position in neurophysiology of visuo-motor control
To study synaptic interactions between identified neurons in various visuo-motor coordination pathways during movements to visual targets in cats. The specific question being currently addressed is how cortex, thalamus, and cerebellum interact to ensure the precise positioning of feet during walking. The activity of single identified neurons and neuronal pairs in cerebellum, thalamus, and cortex will be analyzed in relation to visual stimuli, mechanics of movements, local
pharmacological manipulations (microinjections or iontophoresis of synaptically
active compounds), and optogenetic manipulations.
The successful candidate will have publications
in peer-reviewed journals and a lucky hand at experimentation. Other
requirements include: a doctoral degree (MD or PhD), good writing skills, and
experience with computer programming & data analysis. Familiarity with
electrophysiology and animal training will be great assets. The candidate
should plan to conduct experiments with only limited help from technical
personnel, and to produce data and a good draft for at least one publication
will be commensurate with experience; thereafter it will be based on
productivity. A generous benefits package is offered in addition, including
medical, dental, vision, and retirement (with a value equal to 24.7% of the
salary). The Barrow Neurological Institute is a TOP 10 rated clinical
neuroscience institute (US News and World Report), and is located in Phoenix,
the 5th largest metropolitan area in the US, which is surrounded by the
beautiful Sonoran Desert - a paradise for outdoors lovers.
detailed summary of previous work and research interests, and names of three
references to: Irina Beloozerova, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ,
85013; Irina.Beloozerova@thebni.org. Applications are reviewed continuously until the
position is filled.