A postdoctoral position in systems neuroscience is currently available. The specific research will focus on midbrain-cerebellar circuitry related to the encoding of optic flow signals, and their transformation into motor programs for flight control in hummingbirds, zebra finches, and pigeons. Techniques will involve some combination of electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, optogenetics, and free flight tracking in virtual reality environments. Experience in these specific topics is not as important as an interest in mechanisms of animal behavior and expertise in data analysis and manuscript composition. The research will be supervised by Doug Altshuler (UBC) and Doug Wylie (University of Alberta). Applicants should send a single PDF document containing a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references.
I am looking to recruit one or two new graduate students to start in September 2021, at either the MSc or PhD level. Interested applicants should contact me to discuss this opportunity.
There are sometimes opportunities to volunteer in the lab, such as helping with histology. I will also consider research projects that can be pursued by highly motivated students with a strong record of academic performance. Projects may be completed as part of an Honour's thesis or Directed Studies.