Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity at Harvard Medical School in Physiologic Dynamics and Sleep Regulation
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Harvard Medical School
Open until filled
Our group focuses on understanding physiologic dynamics and the mechanisms of control and interaction of physiological systems, where we utilize concepts and methods from statistical physics and nonlinear dynamics. Our studies have shown that physiologic fluctuations carry important information of diagnostic and prognostic value, and that physiological systems are controlled by feedback mechanisms and exhibit emergent properties across space and time scales, similar to certain physical systems characterized by scale-invariant behavior. We investigate how physiologic dynamics change under different physiologic states (such as sleep stages, circadian phases, levels of physical activity) and under pathologic perturbations. Our research encompasses several physiologic systems, separately and in their interaction – from the cellular and molecular length scales to the system level – with the aim to understand how the macroscopic signal outputs emerge from intrinsic microscopic interactions.
We seek a post-doctoral fellow to join our team who will participate in ongoing projects on physiologic and brain dynamics related to sleep and sleep-stage transitions, and to develop new research initiatives. These projects will primarily involve analysis of multi-channel recordings with focus on empirical findings, as well as modeling the role of different neuronal groups in sleep regulation applying novel complex networks approaches.
The Division of Sleep Medicine is interdisciplinary, with members from backgrounds in physiology, psychology, medicine, applied mathematics and physics, and the successful candidate will be encouraged to collaborate within and outside the Division as they pursue their research interests. The rich environment of the Division of Sleep Medicine ( http://sleep.med.harvard.edu ) offers many opportunities for career development and education.
The candidate will have knowledge of data processing, nonlinear time series analysis and networks modeling. A background in physics or biomedical engineering is desirable. The initial appointment will be for 1 year, renewable annually thereafter.
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references in electronic format to:
Plamen Ch. Ivanov, PhD, DSc
Division of Sleep Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
221 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Email: PIVANOV@partners.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
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