Postdoc Position at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology

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Position available: Postdoctoral Research Scientist with expertise in behavioural and molecular neurosciences or in-vivo electrophysiological neurosciences 

Location: Magdeburg, Germany

Start date: Available immediately, flexible for the right candidate

The Position

A full-time, fixed-term Postdoctoral Research position, available immediately, but flexible for the right candidate. Either expertise in behavioural and molecular neurosciences or expertise in in-vivo electrophysiological neurosciences is required. 

The Department

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 aging 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. Neuroscience, 2010; Sauvage et al, J.Neurosc. Methods, 2019).

The Candidate

Candidates should have expertise in behavioural techniques and in-vivo electrophysiology (single unit recpording), or molecular biology (especially in-situ hybridization/immunocytochemistry 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 & modeling) 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]). 

We are looking forward to your complete electronic application. Please send one PDF file comprising cover letter, CV, publication list, names and contact of 3 references and a brief statement of motivation and research interests to [email protected], reference ID: LIN 2019/FAM03. 

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.

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

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