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Postdoctoral Fellow - Computational Neuroscience
Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date Posted 09/09/2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled
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Recruitment/Posting Title
Postdoctoral Fellow - Computational Neuroscience
Job Category
Staff & Executive - Research (Laboratory/Non-Laboratory)

New Jersey’s academic health center, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) takes an integrated approach to educating students, providing clinical care, and conducting research, all with the goal of improving human health. Aligned with Rutgers University–New Brunswick and collaborating university wide, RBHS includes eight schools, a behavioral health network, and five centers and institutes that focus on cancer treatment and research, neuroscience, advanced biotechnology and medicine, environmental and occupational health, and health care policy and aging research.

Our faculty are teachers, clinicians, and scientists with unparalleled experience who advance medical innovation and provide patient care informed by the latest research findings. We offer an outstanding education in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, nursing, biomedical research, and the full spectrum of allied health careers.
Our clinical and academic facilities are located throughout the state—at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, including Piscataway; and at locations in Newark, Scotch Plains, Somerset, Stratford, and other locations. Clinical partners include Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Newark’s University Hospital in Newark, and other affiliates.

Through this community of healers, scientists, and scholars, Rutgers is equipped as never before to transform lives.

Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Post Doc Fellow for the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (CABM) at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the Post Doc Fellow will use modern computational modeling and data analysis methods to understand the roles of specific inhibitory and excitatory neuron types found in hippocampal microcircuits in controlling spatial learning and memory. The Post Doc Fellow will work on projects related to nonlinear signal integration and associative synaptic plasticity mechanisms in the dendrites of granule cells in the hipposcampal dentate gyrus, and their regulation by a unique class of excitatory interneurons implicated in epilepsy, the dentate mossy cells. This position is fully funded by NIMH through an NSF-NIH Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience research grant awarded to Dr. Milstein. The project is an international collaboration with Dr. Marlene Bartos at the University of Freilburg, Germany. This position represents a unique opportunity to be co-mentored by multiple investigators at the forefront of the field, and includes the potential for travel to interact with experimental collaborators and to attend research conferences in the U.S. and Europe.

Among the key duties of this position are the following:

  • Conduct computational neuroscience research.
  • Write computer programs to simulate neural circuits.
  • Analyze simulated data and experimental data from collaborators.
  • Share scientific results with the community by presenting posters and seminars locally and at external conferences, and by submitting manuscripts for peer-review and publication.
  • Provide training and mentorship to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students in the Milstein lab.
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Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment
Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility
Minimum Education and Experience
  • Ph.D. in neuroscience, computational neuroscience, bioengineering, computer science, or related field.
  • Experience writing computer programs using the language Python.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience writing computer programs to run on parallel computing architectures using MPI framework.
  • Experience in modeling biological neural function and/or plasticity in health and/or disease.
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Special Conditions
  • This is a grant-funded position contingent on the availability of funds to support it.
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Special Instructions to Applicants
  • This fellowship will begin September 1, 2020.
Regional Campus
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus
Downtown New Brunswick
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • * Do you have a Ph.D. in neuroscience, computational neuroscience, bioengineering, computer science, or related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  • * Do you have experience in writing computer programs using the language Python?
    • Yes
    • No

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  • Resume/CV
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  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
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