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Postdoctoral Position in FRET-FLIM studies of CNS interactions
Posted: January 15, 2014
Expires: March 16, 2014
Science jobs from VIB Center for the Biology of Disease, K.U.Leuven :
To date, the majority of CNS studies have focused on understanding the function of neurons - which are traditionally viewed as the computational units of the brain. However, the vast majority of cells in the mammalian CNS are actually astrocytes. It is now becoming increasingly obvious that astrocytes are involved in all aspects of CNS function, from initial formation of synapses through to the active modulation of information transfer at these structures. Therefore, breakdown in astrocyte function is inevitably involved in both acute and chronic neurological conditions, such as stroke and schizophrenia.
h2. The Project:
Our group is interested in applying FRET-FLIM to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying astrocyte function, particularly those triggered by interaction with neurons.
h1. Profile Candidates must have obtained a Ph.D. degree in the last 2-3 years. Preference will be given to candidates with a background in the physical sciences, with strong evidence of quantitative ability. Previous experience in FRET-FLIM is essential. Ability in Matlab is an advantage. Experience in neuroscience is not required, as all relevant training can be provided. The ideal candidate is a motivated and interactive individual, with a strong interest in applying FRET-FLIM to answer neuroscience questions. A good knowledge of English is sufficient for all communications, both within and outside the institute. Situated in the heart of Europe (close to Brussels and with excellent transport links), the position is ideally suited to international candidates.
h1. We offer
The project will be conducted in the lab of Matthew Holt. The group has a strong international track record in studying the molecular basis of CNS function. The scientific excellence of the group was recently recognized with a prestigious ERC grant. As a result, a renewable contract, a competitive salary and benefits can be offered to the successful applicant.
The VIB Center for the Biology of Disease is an international research department with a strong emphasis on neuroscience. Researchers have access to high-end technologies, core facilities and technical support in a new, purpose-built research institute. Translational research is encouraged by close proximity to the University Clinic.
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