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 Gadagkar Lab within the Zuckerman Institute seeks a postdoctoral scientist to perform research using in-vivo extracellular recordings and/or imaging of neuronal activity in awake behaving songbirds. The Gadagkar Lab is broadly interested in the neural mechanisms of social behavior; the lab uses state-of-the-art awake-behaving electrophysiology, imaging, behavioral tracking, and computational modeling to take an integrated approach to understanding how male zebra finches learn to sing and how female zebra finches evaluate male songs, to reveal the neural principles underlying social communication. The applicant should ideally have expertise performing in-vivo electrophysiology and/or imaging to track the activity of populations of neurons during behavior. Exceptionally strong candidates with training in a different STEM field and highly motivated to transition to neuroscience may also be considered. 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.
PhD or docotrate in neuroscience or related STEM field.
Strong candidates will be interested and focused on interdisciplinary neuroscience research.
Interested candidates should send CV and cover letter to Dr. Vikram Gadagkar at [email protected].