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Senior Fellow - Neuroscience

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School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Biological Structure

Title: Senior Fellow - Neuroscience

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Position Description

A full-time, 12-month, annually-renewed, post-doctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Nick Steinmetz (Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Structure) to study the large-scale coordination of neural activity and its relationship to behavior. The goal of this project is to apply novel brain-wide recording techniques with Neuropixels electrodes in combination with optogenetic techniques to elucidate mechanisms of information flow and inter-area coordination as they relate to visually-guided behaviors. The project will involve performing experiments on mice in vivo and analyzing datasets collected. The project may involve development of methods to use novel Neuropixels 2.0 recording devices.

The Steinmetz Lab is a new lab, so this position offers opportunities for gaining experience building techniques from the ground up and for creative development of the scientific direction. As a lab, our mission is to perform rigorous science that advances the state of knowledge in systems neuroscience, while training individuals to meet their future career goals, be they in academia or elsewhere. If you like asking hard questions, making things work, and pursuing creative ideas with state-of-the-art tools then this lab may be for you.

Anticipated start date is March 1, 2019


Candidates should be highly motivated and have a PhD in neuroscience, engineering, data science, physics, math, or related fields.

Prior experience with neurophysiology and advanced data analysis are desirable. More specifically, prior experience is desirable in: electrophysiology, optogenetics, and imaging in mice as well as related data analytical methods; surgical and behavioral procedures in mice; statistical data modeling. Training on relevant methods is available where necessary.

We are committed to making neuroscience a more open and inclusive field, so we encourage applications from individuals with unconventional backgrounds or from underrepresented groups.


Please submit a CV, a short statement of your interests and goals, and contact information for three people who are familiar with your scientific aptitude or other relevant characteristics, to:

Nicholas Steinmetz, PhD

University of Washington, Biological Structure


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