NIH-Funded Postdoctoral Position – Northeast Ohio Medical University
Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology
NEOMED (Northeast Ohio Medical University)
It is well-known that hearing problems in kids can induce later deficits in understanding complex sounds, such as rapid speech in background noise. Our lab is the first to show that stress during development can cause similar problems. Based on our data, early-life stress affects auditory perception and neural activity throughout the auditory pathway. Furthermore, early hearing loss and stress together are much worse for auditory perception than either one alone, yet the mechanisms underlying these deficits are unknown. We’re funded by the NIDCD to study how early-life stress and hearing loss affect the perception of rapid changes in sound, and the underlying neural mechanisms.
Our laboratory is part of a very active auditory neuroscience Hearing Research Group of ten laboratories, with a strong training environment and funding record. We have combined expertise in multiple approaches (optogenetics; 2-photon slice, intracellular in vivo, and chronic neurophysiology; psychophysics; immunohistochemistry; neuroanatomy) as well as across brain regions (auditory brainstem, midbrain, cortex, amygdala). The group is highly interactive and accessible, and the successful candidate will benefit from this expertise and from ongoing collaborations within the group.
This project uses calcium imaging of specific cell types, and multi-site electrophysiology in behaving Mongolian gerbils, applying computational analyses to evaluate population codes for auditory perception. There is flexibility to explore questions arising from incoming data, and opportunities to apply additional techniques.
The ideal candidate has experience with some/all of the following: electrophysiological recording, calcium imaging, operant conditioning, animal surgeries, and/or computational/ programming skills / Matlab. Comfort with animals is essential.
The position is available immediately for three years, with possible extension. Funding is at NIH pay scale.
For more information, contact Dr. Merri Rosen with a CV and statement of research interests.
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