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Research Associate (Postdoctoral) - UW ECE Orsborn Laboratory

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School / Campus / College: College of Engineering

Organization: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Title: Research Associate (Postdoctoral) - UW ECE Orsborn Laboratory

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Position Description

The laboratory of Dr. Amy Orsborn at the University of Washington is recruiting one or more postdoctoral research fellows to study neural mechanisms of motor skill learning and develop next-generation brain-machine interfaces. The laboratory works at the intersection of engineering and neuroscience to develop therapies for neurological movement disorders. The laboratory specializes in studying neural interfaces as adaptive closed-loop systems that engage neural plasticity and adaptation. The lab explores engineering approaches to leverage neural adaptation for system performance, and uses neural interfaces as a tool to study neural mechanisms of learning at the systems level. The postdoctoral researcher will use state of the art techniques in systems neuroscience for studying neural circuits—optogenetics, multi-scale, multi-modal neural measurements/manipulations, large-scale recordings, wireless in-cage recordings, closed-loop adaptive interfaces—to study motor learning and develop novel brain-machine interfaces for motor control in non-human primates. Candidates will be heavily involved with all aspects of research, from conceptualization through publication, and will have opportunities to mentor undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students. Salary will follow or exceed NIH guidelines commensurate with training and experience.

Dr. Orsborn joined the University of Washington in the fall of 2018 as the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Bioengineering. Her lab is part of the Washington National Primate Research Center, the Center for Neurotechnology, the University of Washington Institute of Neuroengineering, and the Computational Neuroscience Center. The candidate will benefit from the vibrant multi-disciplinary community of neuroscientists, engineers, data scientists, mathematicians, and clinicians at UW.

The position is funded for at least 1 yr and is open immediately.


Required Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in bioengineering, electrical engineering, neuroscience, or a related field. Experience with computer programming (Matlab, C, and/or Python), animal behavioral training, and experimental neurophysiology is preferred. Candidates with strong experience in computational domains but limited experimental experience (who are motivated to collaborate with experimentalists and learn techniques) will also be considered.


Interested applicants should submit a description of research experience and interests, a curriculum vittae (CV) and contact information for two or more references.  For further information or questions related to the position, please contact Dr. Amy Orsborn at aorsborn [at] uw [dot] edu.

Those interested in the position who are also attending the Society for Neuroscience 2018 should contact Dr. Orsborn to schedule an informational interview during the conference.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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