New York State Psychiatry Institute
  • 14-Oct-2020 to 14-Nov-2020 (EST)
  • PI- Systems Neuroscience
  • New York, NY, USA
  • 54,376
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full benefits package based on percentage of full-time effort

Applications are invited for a joint postdoctoral position at the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. The Haegens/Brain Rhythms lab is interested in the mechanistic role of brain oscillations, specifically studied in the context of perception & cognition. We use a combination of electro-physiological methods, including EEG/MEG, ECoG, and LFP recordings, as well as computational modelling, to characterize neuronal dynamics on several critical levels. The Harris/Neural Circuits lab investigates the neural circuitry underlying psychiatric disorders by recording and manipulating neural activity in mouse models.

We are looking for a highly talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher for a NIH funded project entitled "Scaffolding of brain operations: the role of beta oscillations in forming flexible neural ensembles". The overall aim of this research program is to elucidate how the brain sets up the functional neural architecture involved in working memory and decision making. We will test a novel theoretical framework delineating how the beta rhythm flexibly sets up transient networks, linking neuronal circuits that are relevant to current task demands, thereby providing the scaffolding for information transfer.

In this larger research program, we will use a combination of EEG recordings in healthy human subjects, and intracranial electro-physiology and optogenetic neuromodulation in awake-behaving rodents. Both human subjects and animals will perform a spatial working-memory paradigm, critically allowing vertical integration across recording levels.

The current opening is for a postdoc who will be in charge of the rodent experiments of this research program. More information about the respective labs can be found at and

Duties & Responsibilities Include:

The successful candidate will conduct electro-physiology recordings and optogenetic manipulations in mice and will closely collaborate with others in the lab working on human electro-physiology counterparts of this work within the larger research program. The successful candidate will be responsible for the design, implementation and analysis of rodent experiments testing various hypotheses regarding the mechanistic role of beta oscillations and be involved in the subsequent communication and publication of the experimental results.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate should have a PhD in cognitive/systems neuroscience or a related field. Strong signal processing and programming skills (e.g., Matlab, Python) and/or extensive experience with in-vivo rodent techniques are required.

Preferred Qualifications:

As an ideal candidate you have prior experience with electro-physiological data acquisition and analysis in animal models, as well as a record of published work on topics relevant to the research program. You should have strong organizational skills, be able to work independently, and have excellent interpersonal communication skills. You should be able to work in a dynamic, collaborative and international environment, and enjoy working within a diverse team.


To Apply:

Submit a resume and cover letter on our website at: . Only applications submitted through our website will be considered.


The Research Foundation is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. Excellent Benefits Package. Employer/Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran Employer. VEVRAA 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.

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