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Postdoctoral Position on Plasticity of Electrical Transmission
A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the Department of Neuroscience of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, New York). As in chemical synapses, electrical synapses represent true synaptic structures that undergo modifications of their synaptic strength. Plastic changes of electrical synapses play important functional roles by reconfiguring neural networks. We investigate these properties at identifiable mixed synapses on the larval zebrafish Mauthner cell, at which detailed molecular mechanisms are been investigated by combining powerful genetic manipulations with in-vivo imaging, electrophysiology and time-resolved ultrastructural analysis. The laboratory is focused on understanding 1) the molecular complexity of the structures underlying electrical synaptic communication (neuronal gap junctions) at these synapses, and 2) the ultimate molecular mechanisms that are responsible for changes of their synaptic strength. We are seeking for highly motivated individuals with strong background in cellular neurophysiology, imaging and/or the zebrafish model who are interested in joining our efforts.
The Department of Neuroscience provides an excellent environment for scientific research, including exceptional core facilities in optical imaging, genomics, proteomics, optogenetics and behavior.
Applications, including a detailed CV, should be submitted to Dr. Alberto Pereda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cachope R., Mackie K., Triller A., O’Brien J. and Pereda A. Potentiation of electrical and glutamatergic synaptic transmission mediated by endocannabinoids. Neuron, 56, pp. 1034-1047, 2007.
Rash J.E., Curti S., Davidson K.G.V., Nannapaneni S., Palacios-Prado N., Flores C., Yasumura T., O'Brien J., Bukauskas F., Nagy J.I. and Pereda A. Molecular and functional asymmetry at a vertebrate electrical synapse. Neuron, 79, pp. 957-969, 2013.
Pereda A. Electrical synapses and their interactions with chemical synapses. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 15, pp. 250-263, 2014.
Yao C., Davidson K., Delfiner M., Eddy V., Lucaci A., Soto-Riveros C., Yasumura T., Rash J.E. and Pereda A. Electrical synaptic transmission in developing zebrafish: properties and molecular composition of gap junctions at a central auditory synapse. Journal of Neurophysiology, 112, pp. 2102-2113, 2014.
Miller A. and Pereda A. The electrical synapse: Molecular complexities at the gap and beyond. Developmental Neurobiology, 77, pp. 562-574, 2017.
Alcamí P. and Pereda A. Beyond plasticity: the dynamic impact of electrical synapses on neural circuits. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, in press.
(posted March 7, 2019)
Full-Time Program Coordinator
The University of Cincinnati has been awarded an NSF ITEST grant ($1.2 mil/3 yrs), and we seek a full-time program coordinator. The grant creates a model curriculum for increasing interest among HS students, from underrepresented groups, in STEM fields. It will focus on students from several Cincinnati public schools, and the curriculum will be based around the interface between sensory guidance of animals, and sensory guidance of robots. It would be great for someone with neuroethology-ish background wanting to go into a teaching position or a science education-related career.
Interested and qualified candidates must complete our online application (Search Requisition#36644). Any questions please contact Dr. Stephanie M. Rollmann via email at email@example.com.
We will begin reviewing applications as they are received and continue to accept and review applications until the position has been filled.
(posted March 6, 2019)
NIH-Funded Postdoctoral Position in Ascidian (Ciona) Behavior and Neurocircuitry Neuroscience Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara
A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. William Smith
. Research in this new focus area for the lab will investigate the behavior and neural circuity of the primitive chordate Ciona (publications: PMC5963834; and https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/514422v1). Ascidians, like Ciona, occupy the unique evolutionary position of being the closest invertebrate relatives of the vertebrates. This close evolutionary relationship of Ciona and vertebrates is reflected in the structure of larval Ciona CNS. Despite this similarity, the Ciona larval CNS contains only 177 neurons. While the Ciona larval CNS has been the subject of investigation for many years, new research opportunities have opened with the recent completion of the Ciona tadpole CNS connectome. We are seeking highly motivated and creative applicants to work on this emerging model. We seek applicants with expertise in various areas, including: calcium imaging of neural activity (and other advanced imaging methods), electrophysiology, quantitative behavioral assays, and modeling.
Interested applicants please provide short description of research experience and interests. Please provide CV and up to three references.
