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Postdoctoral Scientist - Rutishauser Lab

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Join Cedars-Sinai and become part of a team that is at the forefront of medical advancements. Work alongside physician-scientists and researchers who are making life-saving medical and scientific breakthroughs. Our researchers develop some of the most advanced clinical trials in the world

Do you have a passion for helping human kind?

As a member of our team, you will bring your dedication and expertise to collaborate on clinical trials and assist on research studies. You will provide support and service to faculty and staff conducting research. This includes coordination of staff support, provision of centralized systems, regulatory expertise, and quality assurance. Your work will support our mission of rapidly translating research discoveries into safe, effective treatments.

Under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Ueli Rutishauser in the department of neurosurgery and working closely with other postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, undergraduate students, research associates, and collaborators, the postdoctoral fellow will obtain further training in neuroscience. The postdoctoral scholar will participate in systems neuroscience research throughout the training period by utilizing intracranial recordings in humans to study the basic mechanisms of learning and memory. Analyzes and interprets data.  May assist in preparation of grant proposals.  Participates in publications and presentations as author or co-author. This NIH-funded position is an outstanding opportunity to receive training in a highly productive and cutting-edge research program. Not responsible for generating grant funds. Specifically, but not limited to, you will:
1. Design and perform human intracranial electrophysiology experiments. 
2. Design, implement, and use computational techniques to process and analyze electrophysiological and behavioral data.
3. Utilize a programming language (MATLAB) to implement analysis procedures and analyze and interpret the results.
4. Utilize, develop and extend complex data analysis programs in MATLAB or similar and utilize these programs to develop biological insights from complex electrophysiological datasets.
5. Design, implement, and continuously improve behavioral experiments using MATLAB or similar.
6. Interact respectfully and efficiently with patients, caregivers, and hospital clinical staff.
Educational Requirements:
Candidates should have recently graduated with a Ph.D. in biology or neuroscience (or a related degree).

Works independently on research projects designed together with the mentor (Dr. Ueli Rutishauser) within area of specialization. Acquires thorough technical and theoretical knowledge of research project and objectives during one to four (1-4) year post-doctoral appointment.  Demonstrated aptitude to perform experimental protocols and procedures, including detailed data collection, and analysis and operation and maintenance of specialized equipment. Knowledge of safety standards and maintenance and operation of specialized equipment. Programming (Matlab or similar), data analysis, statistics and electrophysiology skills are essential. Knowledge of the neuroscience literature is essential. Excellent written and oral English communication skills are required. Previous experience with human scalp-or intracranial EEG or animal intracranial electrophysiology is preferred. Proven ability to conduct high-quality research evidenced by first author publications is required.

Physical Demands:
Position requires working with electrophysiology equipment and computers for extended periods of time and the use of specialized laboratory equipment.  Must be able to sit, stand and/or stoop for long periods of time. Must be able to lift at least 20 pounds.
  • Working Title: Postdoctoral Scientist - Rutishauser Lab
  • Department: Home Dept-Black
  • Business Entity: Academic / Research
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Job Category: Academic / Research
  • Job Specialty: Postdoctoral
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Shift Length: 8 hour shift
  • Shift Type: Day
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