POSTDOCTORAL position in neurophysiology of visuo-motor control


To study synaptic interactions between identified neurons in various visuo-motor coordination pathways during movements to visual targets in cats. The specific question being currently addressed is how cortex, thalamus, and cerebellum interact to ensure the precise positioning of feet during walking. The activity of single identified neurons and neuronal pairs in cerebellum, thalamus, and cortex will be analyzed in relation to visual stimuli, mechanics of movements, local pharmacological manipulations (microinjections or iontophoresis of synaptically active compounds), and optogenetic manipulations.


 The successful candidate will have publications in peer-reviewed journals and a lucky hand at experimentation. Other requirements include: a doctoral degree (MD or PhD), good writing skills, and experience with computer programming & data analysis. Familiarity with electrophysiology and animal training will be great assets. The candidate should plan to conduct experiments with only limited help from technical personnel, and to produce data and a good draft for at least one publication per year.


Initial salary will be commensurate with experience; thereafter it will be based on productivity. A generous benefits package is offered in addition, including medical, dental, vision, and retirement (with a value equal to 29.8% of the salary).


Send CV, detailed summary of previous work and research interests, and names of three references to: Irina Beloozerova, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ, 85013; Applications are reviewed continuously until the position is filled.