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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Systems Neuroscience

The intramural program of the National Eye Institute invites applications for a position as a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Section on Perception, Cognition and Action co-supervised by Senior Investigator Dr. Bevil Conway, part of the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research (LSR), and Professor Dan Butts (University of Maryland). The position is funded for up to five years, pending annual review.

You would work with other members of the team to plan, conduct, and disseminate original neurophysiological and behavioral research on the mechanisms of vision and visual cognition. Depending on your interests, you could work on several different projects, and would be encouraged to develop independent projects, related to how retinal signals are transformed through the visual system into perceptions and thoughts that drive behavior. A major thrust of the lab is to determine the mechanisms that support vision at the center of gaze, using cutting-edge neurophysiological recording, eye-tracking, and computational approaches. These projects are developed in close collaboration between experimentalists (Conway lab) and theorists (Butts lab), and you will benefit by receiving advanced training in both spheres.

The LSR fosters a highly collaborative, supportive, international, and engaged atmosphere for creative neuroscientific research. The NIH boasts exceptional resources for cutting-edge research, and the LSR ( has a track record of outstanding scientific accomplishments that leverage these resources.

The successful candidate will receive a stipend commensurate with experience based on the NIH standard.

You should have a PhD or MD degree, with training in biology, neuroscience, computer science, psychology, machine vision, cognitive science, or related fields, and success in original research. Candidates should have expertise in at least two of the following areas: neural recording; analysis of neurophysiological data; functional MRI; computational modeling; color science (colorimetry, image analysis); psychophysics; computer programming (Matlab, Java script, Java, UNIX, python); or animal behavior. We also seek candidates with outstanding interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written communication abilities, experience with mentoring, and who are committed to a healthy diverse research environment.

Equal Opportunity Employment: Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. We welcome applications from women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

To Apply:
Send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a description of relevant experience, and arrange for 2-3 letters of recommendation to be sent to Informal inquires are welcome. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If the ad is still posted, positions are still available. Start dates are flexible.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. DHHS, NIH, and NEI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Last updated: January 29, 2024