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Postdoctoral Scientist - Neuroethology and Optics

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Posting Number: 0000943
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Department Bell Center
Position Type: Research
Position Title: Postdoctoral Scientist - Neuroethology and Optics
Position Summary:

A position for a postdoctoral scientist is available in the Hanlon laboratory of the Bell Center. This post-doc will conduct research on the neurophysiology and biophotonics of skin elements that produce rapid adaptive coloration for camouflage and communication in cephalopods. The focus of this position will be on the dynamic physiological, physical and optical properties of chromatophores and 3D skin papillae and the neural regulation of dynamic body patterns and textures by the brain. The research integrates electrophysiology and quantitative modeling.

We are searching for an applicant having expertise in microsurgery, electrophysiology and quantitative biology. Experience in programming, image analysis, and modeling of time varying systems is also desirable.

Additional Information:

The postdoc will be expected to carry out experiments on cephalopods, analyze the data using spectrographic, imaging, and computational techniques, and also model the dynamic skin properties in computer simulations.

The candidate will interact closely with: (i) the team at MBL (the PI, technicians and faculty collaborators); (ii) the summer neurobiology community at MBL; and (iii) collaborators at the University of Chicago and University of Cambridge.

This position is for two (2) years.

Basic Qualifications:

Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in biological sciences or a closely related field such as biophysics. Previous experience in neurophysiology and knowledge of sensory biology is necessary. Good computational and modeling skills are required for this position. Knowledge of microscopy (light and electron microscopy, confocal microscopy) and basic cell biology are also desirable components of a successful candidate’s skill set.

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To apply, please submit:
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(2) Curriculum vitae.

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