The Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia seeks to hire a postdoctoral research associate to work in the lab of Dan Meliza. The research associate will lead a new collaboration with the Deppmann Lab to investigate experience-dependent plasticity in the songbird auditory system.

The goal of the project is to develop methods for early detection of auditory processing deficits associated with language learning disorders. We will be combining CRISPR and other genetic tools with electrophysiology and behavior to determine how early experience interacts with known genetic risk factors as cortical-level auditory circuits are first learning the structure of vocal communication signals. This position offers opportunities for training in slice electrophysiology, large-scale extracellular electrophysiology in behaving birds, in vivo gene-editing techniques, and a broad range of computational methods. Our labs are part of a vibrant, positive, and collaborative community of systems, cellular, and molecular neuroscientists. Postdoctoral fellows have numerous opportunities for interactions and collaborations across the University through the Neuroscience Graduate Program and the UVA Brain Institute.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in any field closely related to neuroscience by the position start date and demonstrate strong productivity. Preference will be given to individuals who have expertise in experimental systems or circuit neuroscience, and who have prior experience with scientific computer programming.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at UVA WorkDay and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on May 17, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled.

This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for up to two additional years (one-year increments), contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For additional information about the position, please contact Dan Meliza, Assistant Professor, at

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

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