Research Scientist VI/Psychiatrist I

New York State Psychiatry Institute New York, NY
The Research Scientist will conduct studies concerning the biological basis of how conceptual memories are formed, how such memories influence processing of emotionally significant stimuli, and how these mechanisms relate to the cognitive regulation of emotion. The work involves training non-human primates to perform sophisticated cognitive tasks in which they form novel concepts, and they use these concepts to guide their behavior and emotions. The activity of large numbers of simultaneously recorded neurons will be measured in the rhinal cortices, hippocampus, amygdala and pre-frontal cortex. State-of-the-art analytic tools adapted from machine learning and statistical methods of dimensionality reduction will be used to analyze data. Modern chemogenic and optogenetic approaches complement this work to the test hypotheses with casual manipulations of neural activity. Overall, the studies will elucidate brain mechanisms that become dysfunctional in psychiatric disorders, and thereby provide insights critical to new treatment development. The qualified candidate will work collaboratively with Drs. Fusi, Goldberg, and Salzman to accomplish these goals.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Research Scientist will be expected to design, conduct and analyze electrophysiological and behavioral studies to probe the function of neural circuits in vivo in non-human primates trained to perform sophisticated cognitive/emotional tasks. The candidate will also be responsible for making public presentations of the work, for preparing manuscripts, and for applying for grants.

Minimum Qualifications: M.D. with post-graduate training as a psychiatrist and at least four years of experience conducting post-doctoral research in neurobiology with a strong background in non-human primate behavior and electrophysiology. Must be organized, work well with others, capable of working with minimal supervision, and proficient in Matlab.

Preferred Qualifications: Strong publication track record. Strong record of receiving research funding.

To Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter by July 18, 2018 on our website at https://nyspi.applicantpro.com/jobs/ . Only applications submitted through our website will be considered.

The Research Foundation is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. Excellent Benefits Package. Employer/Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran Employer. VEVRAA 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.

Depending on the physical work location and/or job duties, the successful candidate may be required to be screened through the NY State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs and/or screening through the New York State Central Child Abuse Register prior to assuming any duties that will involve contact with patients and/or children.