Phone: (805) 729-3839
(posted February 12, 2019)
Post-Doc position in the neural basis of predation in the Wardill and Flysy Labs
Position available for a postdoctoral researcher to lead a project investigating the neural basis of decision making in predatory aerial insects. An ideal candidate will be one with extensive experience in quantifying and testing insect behavior in model and non-model species, in the laboratory and in the field. Necessary skills include coding (C++ or Python) to improve and develop a closed loop stimulation system. Preferably, the candidate will also have electrophysiology/functional imaging experience, and the motivation to carry out technically challenging experiments. The candidate must be extremely motivated to learn such a range of techniques. The postdoc will also be expected to write their own fellowship applications, mentor students, and communicate their work both within the science community and via public outreach.
To carry out the outlined duties, the successful candidate will have access to state of the art equipment, including high speed cameras, 2-photon/confocal microscope, internal flight arena and intra-/extra-cellular rigs. In addition to the opportunity to join other lab members in at least one fieldwork trip per year, and if research goals are met, support to attend 1 international conference per year.
The successful candidate will be mentored jointly by PT. Gonzalez-Bellido and T. Wardill, who lead 2 groups with a cohesive and supportive environment. The labs are located in the EEB Department, at the U. Minnesota (St Paul). Initial appointment will be for one year, with possibility to extend for an additional year pending availability of funds, performance, and project needs.
Prospective candidates can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Reviews of applications will begin on the 15th of Feb. In addition, Candidates can apply by:
1) Visiting https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs
2) Click on the tab in the center of the page that corresponds to their situation
3) Search Job ID# 328653 - Postdoctoral Associate
(posted February 5, 2019)
Postdoc positions in Insect/Butterfly vision research at SOKENDAI Japan
A few post-doctoral positions are immediately available in the Arikawa lab, Department of Evolutionary Studies of Biosystems, SOKENDAI-Hayama, Japan. The Arikawa lab studies butterfly vision by combining various experimental methods including neurophysiology, molecular biology, anatomy and computer simulation. Those who are interested in should visit this website link for application details.
Any questions are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org
(posted January 30, 2019)
PhD Opportunity: Morphology of the inner ear in cartilaginous fishes
This PhD is part of a larger research grant to investigate directional hearing in fishes that cannot detect the pressure component of the sound field. The objective of this PhD will be to quantify morphological differences in the inner ear across a diverse range of shark species, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and florescent microscopy techniques.Postdoctoral Position for Large-Scale Recording in a Small-Brain Model System
This project will be in collaboration with Dr Kara Yopak at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), who is a world leading expert in using MR technology for imaging shark sensory systems. This project will be based out of the University of Auckland, but will also require the student to spend some time with Dr. Yopak at UNCW acquiring MR image data.
For more information see: University of Auckland
(posted January 14, 2019)
Postdoctoral research position to examine loci of non-synaptic plasticity and synaptic plasticity in an established in vitro analogue of operant conditioning (OC) of feeding behavior in Aplysia
(Baxter and Byrne, 2006). To date, published studies have examined only five of the ~100 neurons and none of the hundreds of synaptic connections that comprise the neural circuit. To address this shortcoming, large-scale voltage-sensitive dye (VSD) recordings (Neveu et al., 2017), in combination with intracellular recordings, will be used to identify OC-induced changes in activity and synaptic properties in a substantial proportion of the neurons in the circuit. In addition, these studies will examine the extent to which short- and long-term memory share common loci and plasticity mechanisms.
We are located within the Texas Medical Center and its very rich and collaborative neuroscience community including Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Houston.
Applications are encouraged from individuals with backgrounds in imaging and electrophysiological recording techniques and experience with MATLAB. Please submit a current résumé, cover letter and contact information for three references as a single file attachment to John.email@example.com.
(posted January 10, 2019)
Group Leaders in Development Biology & Neuroscience
The Institute of Biology of the École Normale Supérieure (IBENS)
is seeking to recruit 2 or 3 group leaders in Developmental Biology and Neuroscience.
