Exploring the neural basis of multisensory control of head direction activity and visual updating
We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow for a fully-funded, two year position starting in spring 2019 to work in the team of Desdemona Fricker (PhD) at the Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition Center (Spatial Orientation Team, CNRS UMR 8002, Université Paris Descartes, 45 rue des Saints-Pères, Paris, France). The successful candidate will be involved in a multifaceted project on spatial orientation, dedicated to studying the head direction network.
In particular, the presubiculum is crucial for head direction coding and the integration of sensory signals of vestibular and visual origin. But the roles of specific subpopulations of neurons and their firing patterns remain largely unknown. Our work focuses on the function of the presubicular network for the visual anchoring of the head direction signal. Results will advance our understanding of multisensory integration and the role of burst firing for coordinated head direction signaling in rodents.
Applicants should hold a PhD in or related to neuroscience (or about to submit). The ideal candidate has practical skills for in vivo experimental work, a background in neurophysiology, and a desire to understand the principles underlying the functioning of the nervous system.
She/he will use controlled vestibular and visual stimulation, multi-unit electrophysiological recordings in the awake animal combined with the manipulation of subpopulations of neurons in the presubiculum. Other techniques used in the lab, including behavioral (eye movements) and anatomical analysis as well as slice recordings, may complement this approach as needed. Programming skills for electrophysiological data analysis are required.
For applications we request:
(i) a cover letter including a statement of motivation,
(ii) a curriculum vitae,
(iii) the names and addresses, including emails, of three academic references.
For informal enquiries please contact Desdemona Fricker at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application process will be via a dedicated CNRS website. Starting date is flexible from summer 2019. The position is funded by a collaborative ANR-DFG grant with the laboratory of Pr. Michael Brecht in Berlin.