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Postdoctoral Fellow in Animal Behavior and Sensory Neuroscience
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted 01/28/2022
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Title Postdoctoral Fellow in Animal Behavior and Sensory Neuroscience
School Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area Molecular and Cellular Biology
Position Description
The laboratory of Dr. Venkatesh Murthy at Harvard University is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA. The Murthy lab is interested in understanding the neural and algorithmic basis of sensory-guided behaviors in terrestrial animals. To this end, we have developed behavioral tasks in mice using stimuli and situations that approximate natural settings, while allowing electrophysiological recordings, high-resolution optical imaging and optogenetic manipulation. We record neural activity in behaving mice using electro- or opto-physiological methods and relate them to behavioral features, and attempt to discern the computational algorithms underlying these behaviors. More information can be found on our website: http://www.vnmurthylab.org/  
The Postdoctoral Fellow will have the opportunity to investigate the algorithmic basis of sensory-guided behavior, with a focus on using naturalistic experimental settings for investigating odor-guided navigation in mice. Research will be performed in an interdisciplinary collaboration with computational neuroscientists and physicists. We are particularly interested in scientists with expertise in experimental neurobiology and behavior. 
In addition to professional development opportunities within the lab and exposure to a breadth of scientific disciplines, the Postdoctoral Fellow will be able to take advantage of the scientific communities within Harvard, including the Center for Brain Science, the Harvard Brain Initiative, the Kempner Institute, the Quantitative Biology Initiative, and other institutions in the greater Boston area.  
Basic Qualifications
A Ph.D. is required. Ph.D. students in the final year of their thesis work are eligible to apply. Specific degree areas include but are not limited to neurobiology, systems biology, organismal biology, bioengineering, molecular biology, biophysics or physics.  
Additional Qualifications
Special Instructions
Please include the following items as part of your application:
  • A cover letter including a summary of your research experience, your research interests, and your interest in this particular role.
  • Your curriculum vitae including list of publications.
  • Name and contact information for 2-5 references.  
  • Contact Information
    Professor Venkatesh Murthy
     Biological Laboratories
     16 Divinity Avenue
     Cambridge MA 02138 
    Contact Email vnmurthy@fas.harvard.edu
    Equal Opportunity Employer
    We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.
    Minimum Number of References Required 2
    Maximum Number of References Allowed 5

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