Now recruiting: Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Department of Neuroscience is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the laboratory of John Donoghue. The position will be aimed at developing theories of network-scale cortical computations leading to flexible, skilled reach and dexterous grasping movements in primates. The candidate will join a team of multi-disciplinary researchers seeking to expand our fundamental understanding of cortical information processing and applying that knowledge to create useful human brain-computer-interfaces. Studies emphasize testing of concepts related to cortical mesoscale computation based on large scale multiarea/multielectrode recordings of single-unit and LFP signals from non-human primates.  Exploration and development of new technologies, analytical tools, and theories in a multidisciplinary environment is encouraged.

The Neuroscience department at Brown is committed to centering efforts towards diversity, equity and inclusion in all our teaching, mentoring and research. This is grounded in our knowledge that the best science requires an inclusive environment, and that long-standing biases exist in STEM that negatively impact members of our community and science as a whole. Thus, we strive to be a community in which a diverse set of thoughts, perspectives and experiences are valued. One where anybody, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, , sexual orientation, religion, age, and ability feels that they are welcome here and belong here. We believe that everyone here should have a seat at the table and be given the opportunity to bring out their best in an environment where an individual’s strengths and specific challenges are recognized, and where as a community we work towards elevating every individual while collectively lowering barriers that impede them. We are a community committed to educating ourselves, to learning about and from each other, and to openly discussing biases, barriers and inequities that some of us may face, while committing ourselves to recognizing and eliminating them. We are committed to bringing this effort of equity-mindedness to our research laboratories, our classrooms, our meetings and our social events. In instances where we fail to do so, we commit to accepting feedback, learning from our mistakes and working to improve. We are also committed to actively combating racism and racist practices, advocating for and bringing about institutional change, and serving as a role model for the rest of the university.  https://www.brown.edu/academics/neuroscience/home


The successful candidate must have completed (or be nearing completion of) a PhD or equivalent in a field relevant to systems-level neuroscience (physics, engineering, math, statistics, neuroscience) and have strong programming skills (especially with MATLAB or Python) as well as experience with machine learning and deep learning tools.  Daily tasks include data collection, processing, and analysis as well as design and implementation of reaching and grasping tasks. Experience handling and training non-human primates as well as surgical expertise is highly desirable but not required.  Additional requirements include expertise in quantitative analysis of neural population activity and effective writing/communication skills.  Support and training will include interactions with a diverse team spanning clinical translational research, systems neuroscience, data analytics, and neurotechnology engineering in humans and non-human primates.  

Application Instructions

All applicants must apply through Interfolio

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