Located in the heart of Paris, IBENS develops advanced and original studies in Life Sciences aiming at discovering basic mechanisms and principles that underlie biological processes. IBENS is part of the Department of Biology of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), and is also affiliated to CNRS and INSERM. It hosts 28 research teams organized into four main research axes: Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, Functional Genomics and Ecology & Evolution. Research performed at IBENS is highly collaborative and multiscale, and combines both experimental and theoretical approaches. Multidisciplinarity is reinforced by local collaborations with other ENS departments as well as with several nearby top research institutions (Curie Institute, Collège de France, ESPCI Paris Tech…). As part of ENS, IBENS scientists have strong links with higher-education teaching and training both at undergraduate and graduate levels.
We are looking for outstanding candidates developing ambitious research programs with the potential to interact with and complement the existing strengths of IBENS. The Developmental Biology section
will recruit one or two group leaders at junior and/or senior levels. Interest in the nervous system will be appreciated, although not mandatory. The Neuroscience section
seeks one junior group leader, research projects on the molecular and cellular aspects of neurobiology will be considered with particular interest.
IBENS hosts state-of-the-art facilities, including advanced imaging, genomics, bioinformatics and protein production platforms, as well as several plant and animal housing facilities (including for rodents and zebrafish).
Applications should include a CV and a summary of scientific achievements (max 2 pages) and proposed research program (max 2 pages). In addition, three letters of recommendation should be emailed directly to the same address. IBENS is committed to a transparent, open and merit-based recruitment policy and encourages women to apply.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: March 1st 2019
Applications and information requests should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Shortlisted applicants will be notified early April 2019 and interviews will be conducted in June 2019.
(posted January 10, 2019)
Tenure-Track Position in Systems Neuroscience - University of Ottawa
The Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa is hiring a tenure-track assistant professor in systems neuroscience. We are particularly interested in candidates who combine experimental and computational approaches to study the neural mechanisms of animal behaviour.
(posted December 12, 2018)
Application deadline is January 30, 2019
For details, please see https://www.uottawa.ca/vice-president-academic/faculty-relations/faculty-recruitment/openings (under the Faculty of Science, Department of Biology tab).
Specific questions can be directed to email@example.com
Science Fellows in Frontiers of Science - Columbia University
Frontiers of Science is a one-semester course that integrates modern science into the Core Curriculum of Columbia College in order to introduce exciting scientific ideas and inculcate scientific habits of mind. The program will appoint a number of post-doctoral fellows in the natural sciences for the academic year 2019-2020. We invite applications from qualified candidates who have received or expect to receive the Ph.D. before June 30, 2019 and have demonstrated teaching experience. Columbia Science Fellows hold the rank of Lecturer in Discipline in an appropriate natural science department. The fellowship is renewable for a second and third year based on satisfactory performance.
Fellows teach two once-per-week seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, participate in the curriculum development for the course, including course-wide assessments, and carry out research at Columbia. In addition to teaching and research, the Fellows engage in the intellectual life of the department of affiliation. A competitive salary is supplemented by an annual research allowance.
For more information on the program, please contact Jessica Cubas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-851-9814
Deadline for applications is January 15, 2019.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
(posted December 6, 2018)
Computational Biology Assistant Professor - University of Cincinnati
The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a tenure-track position in Computational Biology at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin fall semester 2019. We seek a colleague who develops and uses computational techniques to address fundamental questions in biology. We expect candidates’ research programs to integrate theory with empirical study.
The successful candidate will contribute to the mission of the department by developing an innovative, externally funded research program, teaching courses at the graduate and undergraduate level based on the candidate’s area of experience, and contributing to the department through service. Because the department is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive campus community, we are seeking candidates with an interest working with a diverse range of students.
The Department of Biological Sciences is a collegial, collaborative group of researchers and educators. The Department has a longstanding commitment to the integration of theory and practice, and has strengths in Sensory Biology, Behavior, and Evolution (SBBE) and Environmental Change and Biological Resilience (ECBR). We inhabit a newly renovated building with modern offices and labs and a new greenhouse. The UC Center for Field Studies provides researchers with field opportunities only a short 25 minute drive from campus. Our department has strong collaborative associations with the Neuroscience program, UC Digital Scholarship Center, US EPA, Cincinnati Children's’ Hospital, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati Public Schools, and other institutions providing opportunities for collaborative research, education and outreach. The Ohio Supercomputing Center provides researchers a state of the art computing environment with a current peak performance of 1,048 teraflops and >5 petabytes of storage. UC is working with Jetstream to develop research and education workflows, and has the UC ScienceNet, an academic network that enables high-speed (10Gps-40Gps) data transfer, in addition to several other High-Computing Resources on campus.
