The Herman-Darrow and Hayden Labs in the University of Minnesota departments of Psychiatry, Neurosurgery and Neuroscience are seeking a postdoctoral associate to conduct and analyze human neuroeconomics research with intracranial electrophysiology.
The interdisciplinary Herman-Darrow lab investigates the neural dynamics of decision making in humans and translates findings into novel approaches to therapeutic neuromodulation in addiction, depression and chronic pain. The Hayden lab studies the neural basis of naturalistic decision making in non-human primates, with a particular interest in foraging, self-control, curiosity and risk. In our joint projects, which you would be developing in your post-doctoral work, we seek to understand the areas of overlap and separation between human and non-human primate decision making.
Lab methods: Intracranial electrophysiology, magnetoencephalography, invasive brain stimulation, non-invasive brain stimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation), signal processing, psychophysics, neuroeconomics, clinical research, computational modelling. Over time, you will be expected to become familiar with these methods at both a conceptual and technical level.
Job requirements will include:
Independent analysis and interpretation of complex, multi-dimensional data
Computer programming of tasks and analysis methods
Complex technical communication in the English language
Professional interactions with a diverse body of colleagues and research participants
Acquisition and maintenance of all necessary requirements (e.g., background checks, immunizations, institutional trainings) for work with human subjects.
Transportation of bulky or heavy objects on carts
Standing or sitting for extended periods
Training and teaching of adult learners from a variety of technical and personal backgrounds
Designs, implements and analyzes human neurophysiological and neurostimulation experiments.
Writes text and creates figures for publications and grant applications.
Attends and presents at conferences.
Supervises graduate and undergraduate students, technicians and/or interns.
Other Duties: Performs other duties as assigned.
Design, implement and analyze experiments (60%)
Create material for publications and grants (30%)
Supervise research staff (10%)
More information about the team: 1. Alexander Herman, MD PhD is the Co-PI of this unique interdisciplinary lab focused on neurophysiological and neuromodulation studies of decision making, with applications to addiction, chronic pain and mood disorders. 2. Benjamin Hayden, Co-PI 3. David Darrow, MD, Co-PI
A doctoral degree in a relevant field (neuroscience, psychology, engineering, physics, computer science) with publications in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
Experience with neurophysiology (human or animal) and psychophysics
Strong programming and/or data analysis skills. MATLAB or Python is essential. C/C++ (and derivatives), LabVIEW, and scripting languages could be useful. Prior experience with data acquisition hardware and/or creating real-time systems would be helpful
Previous experience with epilepsy, movement disorder and/or psychiatric patient populations, the biological mechanisms of mental illness, or medical device development.
Signal processing, control engineering, software and/or electrical engineering background.
Internal Number: 331665
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