Positions in the lab
We're actively looking for inquisitive individuals to join our team.
Postdoctoral Researchers (Research Associate)
Job Decription: The laboratory of Dr. Amy Orsborn at the University of Washington is recruiting one or more postdoctoral research fellows to study neural mechanisms of motor skill learning and develop next-generation brain-machine interfaces. The laboratory works at the intersection of engineering and neuroscience to develop therapies for neurological movement disorders. The laboratory specializes in studying neural interfaces as adaptive closed-loop systems that engage neural plasticity and adaptation. The lab explores engineering approaches to leverage neural adaptation for system performance, and uses neural interfaces as a tool to study neural mechanisms of learning at the systems level. The postdoctoral researcher will use state of the art techniques in systems neuroscience for studying neural circuits—optogenetics, multi-scale, multi-modal neural measurements/manipulations, large-scale recordings, wireless in-cage recordings, closed-loop adaptive interfaces—to study motor learning and develop novel brain-machine interfaces for motor control in non-human primates. Candidates will be heavily involved with all aspects of research, from conceptualization through publication, and will have opportunities to mentor undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students. Salary will follow or exceed NIH guidelines commensurate with training and experience.
Dr. Orsborn joined the University of Washington in the fall of 2018 as the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Bioengineering. Her lab is part of the Washington National Primate Research Center, the Center for Neurotechnology, the University of Washington Institute of Neuroengineering, and the Computational Neuroscience Center. The candidate will benefit from the vibrant multi-disciplinary community of neuroscientists, engineers, data scientists, mathematicians, and clinicians at UW.
Requirements: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in bioengineering, electrical engineering, neuroscience, or a related field. Experience with computer programming (Matlab, C, and/or Python), animal behavioral training, and experimental neurophysiology is preferred. Candidates with strong experience in computational domains but limited experimental experience (who are motivated to collaborate with experimentalists and learn techniques) will also be considered.
Application instructions: Interested applicants should send a brief description of why they're interested in working in the lab and existing research experience, a curriculum vitae (CV) and contact information for two or more references to Dr. Orsborn at aorsborn [at] uw [dot] edu. Including "[aolabs PDF app]" in the subject is appreciated to facilitate faster responses.
Those interested in the position who are also attending the Society for Neuroscience 2019 meeting should contact Dr. Orsborn to schedule an informational interview during the conference.
Those interested in working in the lab for their PhD research can apply to one of several UW graduate programs, including Electrical & Computer Engineering, Bioengineering, and Neuroscience. Electrical & Computer Engineering and Bioengineering programs also offer opportunities for master's-level research.
Prospective graduate students interested in learning more about current projects in the lab can send a brief email with 1) a description of their interests and 2) a curriculum vitae (CV) to Dr. Orsborn at aorsborn [at] uw [dot] edu. Including "[aolabs grad app]" in the subject is appreciated to facilitate faster responses.
Undergraduate students at UW interested in working in our lab should complete this web form (only accessible w/ UW email) to apply. After completing the application, Dr. Orsborn will reach out to you if there are opportunities that match your interests.