Postdoctoral Researcher to Investigate the role of sleep in synaptic plasticity

Location
Leuven, Louvain (BE)
Posted
27 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
13 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER TO INVESTIGATE THE ROLE OF SLEEP IN SYNAPTIC PLASTICITY

(ref. BAP-2019-569)

The Liu Lab (Laboratory of Sleep and Synaptic Plasticity) at the Neurosciences Dept at KU Leuven and VIB Center for Brain & Disease Research, Belgium, is seeking 1-2 highly motivated postdoc candidates to join our lab. We employ multi-disciplinary approaches, including Drosophila genetics, quantitative behavior analysis, electrophysiology, functional imaging, single-cell transcriptional profiling, and neural circuit manipulation, to understand the molecular and cellular basis of sleep and its function at the synaptic and circuit levels. Selected Publications: Tabuchi et al. Cell (2018). 175:1213-1227. Liu et al. Science (2017). 356:534-539. Liu et al. Cell (2016). 165:1347-1360. Liu et al. Neuron (2014). 82:151-166. For more information about the lab and the research environment:

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will investigate the roles of sleep in synaptic plasticity and the molecular mechanisms underlying these sleep-dependent processes in Drosophila (ERC founded project).

Profile

  • A PhD degree (or will obtain one within 12 months) in neurobiology, neural physiology, biophysics, developmental biology or any related disciplines
  • A fascination to understand complex neural systems, and enjoy performing experiments
  • Previous research experience with synaptic physiology or electrophysiology of ion channels is desirable
  • Strong technically training in patch-clamp electrophysiology or in vivo two-photon imaging is preferred
  • A computational/quantitative background with strong experience in programming (python, C++, Matlab) is a plus

Offer

  • A versatile and challenging academic position with diverse contacts in a vibrant collaborative research environment, and various opportunities to broaden your expertise
  • State-of-the-art core facilities
  • Financial support is available for at least 4 years upon successful performance
  • Starting date: the positions are immediate available - we aim for a starting date in November 2019

Interested?

For more information please contact Sha Liu (sha.liu@kuleuven.vib.be)

Please include a detailed CV incl. list of publications, a motivation letter and the contact information of 3 referees.

You can apply for this job no later than October 13, 2019 via the online application tool

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