Columbia University in the City of New York

Associate Research Scientist

Columbia's Zuckerman Institute is seeking an Associate Research Scientist (ARS) to investigate how corticospinal and corticostriatal neurons influence circuits in the spinal cord to shape motor behavior.

Position Summary

Columbia University’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute (the Zuckerman Institute) brings together researchers to explore aspects of mind and brain, through the exchange of ideas and active collaboration. The Zuckerman Institute’s home will be the Jerome L. Greene Science Center on Columbia’s new Manhattanville campus. Situated in the heart of Manhattan, at full capacity the Zuckerman Institute will house approximately 47 laboratories employing a broad range of interdisciplinary approaches to transform our understanding of the mind and brain. In this highly collaborative environment, labs work together to gain critical insights into human health by exploring how the brain develops, performs, endures and recovers from trauma or disease.

A lab within the Zuckerman Institute seeks an Associate Research Scientist (ARS) to investigate how corticospinal and corticostriatal neurons influence circuits in the spinal cord to shape motor behavior. We will employ novel technologies to uncover the anatomical and functional organization of cortical outputs to the basal ganglia and the spinal cord, and how these circuits are coordinated during movement. The successful candidate will combine anatomical, electrophysiological, and imaging tools to functionally map the organization of corticospinal circuits in both the spinal cord and the striatum and define the logic by which corticospinal neurons, and their cellular targets in basal ganglia, encode salient features of movement.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in rodent anatomy, viral methods, operant behavioral, and strong in vivo imaging and electrophysiology skills, as well as superior motivation, drive and demonstrated aptitude for research.

 

Minimum Requirements

M.D., PhD, or doctorate in related field.

Preferred Requirements

Strong candidates will be interested and focused on interdisciplinary work.

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