The University of Cincinnati is a premier, public, urban research university, and is ranked as one of America’s top 26 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. U.S. News has ranked UC in the Top Tier of America’s Best Colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls UC a “research heavyweight”. Forbes, Delta Sky and Travel + Leisure magazines have named UC one of the most beautiful campuses. Cincinnati is a vibrant city on the banks of the Ohio River. The region is home to year-round cultural and entertainment activities. The Hamilton County Parks system provides extensive opportunities for outdoor activities.
Minimum Qualifications: A PhD is required for this position. Applications must be submitted online (search requisition #34746). To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation using the additional documents feature in our application system. As part of the process, the applicant will be asked to provide a separate one-page statement addressing how the candidate’s past or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance UC’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence. Review of applications will begin December 7th and continue until the position is filled. FOR ALL FACULTY HIRES OFFICIAL ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF HIRE.
The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement. As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).
(posted November 20, 2018)
The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.
Postdoc position available in the songbird lab at the OIST Graduate University and the University of Tokyo, Japan
Yazaki-Sugiyama labs at OIST Graduate University
and the International Research Center for Neurointelligence (WPI-IRCN) at the University of Tokyo are interested in how the early developmental stage sensory experiences shape neuronal circuits in the brain and guide the later development of higher cognitive function by using bird song learning, as well as how the time window of song learning is regulated. We are now seeking productive and motivated Post-Doctoral researchers who are interested in neuronal mechanism for controlling auditory experience guided song learning in either of place.
We are mainly using electrophysiological method as well as newly developed viral vectors, also are always interested and motivated for incorporating new techniques. Please look up the website at OIST for a comprehensive position description and application instructions
, and University of Tokyo
for the details and contact me (yazaki-sugiyama#oist.jp
(please replace # with @ before sending)) if you are interested (also help me for spreading the words to your friends!).
(posted November 14, 2018)
Postdoctoral Researcher in Insect/Bee Neuroscience
The Oxford University Bee Laboratory in the Department of Zoology is offering a 1 year full-time Postdoctoral position (with the possibility of extension for an additional 2 years) to study gustatory coding in bee species. The overall goal of the project is to characterise how populations of bee gustatory neurons respond to mixtures of sugars and potentially toxic compounds found in floral nectar. In collaboration with the lab of Dr Mark Stopfer (US National Institute of Health), this project will use multichannel extracellular recording techniques to study populations of gustatory neurons projecting from the bee’s mouthparts in the buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) and the honeybee (Apis mellifera). The postholder will also work with another PDRA to identify how gustatory input drives feeding behaviour. This post is part of an active and interdisciplinary research group – the lab of Professor Geraldine Wright – who work on the physiology and behaviour of bee species.
This post is ideally suited to applicants with a PhD/DPhil in biology or neuroscience where the candidate has experience making multichannel recordings and handling data from multichannel recordings. The ideal candidate will have experience recording from insect chemosensory neurons with skills in data analysis including spike sorting. Candidates with strong scientific writing skills (in English) will be preferred.
For questions about this position please contact the PI via email (email@example.com). Further particulars, including details of how to apply, can be obtained from the document below. Applications for this vacancy should be made online and you will required to upload your CV and supporting statement as part of your application.
The closing date for this position is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 12 December 2018
(posted November 13, 2018)
Postdoctoral Researcher in Insect/Bee Behaviour
The Oxford University Bee Laboratory in the Department of Zoology is offering a full-time 1 year postdoctoral position (with the possibility of extension for an additional 1 - 2 years) to study bee feeding behaviour. The overall goal of the project is to characterize the structure of feeding of the bee’s mouthparts. This project will make high speed recordings of bee behaviour with the aim of identifying how the bee’s mouthparts are driven in response to chemical components of floral nectar, including potential toxins. This post is part of an active and interdisciplinary research group – the lab of Professor Geraldine Wright – who work on the physiology and behaviour of bee species.
