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Postdoc Opening

Investigator: Mark Stopfer, Ph.D.
Affiliation:Unit on Sensory Coding and Neural Ensembles
Position Type:Postdoctoral Fellowship

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the Unit on Sensory Coding and Neural Ensembles, Program on Developmental Neuroscience, Eunice Kennedy Schriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Investigator of the Unit is Mark Stopfer.

All animals need to know what is going on in the world around them; thus, brain mechanisms have evolved to gather and organize sensory information, to build transient and sometimes enduring internal representations of the animal's surroundings. Information does not flow passively from the outer environment through neural circuits, coming gently to rest as memories or actions. Rather, information is actively collected, and then processed and dramatically transformed in myriad ways, providing multiple advantages to the animal. Our goal is to understand fundamental mechanisms by which sensory information is collected, transformed, stabilized, and compared as it makes its way through the nervous system. Using relatively simple animals and focusing primarily on olfaction, we combine electrophysiological, anatomical, genetic, behavioral, computational and other strategies to examine the ways fully intact neural circuits, driven by real sensory stimuli, process information. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in a related discipline and have less than four years postdoctoral research experience. Candidates with experience in electrophysiology, signal processing, or with analysis of complex data are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a letter of interest outlining experience and research goals, and the names of at least three references to:

Mark Stopfer, Ph.D.
Unit on Sensory Coding and Neural Ensembles
Porter Neuroscience Research Center
35 Lincoln Drive
Rm 3A-102,  msc 3715


  • Mark Stopfer, Ph.D.
  • Senior Investigator
  • Porter Neuroscience Research Center 35A, 3E-623
  • Bethesda, MD 20892
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  • The Last Update : 5/8/2012