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Systems Neuroscience

National Eye Institute, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

The Conway laboratory in the Laboratory of Sensorimotor research at the National Eye Institute is seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow or a Senior Research Fellow. Research in the lab aims to understand how retinal signals are transformed through the visual system into perceptions and thoughts that drive behavior. We leverage a range of techniques including fMRI in humans and monkeys, psychophysics, modeling, micro-electrode recording in monkeys, and causal manipulations. The successful candidate will become involved in a number of projects, depending on their particular interests, and will also have the opportunity to develop independent projects. The lab is part of the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research (, and we interact closely with other labs that are part of the LSR and with investigators in the National Institutes of Mental Health. The NIH boasts exceptional resources for cutting-edge research, within a collaborative, diverse, supportive, and intellectually stimulating environment. The fellowship will provide ample opportunities for the successful candidate to develop essential skills in experimental design, computational methods, scientific writing, and public presentations.


Candidates from a range of backgrounds will be considered, including backgrounds in biology, psychology, computer science, machine vision, neuroscience, and cognitive science. Ideally, candidates would have expertise in at least two of the following areas: color science (colorimetry, image analysis); psychophysics; computer programming (Matlab, Java script, Java, UNIX); animal training; neural recording; analysis of neurophysiological single-unit data; functional MRI (in humans or non-human animals); and computational modeling.

The position requires a PhD and candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Salaries will be based on experience and the NIH post-doctoral scale.

To Apply:

Please contact Bevil Conway ( Informal inquiries are welcome. To apply, please send a CV, a brief statement of your research or career goals, and names (and email addresses) of two or three references.

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