The Biosensing and Biorobotics Laboratory at the University of Minnesota is seeking post-doctoral researchers to join our research team. Positions are funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and McKnight Foundation.
Our laboratory is focused on developing and applying multi-scale neural recording platforms for large-scale brain recordings from 10’s of thousands of neurons during free, naturalistic behaviors. Over the last few years, we have engineering a suite of neurotechnologies including automated platforms for cranial microsurgeries [1-2], technologies for large-scale imaging for much of the dorsal cortex  and miniaturized instrumentation for large-scale neural imaging in freely behaving mice .
Current and future focus in the lab is on pushing these robotic, electrophysiological and imaging technologies to further enhance the spatio-temporal precision of neural recordings. Within our lab and in collaboration with partner labs, we are also applying these neurotechnologies to study large scale neural dynamics mediating complex cognitive behaviors such as spatial navigation.
We are welcoming applications from candidates interested in pursuing projects based on their own ideas and expertise or within existing lines of work in the lab in either of the above areas. Candidates will be working with a highly interdisciplinary research team with backgrounds and expertise in neuroscience, neural-engineering, optics, physics, materials science, robotics, computer vision, machine learning, biochemistry and genetics.
*Duties/responsibilities -performing high level experimental, theoretical, and numerical research and data analysis (55%) -presentation publication, and proposal preparation (20%) -mentoring PhD and MSME students (10%) -laboratory organization and management (10%) -other duties as assigned (5%)
In this position you will be expected to perform high level experimental, theoretical, and/or numerical research. Your primary research project will focus on studying large scale brain dynamics during complex cognitive behaviors, but you will have some latitude to study a variety of scientific topics chosen through mutual agreement and within the constraints of available funding.
In this context, you might be expected to generate new research ideas and lead development of new research proposals.
In this position, you will collaborate with several highly interdisciplinary teams within the University of Minnesota and partner universities. Such collaborations may also extend to leading the communication with industrial partners through regular progress reports and supporting technology transfer processes where applicable.
You will be expected to author, co-author, and otherwise collaborate on preparing publications for peer review describing research results, assisting with the preparation of progress reports as required by funding agencies, preparation of presentations for conferences, attendance at grant review meetings, and assisting with proposal preparation. You will also be expected to participate in preparation and presentation of data to study investigators.
As a post-doctoral associate, you will be encouraged to serve as a leader on your research team by mentoring graduate students, undergraduate students, and/or lab technician research team members. This may include advice on technical questions, data analysis, discussions on the development of research plans, preparation of manuscripts and reports, participating in the application / execution of established techniques to other projects, and helping them to develop and pursue their own independent research as a co-author.
You might be acting lead on research projects and expected to effectively coordinate research activities within the project team, communicate project needs, and provide regular updates on project progress to the lab group and Principle Investigator.
You will have joint responsibility for the organization and management of laboratories under the faculty mentor's supervision ensuring all lab members follow all safety protocols, properly recording data from experimental and numerical research and promptly backing up all data.
While in this position you might also have the opportunity to teach courses offered in our department. These duties would be to prepare and deliver lectures, prepare homework assignments, quizzes and exams, hold office hours, assess student work, supervise the teaching assistants and manage the administration of the course.
Other duties as assigned.
*Required qualifications Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering or a closely related field (e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Neuroscience, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Material Science, Mathematics, Physics)
*Preferred qualifications include experience in one or more of the following domains: -Behavioral neuroscience -Neural device, imaging windows implantation, virus injection surgeries in mice/rats -In vivo, in vitro calcium imaging (miniscopes, fiber photometry) -In vivo, in vitro electrophysiology -Analyzing neural and behavioral data -Computational modeling -Matlab, Python and R programming
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