Description This is a full-time exempt term position lasting six months to one year Position as Research Scientist in Computational and Systems Neuroscience (Term Professional) in the Attention-Circuits-Control Laboratory (Vanderbilt University, Dr. Thilo Womelsdorf) This position as Research Scientist in Computational and Systems Neuroscience is available in the Attention-Circuits-Control laboratory of Dr. Thilo Womelsdorf at Vanderbilt University to actively pursue and support research, finalize publications and support grant applications. Research activities in the lab aim to understand the function and mechanisms of neuronal activities at cell-, circuit- and systems- levels in relation to attention and learning in the nonhuman primate and human brain. The position requires proficient programming skills in MATLAB to conduct, co-supervise, and mentor analysis projects on brain activity to understand attention and learning functions. Experimental datasets include parallel multisite recordings from distributed brain areas during complex attention tasks from nonhuman and human subjects. The candidate is expected to utilize advanced signal processing and statistical modeling approaches to quantify the representation encoded in high-dimensional neural activity (techniques including dimension reduction, machine learning classification or state space analysis), and to be knowledgeable in the analysis of neuronal communication and information flow (including Granger causality and phase slope analyses techniques). The position entails the expectation of independently developing novel solutions to identify meaningful neural activation signatures ('events'), neural assemblies and co-activation patterns in higher dimensional brain data. The candidate is expected to mentor graduate students and junior postdoctoral fellows which includes support of data analysis, statistics, visualization of results, the preparation of manuscripts for respected peer-reviewed journals and abstracts for international conferences. For the mentoring and co-supervisory roles, the candidate is expected to be physically available to students and to the laboratory head at each day of the working week in the respective office in the Wilson Hall at Vanderbilt University. He/she will play active roles as co-organizer and tutor in local or international workshops about signal processing approaches and tools (e.g. Fieldtrip Workshops) and to support and extend the lab's online repository of freely available analysis tutorials. Part of the position includes the maintenance and supervision of the access to the local computing cluster and to support streamlining the data recording and analysis pipeline that is necessary for streaming, storing and archiving high-dimensional datasets. These functionalities are partly offered and supported by the IT staff of the Psychology Department of the College of Arts and Sciences at Vanderbilt University. The candidate is expected to establish the link to the IT services to ensure an efficient handling of data in the laboratory. This position as Research Scientist in Computational and Systems Neuroscience requires a PhD in neuroscience or a related field and is based on a competitive salary, standard benefits and vacation details and includes a fully equipped office with all required computing resources (laptop, monitors, and availability to computing clusters). The candidate will have access to travel allowances for the regular attendance of international conferences or symposia The job responsibilities include · Conducting original research, including carrying out analysis, finalizing and publishing research results in respected peer-reviewed journals; · Development and Adoption of novel analysis approaches for detecting neural assemblies; · Presentation of original research findings at international conferences or symposia; · Co-Supervision of graduate student projects; · Providing statistical and signal processing support for and
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