Scientist I - Cortical Circuits of Visual Cognition
Allen Institute for Brain Science 3 reviews - Seattle, WA

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Scientist I - Cortical Circuits

of Visual Cognition The Allen Institute for Brain Science, located in Seattle, Washington, is comprised of a multidisciplinary staff committed to understanding how the brain works and helping to unlock the mysteries of neurological diseases and disorders affecting millions worldwide. Serving the scientific community is at the center of our mission to accelerate progress toward understanding the brain and neurological systems. Creating tools and data that advance the pursuits of thousands and thousands of scientists around the world is our contribution to revolutionary neuroscience. To this end, the Allen Institute's resources - each a groundbreaking creation - are free and publicly available online.

We are seeking a Scientist to be an essential member of a team investigating the behavioral and cognitive aspects of mouse vision as part of the new Neural Coding project at the Allen Institute. This individual will work as a scientific lead to design and implement behavioral and neurophysiological experiments aimed at uncovering cortical mechanisms of visual cognition including object recognition, spatial attention, sensorimotor integration, and working memory. Projects involve training mice to perform visual behaviors, monitoring population cortical activity during these behaviors, and optogenetically manipulating the underlying circuitry to reveal causal relationships between behavior and specific cell types and circuits. A particular focus will be on processing in higher-order cortical visual areas and the role of feedback and interareal projections between cortical areas.

  • Design behavioral experiments and train mice to perform visual behaviors that engage cognitive processes such as object recognition, spatial attention, sensorimotor integration, and working memory.
  • Carry out large-scale neurophysiological measurements in the visual cortex and associated areas of behaving mice using multielectrode arrays or 2-photon calcium imaging.
  • Design and implement optogenetic experiments for manipulating neural circuits during behavior.
  • Analyze and visualize neurophysiological and behavioral datasets.
  • Work in collaboration with computational and theoretical neuroscientists at the Allen to analyze and model experimental data.
  • Publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present findings at scientific conferences.

  • PhD in Neuroscience or related field
  • Postdoctoral experience is desirable
  • Experience with in vivo brain measurement techniques, particularly multi-electrode array recordings or 2-photon population calcium imaging
  • Experience with behavioral/psychophysical training
  • Experience with in vivo optogenetic manipulations
  • Experience with rodent or primate neurophysiology
  • Programming experience is a plus (Python, Matlab)
  • Strong publication record
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work as a part of a team
We offer competitive pay, a generous benefits package, and a dynamic, engaging environment.

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