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Rockefeller University Senior Research Associate, Neurotechnology and Biophysics in New York, New York

Job: IRC23804


Job Title Senior Research Associate, Neurotechnology and Biophysics

Laboratory / Department Laboratory of Neurotechnology and Biophysics

Department Description

The emergence of new optical technologies combined with molecular sensors and advanced computational tools have led to major advances of our understanding of how the circuitry and dynamics of neuronal population give rise to brain functions and behavior. The Vaziri Lab of Neurotechnology and Biophysics (LNB) has a major focus on the development and application of advanced optical imaging technologies with applications for systems neuroscience. Over the last few years the lab has developed a portfolio of optical techniques that allow near-simultaneous stimulation and functional imaging of neuronal activity on the whole-brain level at single-cell level in small model organisms and more recently in the more scattering rodent brain.

Detailed Description

To further push the boundaries of neurotechnology development and brain-imaging, we are seeking to fill a leadership role in the Vaziri Laboratory of Neurotechnology and Biophysics (LNB) who can develop an independent and highly synergistic research program aligned with the ongoing efforts in the laboratory. The successful candidate will be imbedded in LNB benefiting from the existing laboratory infrastructure and scientific environment while leading a team supported by independently as well as jointly acquired external funding. Possible areas of the focus of the research program of the applicants may include but are not limited to development of new optical or non-optical methods for interrogating neuroactivity; imaging through scattering media; computational imaging technologies, machine learning and advanced statistics; development of early stage technologies for bioimaging and biology based on conceptually new approaches from quantum optics/quantum sensing, ultrafast optics, nano-photonics or other areas; and/or development of new molecular sensors and use of biochemical or synthetic biological approaches.

Job Requirements

Ph.D. in physics, optics, optical/electrical engineering or related fields required. Must have demonstrated scientific excellence and substantial contributions in research in candidate's field, ability to manage multiple tasks and projects and work as a key part of an interdisciplinary team, excellent organizational and communication skills and willingness to work outside their core expertise. Must be highly motivated, ambitious and goal-driven. Prior experimental work in academia or industry in one and more of these areas highly desired: designing and building optical systems, ultra-fast optics, fiber optics, computational modeling, systems neuroscience preferred.

Additional Details

Depending on candidates' qualifications and scientific achievements the initial appointment can be made as a (Senior) Research Associate or Research Assistant / Associate Professor. Appointment as a Research Assistant / Associate Professor will be subject to successful review by a university committee. Interested candidates should send their CV including a list of publications, a statement of research interests well as the contact information of at least three references to For more information please visit our website

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