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Postdoctoral Associate in Auditory Neuroscience (Macias Lab)

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061

Job Description

The Laboratory of Auditory Neurophysiology at Virginia Tech has an opening for a postdoctoral position in auditory neuroscience. The position will last for two years. The research project aims to describe the cortical circuits responsible for auditory object recognition and the production of vocalizations using echolocating bats as a model.

Our lab investigates the neural mechanisms in the cortex responsible for auditory-vocal integration. We employ a multi-disciplinary approach that includes bioacoustics, behavioral training, multi-electrode electrophysiology, and modeling to understand the role of the auditory cortex to process complex natural sounds and its connections with vocal production centers. We use an auditory specialist, echolocating bats, making it possible to directly measure how auditory perception of complex sounds is altered when discreet cell types within auditory cortical microcircuits are reversibly manipulated. The position also will involve many opportunities for professional development.

Interested applicants should apply online at Please include a current Curriculum Vitae, Research Statement and contact information of three(3) references. Please, visit the lab website at Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Silvio Macias at to discuss the position.

Required Qualifications

* Ph.D. in neuroscience, biology, physics, engineering, or related field. Ph.D. must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one-year eligibility remaining.
* Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a scientific team.

Preferred Qualifications

* Programming skills (e.g. MatLab or Phyton).
* Experience with in vivo electrophysiology and acoustics.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

$55,000 - $60,000

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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