POST-DOC POSITION IN NEURAL CIRCUITS OF MOTOR DECISION-MAKING
Regulation of decision-making and motor control by the basal ganglia: role of urgency
Principal investigator: David Thura, Inserm CRCN
The candidate will contribute to a project on Neural circuits of motor decision-making funded by an ATIP/Avenir grant. By using a multidisciplinary approach that combines electrophysiology in awake monkey, neural manipulation during behavior and computational modeling, the candidate will investigate several areas of the cortico-basal ganglia circuit during dynamic decision between actions. Especially, the program aims at revealing how those areas altogether contribute to the construction of the urgency signal allowing one to appropriately make decisions under uncertainty and express these choices through overt movements.
I am seeking candidatures of motivated, independent and enthusiastic individuals, with background in neuroscience and/or neuro-engineering. PhD in neuroscience, biology or related fields is required. Experience in monkey behavior/electrophysiology is not mandatory but preferable. Experience in programming languages for data analysis and computational modeling (e.g. Matlab) is appreciated as well.
The main responsibilities of the candidate will include:
- Training monkeys (Macaca mulatta) in behavioral tasks (decision-making, voluntary movements);
- Programming the behavioral tasks and software for data analysis;
- Recording of neuronal activities (single-unit and LFP recordings) and movement trajectories;
- The analysis and interpretation of the results (behavior, neuronal activity, etc.);
- Preparing scientific papers and presentations for scientific conferences.
Anticipated starting date is September 2019 – Funding is provided for 2 years (possibility of extension) and salary depends on experience (Inserm salary index).
Under my supervision, the candidate will work in the “ImpAct” team of the Lyon Neuroscience Research Center (CRNL) located in Bron, next to the city of Lyon (France). The CRNL integrates the multidisciplinary expertise of 380 members for a synergic approach of brain organization, cognitive functions and mental state, and the related-brain disorders. The ImpAct team has a full access to the various technical facilities of the Center, including a state-of-the-art animal facility for monkey electrophysiology and neuroimaging.
For more details about the project and position please contact David Thura: firstname.lastname@example.org – and/or check www.davidthura.com
Candidates should send:
- a CV (including peer-reviewed publications);
- a motivation letter;
- contacts of two references.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.