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We are currently actively recruiting for multiple lab positions. Please see table below and click on the tab that best describes the position you’re interested in.

Postdoctoral researcherResearch assistantGraduate studentsUndergraduate students
We’re looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher with expertise in human electrophysiology and/or decision-making modeling. The candidate will carry out research on the neurobiological basis of human cognition, focused on decision-making behavior. The research project will involve (1) intracranial (electrocorticography, stereotactic EEG, deep-brain stimulation) recordings in neurosurgical patients, (2) administration of decision-making and other cognitive tasks and (3) analysis through computational modeling of behavior. Research paradigms will be conducted in close collaboration with the clinical Neurosurgery and Neurology teams.

Qualifications
A PhD, or MD/PhD in a relevant field (Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedical engineering or related discipline) is required.
• Experience in intracranial recordings, electrophysiology (local field potentials and/or single-unit recordings) and computational models of valuation and choice are all highly desirable.
• Strong programming skills (Matlab, R, Python) and deep understanding of statistical methods are a must. Experience with electrophysiology analysis suites (EEGlab, Fieldtrip) a plus.
• Excellent English speaking and writing skills (including presentation skills).
• Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative program and comfortable navigating a clinical environment.
• Must be capable of designing and conducting experiments independently, writing manuscripts and grant applications, and presenting their research at international meetings.

How To Apply
Please send an email with the following documents to Elisa M Valenton (emvalenton@ucdavis.edu):
(1) Curriculum Vitae including publications and awards, (2) Concise statement of past and future research interests, and (3) Name and contact information for 2-3 references (one of which should be the Ph.D. advisor).
Send all questions to isaez [at] ucdavis.edu, with the subject line: “Neurological surgery postdoc application.”

This position has been filled.
The lab is open for research rotations for students admitted in the Neuroscience graduate program at UC Davis. Please contact me directly at isaez [at] ucdavis.com if you’re interested in rotating in the lab.
Undergraduate students interested in carrying out research in the lab should contact me directly. Students with interests and background in neuroscience, psychology, biomedical engineering, computer science and statistics are encouraged to apply. Research projects can be designed to accommodate your skills and interests within the lab research focus on human cognition, and can be of varying duration  (~1 quarter to 2+ years). Students can obtain academic credit proportional to their time commitment (roughly 1 credit per 3h weekly commitment; internships are typically 1-3 credits).

A few examples of undergraduate research projects that could be carried out in the lab include:
• Design a computer game or app for online data collection.
• Create an organize a dataset structure for organizing and sharing research data, according to the NIH Open Access Policy.
• Analyze electrophysiological (e.g. EEG) data from human patients.
• Interview and administer questionnaires to neurological/neurosurgical patients in the hospital.
• Other.

 

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