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 postdoctoral position at the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene Inc at New York State Psychiatric Institute. We are 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.

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 neuro-modulation in awake-behaving rodents. Both human subjects and animals will perform a spatial working-memory paradigm, critically allowing vertical integration across recording levels. Human subjects will additionally perform working-memory tasks in different sensory modalities and at higher levels of abstraction to guarantee generalizability of results, and to allow for identification of biomarkers to be used in future patient studies.

The current opening is for a postdoc who will oversee the human EEG experiments of this research program. More information about the lab can be found at

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

The successful candidate will conduct EEG studies in healthy human subjects, and will closely collaborate with others in the lab working on intracranial counterparts of this work within the larger research program. Within the department we collaborate with Dr. Yael Cycowicz and Dr. Alexander Harris. The successful candidate will be responsible for the design, implementation and analysis of EEG 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) are required.

Preferred Qualifications:

An ideal candidate will have prior experience with EEG acquisition and analysis, and a record of published work on topics relevant to the research program (i.e., brain oscillations). 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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