This post is ideally suited to applicants with a PhD/DPhil in biology with an emphasis in neuroethology and/or behaviour where the candidate has experience working with insects to study their behaviour. The ideal candidate will have experience observing from insect chemosensory behaviour with skills in using specialist software (e.g. Noldus Observer) and high speed cameras. Candidates with strong scientific writing skills (in English) will be preferred. For questions about this position please contact the PI via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Further particulars, including details of how to apply, can be obtained from the document below. Applications for this vacancy should be made online and you will required to upload your CV and supporting statement as part of your application.
The closing date for this position is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 12 December 2018.
(posted November 13, 2018)
Associate / Full Professor in Integrative Physiology
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (http://ecoevo.bio.uci.edu) invites applications for a faculty position at the level of Associate or Full Professor in the field of integrative physiology. We seek applicants who have established a laboratory that investigates the physiology of animals at multiple levels of organization with extramural support. The successful candidate is expected to build an independent, externally funded research program leading to innovations in the understanding of physiology. The candidate will also contribute to teaching and mentoring at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
We are particularly interested in individuals with research that uses an integrative approach to investigate physical activity, exercise, or locomotion at the organismal level. This includes, but is not restricted to, the following areas: Behavioral Neurophysiology, Biomechanics, Physiological Genomics, Metabolomics, and Cardiopulmonary Physiology. The ideal candidate will complement existing strengths at UCI. The cluster of physiology faculty at UCI have a long-standing tradition of excellence in comparative physiology and anticipate future growth, particularly in areas related to physical activity, exercise, and locomotion. UCI hosts centers and initiatives with related interests including the Center for Complex Biological Systems, the Center for Exercise Medicine and Sports Sciences, the Beckman Laser Institute, and the UCI Microbiome Initiative.
The School of Biological Sciences is recognized as a national leader in the development of programs designed to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities (http://port.bio.uci.edu/about/) and is firmly committed to the ideals of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Career partners programs are available to meet the needs of dual-career academic partners. Subsidized faculty and staff housing and a Mortgage Origination Program are offered to facilitate the purchase of a home. UC Irvine (https://uci.edu/) is located 10 minutes from the coast and is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The city of Irvine is home to excellent parks, schools, entertainment opportunities, and a diverse citizenry.
UC Irvine offers an excellent salary, incentive and benefit program. Faculty rank and compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
To apply, please log onto UC Irvine’s RECRUIT. Review of applications will begin January 11, 2019. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be directed to the search chair, Matt McHenry (email@example.com).
Application Procedure: Applicants should complete an online application profile and upload the following application materials electronically to be considered for this position: curriculum vitae, cover letter, reprints of 3-5 relevant publications, and the names and contact information for 3 referees. Letters of reference are not required for the application, but will be requested for applicants under serious consideration by the search committee. In addition, the following statements are required and will be closely examined:
Research Statement (3 pages). This statement should:
1. Detail the candidate’s specific area of expertise, with a description of their contributions to the field.
2. Provide a detailed plan of their future independent research program, and how this program will be leveraged to obtain extramural funding.
3. Indicate how the candidate’s research program will synergize with the research environment at UCI.
Teaching Statement (1 page). This statement should:
1. Indicate the candidate’s teaching experiences to date, including experience with teaching/lecturing to undergraduates/graduate students, or other populations, as well as their areas of interest. This should also include mentorship that they have given to others in the line of research or outreach activities.
2. Detail the candidate’s teaching approaches and philosophies, as to how they will engage in effective teaching strategies.
3. Provide evidence (if any) of effectiveness of previous teaching.
Diversity Statement (1 page). The UC Statement on Diversity is available here. Applicants will be evaluated on their required statements of their contribution to diversity. This statement should:
1. Indicate how the candidate has demonstrated awareness of the issues faced by historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged groups and the benefits of a diverse and inclusive faculty.
2. Provide evidence (if any) of the candidate’s track record and success in activities aimed at reducing barriers in education or research for underrepresented of disadvantaged groups.
3. Detail specific plans (if any) to contribute through campus programs, new activities, or through national or off-campus organizations.
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. As a recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.
(posted October 31, 2018)