Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neural Circuits for Visual Learning

University of Cambridge Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate or research assistant position in the Selective Vision lab, led by Dr Jasper Poort and based at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. The successful candidate will work on a research project funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society that will investigate the neural circuit mechanisms of visual perceptual learning.

The project will combine long-term two-photon calcium imaging, electrophysiology and optogenetic manipulation of specific cell types and neural projections in visual cortical areas and decision-making brain areas to understand how mice (including mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders) learn to become experts in different visually-guided decision-making tasks. The successful applicant will join a supportive and multi-disciplinary research environment and collaborate with experts on learning and executive function in rodents and humans, experts on learning and executive impairments in mental disorders, and computational neuroscientists.

Applicants should have completed (or are about to submit) a PhD for appointment at Research Associate level or (under)graduate degree (Research Assistant) in neuroscience, biology, experimental psychology, engineering, or other relevant disciplines. We are looking for someone with previous experience in imaging/electrophysiology/optogenetics and behavioural training in rodents, and strong data analysis skills (e.g. Matlab or Python).

The research position is available from February 2021 onwards for an initial 2 year period with the possibility for extension. More information about the lab can be found here including recent publications: Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Jasper Poort ( ).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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In addition to the covering letter, CV, and contact details of 2 references, applicants are asked to provide a brief statement (500 words) describing the questions and approach they consider important for the study of visual perceptual learning and their future research ambitions.

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