Postdoc Position at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology

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Location: Magdeburg, Germany

Closing date: 31/12/2019

The Institute

The Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN) is a research institute of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft and dedicated to the study mechanisms of learning and memory. 

The Position

A full-time postdoctoral position is available in the Functional Architecture of Memory department at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (Magdeburg, Germany) headed by Profes-sor Sauvage ( The position is available immediately (flexible for the right candidate). The initial appointment is for one year, renewable 2 more years. The department focuses on dissociating the contribution of the different subareas of the medial temporal lobe (CA1, CA3, DG, MEC, LEC, PrC, POR) to memory in healthy subjects (rodents and humans), in ageing and in animal models of amnesia. Recent vs ancient 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 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. Neu-roscience, 2010; Sauvage et al, J.Neurosc. Methods, 2019).

The Candidate

The candidate should have expertise in behavioral techniques and molecular biology (e.g. in-situ hybridization techniques), in-vivo electrophysiology or rodents fMRI, and be highly motivated by interdisciplinary studies. The group is international (France, Spain, Taiwan, Japan, Tadzhikistan, Germa-ny), hence the communication language is English. The group interacts tightly with the Neural Dynamics laboratory (Prof. Yoshida; in-vitro/vivo electrophysiology & modeling) as well as with many national and international partners including MIT (Boston, USA), RIKEN (Tokyo; Japan), DZNE and MPI (MD and Co-logne; Germany). Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. 

How to Apply

Please send your complete application (cover letter, CV, publication list, names and contact of 3 references and a brief statement of motivation and research interests) via e-mail as a single pdf file to [email protected]

Review of applications begins Oct. 1st and will last until the position is filled. Applications by women are especially welcome. Applicants with a severe disability will receive preferential treatment if their qualifications and experience are equal to those of the other candidates. Some interviews can take place at the SFN 2019 (Chicago) or the “Recollection, Familiarity, and Novelty Detection” meetings (Liège, Belgium). 

Please mention that you saw this vacancy on Scientifica's website when applying

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