Columbia University in the City of New York

Postdoctoral Scientist, Dr. Itamar Kahn

Columbia's Zuckerman Institute is seeking a postdoctoral scientist to perform research in the neural mechanisms of learning and memory.

Position Summary

Columbia University’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute (the Zuckerman Institute) brings together world-class researchers from varied scientific disciplines to explore aspects of mind and brain, through the exchange of ideas and active collaboration. The Zuckerman Institute’s home, the Jerome L. Greene Science Center is a state-of-the-art facility on Columbia’s new Manhattanville campus. Situated in the heart of Manhattan in New York City, the Zuckerman Institute houses over 50 laboratories employing a broad range of interdisciplinary approaches to transform our understanding of the mind and brain. In this highly collaborative environment, experimental, computational, and theoretical labs work together to gain critical insights into how the brain develops, performs, endures and recovers.

The Kahn Lab seeks a postdoctoral scientist to perform research in close collaboration with Dr. Alan Jasanoff at MIT using novel genetically engineered MRI probes to study brain-wide neural circuit function during goal-directed behavior in awake behaving mice. The Kahn Lab is broadly interested in the neural mechanisms of learning and memory; the lab uses a state-of-the-art platform for behaving mouse fMRI, electrophysiology, behavioral tracking, and computational modeling to study how neural populations across different sensory and memory systems encode, decode, and process information in the service of decision-making and learning.

The applicant should ideally have expertise performing in vivo electrophysiology and/or imaging to track the activity of populations of neurons during behavior. Experience with head-fixed behaving animals is required. Strong computational skills, including programming in MATLAB or Python, as well as superior motivation, drive and demonstrated aptitude for carrying out independent research are highly desirable qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications

PhD or doctorate in neuroscience or related STEM field.  
Experience with head-fixing animals.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior experience and expertise performing in vivo electrophysiology and/or imaging to track the activity of populations of neurons during behavior.  
Strong computational skills, including programming in MATLAB or Python.




To learn more about Dr. Itamar Kahn, please visit: https://zuckermaninstitute.columbia.edu/itamar-kahn-phd 

Interested candidates should send CV and research statement to Dr. Itamar Kahn at [email protected]

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