Post-doctoral Fellowship in Visual Neuroscience

Country: Brazil;

City: São Paulo

Vacancy added: 09.05.2019

Employer: São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)

Resumes due: 15.06.2019


Field of knowledge: Psychology

FAPESP process: 2014/26818-2

Project title: Development and Implementation of Visual Evaluation Methods: Clinical Applications and Animal Models

Working area: Visual Neuroscience

Number of places: 1

Principal investigator: Dora Selma Fix Ventura

Unit/Institution: Departamento de Psicologia Experimental, Instituto de Psicologia da Universidade de São Paulo

Deadline for submissions: 2019-06-15

Publishing date: 2019-05-02

Locale: Avenida Professor Mello Moraes, 1721 - Bloco A, sala D9, São Paulo

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A post-doctoral fellowship is available in the laboratory of Professor Dora Fix Ventura at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, to study anomalous trichromacy in humans and non-humans by the means of a computerized color discrimination test and genetic analysis of the opsin gene. Our research team includes basic scientists and clinicians dedicated to the study of visual and perception differences and their clinical implications. Our group holds a long-term partnership with the Federal University of Pará where the non-human experiments take place and therefore the candidate should spend some time working in Belém (state of Pará, Northern Brazil). The candidate will be expected to plan, design and conduct research experiments; manage research projects; prepare reports and papers for publication and presentation.

The project is funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). The laboratory has an excellent infrastructure and a multidisciplinary team to collaborate in the study. Candidates must have a recent Ph.D. in Sciences in a topic related to Neuroscience and Genomics with prior experience and published papers. Previous experience with behavioral conditioning in non-human primates is a plus.

Individuals with a recent Ph.D. and strong background in animal conditioning and molecular analysis are encouraged to apply. Interested individuals should send CV and cover letter to Dr. Dora Fix Ventura via email (

Desired skills and experience

• Computerized color vision discrimination test experience;
• Non-human primate handling and positive reinforcement conditioning experience;
• Direct DNA sequencing;
• Molecular biology analysis;
• Availability for traveling to a different state to the partner's facilities;
• Passion, dedication and scientific curiosity. 

About the employer

The Vision Lab in the Experimental Psychology department of the University of São Paulo is a fully equipped laboratory which holds a multidisciplinary team in one of the most important universities in Latin America. Located in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, it is well served of public services and entertainment with moderate temperatures almost all year round. The partner laboratory – where the non-human primates are housed in the Experimental School of Primates in the Center for Behavioral Theory and Research in the University of Pará, located in the Northern region of Brazil – features a group of scientists renowned for animal conditioning. It is located in a region of abundant flora and fauna and tropical weather.

This opportunity is open to candidates of any nationalities. The selected candidate will receive a FAPESP’s Post-Doctoral fellowship in the amount of R$ 7,373.10 monthly and a research contingency fund, equivalent to 15% of the annual value of the fellowship which should be spent in items directly related to the research activity.

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