Postdoctoral Associate – Plasticity following sensory loss – Western University

The Neuroplasticity in Sensory Systems Lab ( at Western University is seeking a postdoctoral associate interested in how profound hearing loss gives rise to reorganized function in ‘auditory’ cortex. This may involve optogenetic/pharmacological methods to manipulate neural projections between brain areas, and the use of fiber photometry, extracellular electrophysiology and/or behaviour to quantify the effects. Previous experience in one or more of these approaches is considered an asset. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to develop independent projects that build upon the laboratory’s ongoing work.

Our lab is in the Department of Psychology and the Brain and Mind Institute, and is part of highly- productive and interdisciplinary group of researchers spanning a wide breadth of topics in cognitive neuroscience. We strongly value the principles of open science, and collaboration across labs and departments is highly encouraged; the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with established collaborators, and to form new partnerships. Our group is firmly committed to the support of equity, diversity, and inclusivity in neuroscience, and applications from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in neuroscience, psychology, physiology, or a related discipline, with evidence of the ability to conduct independent research. In addition, quantitative and programming skills in Python, MATLAB or similar are expected. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with animal care staff and will be expected to complete training in and participate actively in animal handling as required for data collection. That said, previous experience with animal work is not mandatory.

Funding is available for two years with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Blake Butler ( and provide the following:

  1. A cover letter describing your current research, and interest in our lab
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Names and contact information for 2 references