Postdoc position to study synaptic adaptation in the hippocampus in response to early life stress.
Neuroscience Postdoctoral researcher opportunity to study synaptic adaptation in the hippocampus in response to early life stress.
Location: University of Bordeaux, France
Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases (IMN)
The full-time position is available right now and for 18 to 24 months depending on starting date.
We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join our DNA team at the Institut des Maladies Neurodégénératives. The lab studies the functions of dopamine in the « extended basal ganglia network » (EBG). EBG is a neural circuit controlling movement and emotional states (voluntary movement, associative learning, explorative behavior using processing of relevant sensory information, stress), but is also involved in neurological and psychiatric disorders (Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, anxiety). The main objective of this position is to establish the link between early life stress and electophysiological adaptations in the hippocampal formation. This project could be an opportunity to combine different approaches used routinely in the team (i.e.: Circuit dissection using conventional tracers and transsynaptic viruses, electrophysiology in vivo (using a head-restrained setup that enables single-cell electrophysiological recording and opto-tagging in behaving mice), Fiberphotometry in behaving animals) and behavioral paradigm.
Candidates with a demonstrated background and interests in electrophysiology and circuit neuroscience are preferred for this position.
Preferred Qualifications :
- University degrees in Neuroscience
- Experience in hippocampal recording
- Experience in behavior and stereotaxic approaches
- Regulatory training in animal experimentation (surgery)
- Strong quantitative and programming skills, and knowledge of one or more relevant programming languages (e.g. Matlab; Python; R)
- Experience of writing and publishing peer reviewed scientific papers or preprints
- Ability to work independently
Applications should include:
- A cover letter describing your past research experiments, your research interest, career goals, and motivation to join our team
- A CV with the publication list and contact information of two references
- Two references