Postdoctoral Associate

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Work type: Post Doc Associate
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Computer Science, Engineering
Department:19050000 - EG-ELECTRICAL / COMPUTER ENG

Classification Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Job Description:

The Hebert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida

The Oweiss lab at the University of Florida is seeking highly-motivated candidates for a postdoctoral position. The chosen candidate will conduct research focused on studying basic mechanisms of sensorimotor integration in healthy and pathological brain states and translate this knowledge to clinical applications of movement and cognitive disorders. Current projects funded by NIH include:

  1. Using multi-photon microscopy and optogenetic techniques to monitor and perturb neural circuits at cellular and subcellular resolution in awake behaving mice to investigate mechanisms of neural plasticity during learning Brain Machine Interface (BMI) control, sensory- and memory-guided navigation in virtual reality environments.
  2. Using chronic deep brain recording and stimulation (DBR/DBS) in human subjects to characterize neurophysiological signatures of motor control in thalamic nuclei and use these biomarkers to provide closed loop control of DBS therapy to alleviate pathological symptoms of essential tremor.     

The position will focus on carrying out experiments to record and analyze brain activity in the presence and absence of targeted stimulation. The candidate will receive training on data analysis and machine learning (ML) techniques to guide the optimization of stimulation parameters in animal (optogenetics) and human (electrical) studies. Candidates will publish peer-reviewed journal articles and help mentor graduate students carrying out experiments. 

University of Florida: Over the past 10 years, the State of Florida invested over 1.5 billion dollars to advance the University of Florida. UF research expenditures averaged over $950M per year over the last 3 years. As a result, UF is now the 5th ranked public university in America (US News & World Report). The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, The SHANDS Hospital, and the College of Medicine, all in close proximity, foster cross-college, highly interdisciplinary collaborations. The city of Gainesville is a university town with a relatively low cost of living, a high quality of life, and a location ~2 hours from 3 major cities (Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville). University of Florida counts among its greatest strengths — and a major component of its excellence – that it values broad diversity in its faculty, students, and staff and creates a robust, inclusive and welcoming climate for learning, research and other work. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Expected Salary:

Contingent upon experience.

Minimum Requirements:

A PhD in Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering or related fields is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Desirable skills may include any of the following: single and/or population neural recording, two-photon imaging/optogenetic control in awake behaving mice, or machine learning/computational neuroscience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For consideration, submit a CV and the names and contact information of three professional references as a single PDF file attachment to application and addressed to:

Karim G. Oweiss, Ph.D. 

Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience and Neurology 

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, The McKnight Brain Institute and The Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Disorders

This position is open until filled.  Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Health Assessment Required: No


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