Optoelectric Neural Interface Cybernetics Lab within the Department of
Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a post-doctoral associate.
The position is funded through an active grant from the NIH to conduct leading-edge
research at the frontier of neuroscience and neurobiology by developing and
using novel engineered technologies and tools to disentangle long-standing
basic neurobiology questions at the interface of neuroscience and engineering. Our
goal is to elucidate pathways involved in neurodegeneration and brain injuries
as well as the basic biology of neuro-glial-vascular coupling and functional
neurostimulation, and then utilizing neurotechnologies to attenuate
degeneration and enhance brain function.
Applicants should hold a PhD
in a related field including but not limited to Biomedical Engineering,
Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Molecular/Cellular Biology, Biochemistry,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical
Engineering, Physics, Optics, Material Science, and Mathematics. Animal surgery
experience is preferred. The candidate should have a strong research background
in neural engineering, in vivo electrophysiology,
or in vivo two-photon
microscopy. Expertise with in vivo two photon imaging, viral
transduction in rodent brain, image processing (e.g. GCaMP) and head-fixed
visual cortex experiments (V1) are desired. Experiences with biomaterial
fabrication, electrochemistry, material characterization, neural tissue histology,
functional/evoked electrophysiology/imaging, functional electrical stimulation,
and advanced biological imaging (two-photon and confocal microscopy) are seen
as advantages. Successful candidate will work on the chronic neural interface
with special focus on implant-tissue interaction. He/she will be working with
an interdisciplinary team of neural engineers, neuroscientists, neurosurgeon,
biologists, and material scientists. The appointment is intended to be 2 years
and may be renewable depending on availability of funds.
To apply, please send a cover
letter and curriculum vitae (CV) as a single pdf document to Takashi Kozai (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Department of Bioengineering is
strongly committed to a diverse academic environment and places high priority
on attracting female and underrepresented minority candidates. We strongly encourage candidates from these
groups to apply for the position.
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