[Physci_undergrad] FW: Job Posting.
gergel at physci.ucla.edu
Thu May 25 16:05:56 PDT 2006
Locomotion Neurophysiology Assistant Scientist
Behavioral and Electrophysiological studies on the descending control of
Our project investigates how brain function changes as rats recover from
spinal cord injury. You will evoke limb movements in anesthetized rats
through focal brain stimulation and record/analyze the resulting locomotor
behavior. Your biological role will include handling rats, anesthetizing
while maintaining vital signs, selecting target coordinates, performing
surgeries to access the brain, stereotaxically positioning stimulating
electrodes into the brain, inserting electromyographic electrodes
transcutaneously and performing transcardial perfusion. This project,
within the VR Edgerton Lab expands upon the work of refs: Sinnamon HM 1984,
Webb AA 2002, Pearson KG 2005, Thota A 2001 & 2005.
Histology work will comprise fixing tissue, sectioning, mounting, and
staining, doing video microscopy, and image processing to ascertain
Analytical work will center around the kinematic gait analysis and
processing the electromyographic (EMG) data. Intellectual contributions
will include preparing research reports for presentation, publication and
grant applications, studying literature, designing and testing apparatus.
You will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the project
as an integral member of the team.
Upper-class or degree in biology/biolmedical.
REQUIRED: Excellent hand-eye coordination, patience and meticulousness,
comfort in handling and operating on rats, excellent verbal English
communications skills. Must keep detailed records Desired: Knowledge of
musculoskeletal anatomy, brain stem anatomy and neuron function, ability to
grasp neuroscience literature. Ability to produce written, oral and/or
graphic reports, presentations, and to assist in preparing publications.
PREFERRED: Knowledge of biochemical operating and safety procedures.
Knowledge of quantitative techniques; physics, control systems, signal
processing, statistics, electronic design construction and debugging,
mechanical design and machining, software design and mathematical
Full-time permanent staff position with health care, dental and pension
. Half-time employment, for students, also an acceptable option. Flexible
schedule, some 12-14 h days required. You will be selected for your
aptitude, we will provide training in the specific techniques. A minimum 2
Contact: LarryS at ucla.edu <mailto:LarryS at ucla.edu>
Larry Silvermintz, Ph.D. |
<mailto:LarryS at ucla.edu> LarryS at ucla.edu
Research Scientist, V.R. Edgerton Lab |621 Charles E. Young Drive South
University of California Los Angeles | Los Angeles, CA 90095-1761
(310) 825-8472 office | (310) 267-2071 fax
(310) 209-6278 home
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