Job title: PhD candidate with knowledge in in-vivo electrophysiological neurosciences
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Closing date: 30th November 2020
Start date: 1st January 2021 Closing Date: 2020-11-30
The Department of Functional Architecture of Memory at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology in Magdeburg (Germany) headed by Professor Sauvage is looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate with knowledge in in-vivo electrophysiological neurosciences for a DFG funded 3-year position. The position is available immediately (preferred starting date 01.01.2021, flexible for the right candidate).
The funded project focuses on memory consolidation. The department focuses on dissociating the contribution of the medial temporal lobe areas (CA1, CA3, DG, MEC, LEC, PrC, POR) to memory in health, aging and in animal models of amnesia. Recent vs remote memory, memory for time/space/episodes and encoding/retrieval/reconsolidation are studied.
Within this frame, we have recently identified new spatial and non-spatial subnetworks segregated along the proximodistal axis of the hippocampus (Nakamura et al, J. Neuroscience, 2013; Beer and Vavra et al, Plos biology, 2018), hypothesized a network shift be-tween the Trisynaptic loop and the Temporoamonic pathways as the memory trace ages (Lux et al, Elife, 2016) and started to depict memory networks supporting reconsolidation (Lux et al, Cerebral cortex, 2017). Techniques include high-order standard or translational humans to rats memory tasks (Sauvage et al, Nature Neuroscience, 2008) combined to lesions, optogenetics, high-resolution molecular imaging based on the detection of immediate-early genes and in-vivo electrophysiology. fMRI studies in awake rodents (9.4T) and human behavioral studies are also conducted to a lesser extent (Sauvage et al, Nature Neuroscience, 2008; Sauvage et al, J. Neuroscience, 2010; Sauvage et al, J.Neurosc. Methods, 2019).
The candidate should have knowledge of in-vivo electrophysiological recording (single unit recording) and behavioral techniques and be highly motivated by interdisciplinary studies. The group is international (France, Spain, Taiwan, Japan, Tadzhikistan, Germany), hence the communication language is English.
The group interacts tightly with the Neural Dynamics laboratory (Prof. Yoshida; in-vitro/vivo electrophysiology & computational neurosciences) as well as with many national and international partners including MIT (Boston, USA), RIKEN (Tokyo; Japan), DZNE and MPI (MD and Cologne; Germany). Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
For informal inquiries about the project, please contact Prof Magdalena Sauvage ([email protected]).
To apply, please send a single PDF file comprising a cover letter, a CV, a publication list, names and contact of 3 references and a brief statement of motivation and research interests to [email protected], reference ID: LIN 2020/FAM01. Applications can be submitted until 30.11.2020. We are looking forward to your application.
The employment, salary and employee benefits comply with the collective pay agreement (German TV-L). Equal opportunities as well as compatibility of family and work are part of our HR policy. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent occupational aptitude will be considered preferentially.