Company:  Confidential

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow in Cognitive Electrophysiology of Human Memory

Job Number: 75739

Location: Philadelphia, US

Job Description

We are looking for a postdoctoral scientist to join our emerging team and carry out a research program in electrophysiology. The successful applicant will collaborate with the research group of Dr. Noa Herz and Dr. Michael Sperling at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center of Thomas Jefferson University.

The purpose of the post is to conduct cutting-edge research on the neural basis of episodic memory in humans using direct brain recordings and stimulation. We are seeking to develop a memory mapping procedure to reduce the risk of memory loss following neurosurgery, as well as a direct stimulation intervention to treat memory-related disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder. We use data collected from epilepsy patients undergoing seizure monitoring at the hospital as well as patients implanted with a responsive neurostimulation system (RNS).

The successful candidate will undertake project management, analyze data and will be expected to submit publications to top journals, assist in applying for external research funding, and promote collaborations with research groups outside of Jefferson.

This post offers an excellent opportunity for those interested in state-of-the-art translational research, bridging cognitive and clinical neuroscience. The selected researcher will become an early member of an inclusive and interdisciplinary team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, and neuroscientists working to study and develop treatment interventions for memory problems in psychopathological and neurological disorders. We are closely collaborating and holding routine meetings with Prof. Michael Kahana’s research group at the University of Pennsylvania.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in analyzing electrophysiological data (either in humans or animals) and strong computing skills, including coding experience. Knowledge of machine learning methods will be an advantage.

We are located at the Center City Campus of Thomas Jefferson University (The Vickie & Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and salary will be based on the NIH postdoctoral scale.

Applicant must have a Ph.D. in neuroscience/biology/psychology/computer science or a related field. Applicants close to completion of their PhDs will also be considered where experience is directly relevant.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr. Noa Herz: [Please click the Apply button for the link or email].


Key Responsibilities:

Analyses of behavioral and intracranial data
Take initiative in the planning and conduct of research
Acquire and interpret research data and results
Ensure the validity and reliability of collected data
Prepare publications for submission in top refereed journals
Assist in the preparation of research grant proposals
Assist with designing and building experimental tasks, as well as in data collection

Required Experience:

·       Proven track record of electrophysiology research.

·       Experience in data analyses and coding (e.g., using Python/Matlab/R/C++).

·       Experience in delivering research project results, as exemplified by a track record of peer-reviewed publications.


Skills and Abilities

·       Capable of working collaboratively with neurologists and neurosurgeons in a hospital environment.

·       Exercising a high degree of initiative and demonstrating a proactive approach to work.

·       Strong quantitative background (multivariate methods such as machine learning are a plus)

·       Ability to conduct a detailed review of recent literature.

·       Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research.

·       Creative approach to problem-solving.

·       Excellent written communication skills in scientific English and the ability to write clearly and succinctly at a level       suitable for international conferences and peer-reviewed journal publications.

·       Self-motivation and ability to exercise initiative and judgment in carrying out research tasks.


Interested applicants should upload a cover letter including a statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit the advertised position), a CV, and the details of at least two referees.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, eliminating discrimination, and creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender reassignment, sex, or sexual orientation. 

Application Deadline: 2024-08-01


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