Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Post doctoral opportunities -- UC Irvine, Steve Small Lab

From Steve Small...

Dear Colleague,

As many of you know, I have recently moved from The University of Chicago to the University of California, Irvine, and along with Dr. Ana Solodkin, am rebuilding the laboratory to continue the study of the fundamental neurobiology of language as well as the systems neuroscience of stroke recovery, with special emphasis on mathematical and computational modeling of imaging and physiological data.

We are in need of promising junior scientists interested in either one of these areas. In neurobiology of language, any strong candidate with serious interest in fundamental neuroscience questions about language, including (but not restricted to) comprehension, production, lexical semantics, sentential semantics, syntax, phonology, motor function, or effects in aging or aphasia, is encouraged to apply.

In stroke recovery, neural plasticity, and neural repair, we are particularly seeking candidates with strong backgrounds in applied mathematics, such as physics, mathematics, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, and related fields, but also a strong interest in neuroscience. This work involves building computer models of human brain function, as measured by a variety of techniques, aiming at prediction of recovery, choice of therapy, and related questions. This work is highly linked to our international collaboration with the Brain Network Recovery Group.

All work involves using functional MRI, DTI, event-related EEG, sleep EEG, and/or TMS to study the human brain and to uncover the underlying mechanisms of neural processing of language and/or motor systems in health and disease. These positions are funded by a combination of the National Institutes of Health, the McDonnell Foundation, the University of California, Irvine, and/or other funds. Of course, candidates with independent funding will be given special consideration.

Please ask promising candidates to contact me directly with a CV and an informal statement of interest. Please let others in your Department and/or Institution know of these opportunities. Start dates for these positions are negotiable, although preference will be given to earlier dates.


Best regards,


Steven L. Small, Ph.D., M.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Neurology

Professor Emeritus of Neurology and Psychology
The University of Chicago

Main Office and Mailing Address:
Department of Neurology
101 The City Drive South
Building 53, Room 204
Orange CA 92868-3201
+1-714-456-7352 (main)
+1-714-456-1697 (fax)

Laboratory and Research Office:
Room 3226
Biological Sciences III
Irvine CA 92697-4545

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