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Rockefeller University Research Assistant, Neural Systems and Molecular Biology in New York, New York

Job: IRC24376


Job Title Research Assistant, Neural Systems and Molecular Biology

Laboratory / Department Laboratory of Neural Systems and Molecular Biology

Department Description

Our visual perception of the outer world is the creation of active brain processes that structure and select the information provided by the eyes. The Laboratory of Neural Systems is interested in the neural processes that form object representations as well as those that allow attention to make those representations available for cognition. Our laboratory aims to understand the inner workings of this system, from the level of individual cells to the interactions of brain areas, in order to answer questions such as: How does face selectivity emerge in a single cell? How is information transformed from one face patch to another? What is the contribution of each face patch to different face recognition abilities like the recognition of a friend or a smile? How do the different face patches interact in different tasks? And how is information extracted from a patch when a perceptual decision is made?

Detailed Description

The Laboratory has recently discovered a new area of attentional control in the primate and human brain, located, surprisingly, in the temporal lobe. This startling discovery has raised several fundamental questions that will be addressed in this NIMH-funded fMRI project. The Research Assistant will work with a small number of human subjects to be trained on and scanned during a large number of tasks to map visual cortical areas and determine their functions, and connectivity. Under proper supervision, the research assistant will analyze the data and compile figures for a scientific paper.

Job Requirements

Bachelor's degree in science required; educational emphasis in molecular biology or neuroscience preferred. Must have familiarity with human fMRI and with the analysis of fMRI. Excellent communication, organization, computer, and people skills required. Basic knowledge in anatomy and a keen interest in science a must. Must possess superior accuracy, reliability, a strong work ethic and general experimental skills.

Additional Details

The Rockefeller University is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans