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Circuitry Underlying the Bidirectional Relationship Between Sleep and Epilepsy
The Pedersen Epilepsy and Systems Neuroscience Lab at Emory University is looking for a creative, productive, and motivated postdoctoral fellow to join a funded project examining the phenomenology and circuit basis of interactions between sleep-wake and seizures/epilepsy that will include expansion of observations from animal models to a large trove of scalp and intracranial human EEG data.
This work will afford training in sleep-wake neurobiology, epilepsy and translational basic neuroscience. Tools used for this project will include EEG, field potential recording, histology, sleep-wake and seizure scoring, use of machine/deep learning classifiers, complex mouse surgery, data handling, chemogenetics, with later expansion to unit recording and fiber photometry. While all techniques are established in our laboratory, familiarity with some of the above methods is required. Experience with linux and python is also desirable. Personal qualities that are especially welcome are an orientation toward collaboration and team work, enthusiasm for neuroscience, curiosity, and scientific rigor.
Successful candidates will enjoy a non-hierarchical, creative and dynamic laboratory environment with weekly multi-lab lab meetings/journal club as well as departmental and excellent graduate program seminar series. First-author publications are required, as well as interest in applications for competitive postdoctoral fellowships. We especially welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Helps design and conduct research within a specified field while receiving advanced training from a designated Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a career. The specific area of research in which the trainee is mentored is determined by the department and laboratory of the Postdoc. Designs and evaluates experiments. Develops new ideas that promote current research. Prepares and publishes scientific manuscripts under the direction of the Principal Investigator. May be responsible for operation of specific equipment. May teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory and funds are available. Appointments cannot exceed five years.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D., M.D., ScD., D.V.M., DDS etc) in an appropriate field. Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Additional qualifications as specified by the Principal Investigator.
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