Franklin & Marshall College: Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Modeling of Aging Cortical Networks
Franklin & Marshall College, founded in 1787, is a selective, private liberal arts college known for academic rigor, opportunities for faculty-student research and its commitment to helping each student reach his or her full potential. The College enrolls more than 2,400 undergraduate students from throughout the U.S. and around the world.
A postdoctoral research fellowship in computational neuroscience is available immediately, working with Christina Weaver (Department of Mathematics). The postdoctoral fellow will be a vital member of the interdisciplinary research team led jointly by Dr. Weaver, Dr. Jennifer Luebke (Dept of Anatomy & Physiology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA), and Dr. Patrick Hof (Dept. of Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY). The research will explore structural and functional abnormalities of cortical neurons in middle-aged rhesus monkeys, and the extent to which intervention with a powerful antioxidant affects age-related dysfunction. The new postdoctoral fellow will build computational models of small cortical networks, constrained by our recent computational results and empirical studies in the Luebke and Hof laboratories. Our joint publications include: Amatrudo et al., J. Neurosci.(2012), PMID 23035077; Luebke et al., Cerebral Cortex (2015), PMID 24323499 and Rumbell et al., J. Comut. Neuro.(2016), PMID 27106692. The postdoc will travel occasionally to Boston and/or New York City as part of this collaboration.
Applicants should have a strong background or interest in computational neuroscience and have a keen interest in interdisciplinary approaches that integrate modeling, imaging, and physiological experiments in neuroscience research. Initial appointment for this position is for one year, and may be extended contingent upon funding. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Applicants should attach the following:
- A cover letter,
- A current CV,
- A brief statement of current and future research interests,
- The contact information of three references. References may be contacted any time after receipt of your application.
The fellow will have funds to support conference travel, professional development, and full access to campus services including F&M’s Faculty Center. Full-time members of the Franklin & Marshall College professional staff receive competitive starting pay and a comprehensive benefits package that includes health coverage, dental, vision, education benefits for employees, spouses, and dependent children.
- PhD or equivalent in computational neuroscience, applied mathematics, or a related field from an accredited institution is required.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
- Experience with differential equations-based mathematical models or automated parameter optimization is required.
- Experience with conductance-based modeling of single neurons, or small networks, and/or NEURON compartmental modeling software is preferred.
- The ability and willingness to provide excellent service and to work in a collegial manner with students, faculty and staff, and other constituencies is essential.
Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of reference checks, a criminal background verification, and verification of credentials. The College will coordinate these verifications.
For more information and to apply, please visit www.fandm.edu/jobs.
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last updated 6-Dec-2016