Job ID: 83176

Postdoc position in computational/systems neuroscience of spatial reasoning in naturalistic behaviors

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 1 October 2022

Contract Length: Flexible

City: Ashburn, VA

Country: United States

Institution: HHMI Janelia Research Campus



The Voigts Lab at HHMI Janelia Research Campus is recruiting postdocs. We’ll work on how neocortex builds and uses models of the world to give animals complex cognitive abilities. The lab will specifically attempt to go beyond repeated stimulus-response associations, instead using complex, naturalistic spatial behaviors in rodents to study flexible cognition.

We’ll be able to throw significant technology at the problem of combining sufficient measurements with complex naturalistic behavior, but more importantly we’ll have to overcome the challenge of modeling, analyzing, and ultimately learning from data when there are few or no trials to average over. We will use experimental approaches, such as designing tasks where mice make decisions based on incomplete knowledge of their environment, as well as developing new computational techniques to test circuit mechanisms in the context of unconstrained behaviors.

We’re part of the new Mechanistic Cognitive Neuroscience research area at Janelia, where there are unique resources for this type of work. We’ll work closely with experimental, theoretical, methods, and machine learning researchers in and outside of Janelia to make this research program possible, collaborative, and fun.

To apply, please send a cover letter, brief statement of research interests, and CV to
I will also be at the FENS Forum 2022, so reach out if you’d like to learn more or chat!

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