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Job #: F676
Posted Date: July 21, 2017
Closes On: Open Until Filled
Job Title: Research Associate - Systems Neurobiology Laboratory, Dr. John Reynolds
Status: Regular Full Time
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Laboratory/Department: Systems Neurobiology Laboratory
John Reynolds’ team is working to decipher the neural mechanisms that enable us to perceive, understand and interact with the world around us, capacities that are impaired in brain disease. The long-range goal of his laboratory is twofold: to understand the fundamental nature of the computations that are carried out by the brain and to relate these to perception and conscious awareness. Reynolds and his team tackle these questions by studying how the mammalian brain sifts through and makes sense of the immense amount of sensory information that we receive from our environment at any given moment. To study this question, they deploy a range of experimental techniques, including neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, computational modeling, visual psychophysics, two-photon microscopy and cutting-edge optogenetic techniques, which entail the use of viruses to change the DNA of neurons so that they become sensitive to light. Reynolds’ team then uses lasers to control neuronal activity in order to understand brain computations.
Position Description: A postdoctoral position funded by the NIH is immediately available in the laboratory of Professor John H. Reynolds at the Salk Institute. The postdoctoral fellow will work with Dr. Reynolds on a project combining optogenetics, computational neuroscience, multi-electrode electrophysiology, and visual psychophysics in awake non-human primates to pursue research questions concerning the relationship between neural activity and visual perception.

Research in the laboratory focuses on the neuronal mechanisms of selective attention and visual perception. The successful candidate will work closely with experimentalists to develop and refine testable models of perception and attention. The experimental tools that can be brought to bear in testing the model include: (1) a newly developed approach to primate optogenetics that enables us to modulate neuronal responses with temporal resolution on the order of milliseconds; (2) laminar recording techniques that enable us to estimate the laminar position of each neuron recorded; (3) in vivo cell typing to differentiate among neuronal types; (4) anatomical techniques to provide structural constraints on models; and (5) psychophysical techniques to link physiology to behavior.

For more information on the Reynolds Lab, please visit our webpage Reynolds Laboratory

  • Ph.D. is required.
Application Instructions:

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a current CV, a brief description of research interests and experience, and names and contact information of 3 references to Sally Ganley at

Contact Information:

John Reynolds, Ph.D.
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
10010 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037

Reynolds Laboratory Website