Job ID: 97933

Postdoc in Neuroscience

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 15 December 2022

Contract Length: 3 years

City: Kristiansand

Country: Norway

Institution: University of Agder



A fixed-term 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in neuroscience, affiliated to ‘faggruppe psykologi’, for a period of 3 years. The position is located at Campus Kristiansand in beautiful Norway.

In DSyNC, we work to understand how sensory processes and learning are affected by internal generative processes. We use the olfactory system in mice as a model system, and are interested in how statistical learning is implemented both algorithmically and biologically in cell networks in the cerebral cortex. More specifically, we are interested in how sensory representations are linked to identity (odor objects). Natural odors typically consist of several hundred different chemicals and we have little insight into how the brain establishes which of these best define specific odor objects over time and best separate these from other odor objects. It is already well established that these processes, known as ‘pattern completion ‘ and ‘pattern separation’, operate in the first part of the olfactory cortex. To approach these processes, high-yield in vivo electrophysiology is used in awake behaving mice, together with optogenetic methods to manipulate neural activity. We also make use of high-capacity behavioral monitoring through a virtual reality setup we designed for mice, which provides very precise experimental control of sensory stimuli, including smell. Both the type of data (high dimensional neural time series and behavioral signals) and the experimental questions we are interested in require that the employee has broad and deep experience with relevant statistical methods, data analyzes and programming.

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