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Position: Postdoc Position – Decision-making and Cortical Circuits in Mice

Location: New Haven, Connecticut

Closing date: Open until filled

The Role

A postdoctoral position in systems neuroscience is available in the laboratory of Alex Kwan at Yale University School of Medicine. Research in the lab focuses on the mouse prefrontal cortex with emphases on how circuit mechanisms enable value-based decision-making, and how network dysfunction underlies cognitive deficits in chronic stress.

The Lab

The lab uses in vivo two-photon calcium imaging, in vivo and slice electrophysiology, and optogenetic perturbation to study cortical circuits, primarily in head-fixed, behaving mice.

Recent publications from the lab: 

  • Siniscalchi MJ, Phoumthipphavong V, Ali F, Lozano M, and Kwan AC. Fast and slow transitions in frontal ensemble activity during flexible sensorimotor behavior. Nat. Neurosci., 19, 1234-1242 (2016).
  • Barthas F, and Kwan AC. Secondary motor cortex: where ‘sensory’ meets ‘motor’ in the rodent frontal cortex. Trends. Neurosci.,40, 181-193 (2017).
  • Phoumthipphavong V, Barthas F, Hassett S, and Kwan AC. Longitudinal effects of ketamine on dendritic architecture in vivo in the mouse medial frontal cortex. eNeuro, 3(2):0133-15.2016 (2016).

The Applicant

  • The qualified applicant will hold a PhD and should have at least one first-author publication. 
  • Experience with scientific programming and statistical analysis using MATLAB, Python, or R is highly desired. 

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a short research statement, a CV, and names of three references by email to Alex Kwan ([email protected]).

Contact: 
          
Alex Kwan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Yale University
New Haven, CT, United States

E-mail: [email protected]
Lab page: http://medicine.yale.edu/lab/kwan/
Twitter: @kwanalexc

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