing . Projects underway in the laboratory include: investigating intra-cortical and subcortical circuits supporting auditory adaptation to statistical regularities of sounds; identifying neuronal circuits for hearing in the presence of noise and in complex acoustic environments; unraveling neuronal circuits controlling learning-driven changes in auditory perception. We use state-of-the-art experimental techniques for investigating population neuronal activity, including two-photon imaging of Calcium activity in behaving, head-fixed rodents, large-scale electrophysiological chronic and acute recordings, optogenetic, pharmacological and behavioral techniques. We are a creative, productive and collaborative group, and you will have many opportunities to present and discuss you research with members of our and other laboratories across the Penn campus and beyond. We are part of the Computational neuroscience initiative (https://cni.upenn.edu/), an interdisciplinary group of laboratories focusing on systems neuroscience and the Mahoney Institute of Neurosciences (http://www.med.upenn.edu/ins/), which includes over a hundred of neuroscience laboratories at Penn. These centers offer many resources and sponsor interdepartmental seminars, retreats and chalk talk series. To apply, please send a CV along with a cover letter briefly summarizing your research interests and pdfs of recent publications to firstname.lastname@example.org .