Post-doctoral Position in Behavioural Neuroscience
School of Psychology, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
A post-doctoral position is available to work on a “Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council” (BBSRC) funded project aimed at examining the synaptic basis of how learned associations between natural rewards (e.g. sucrose) and environmental stimuli that predict their availability are acquired and maintained in a minority of stimuli-activated neurons called ‘neuronal ensembles’ in the prefrontal cortex. You will use state-of-the art ex vivo electrophysiology (patch-clamp) techniques in transgenic mice that express GFP in behaviourally-activated neurones (Koya et al., Nature Neuroscience 2012, PMID 23023294), to investigate how excitatory and inhibitory synapses undergo dynamic changes at different stages of excitatory learning and extinction (inhibitory) learning. The laboratory is based in newly refurbished labs within the Neuroscience Center, which forms part of a vibrant neuroscience research community on campus (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/sussexneuroscience/), The University of Sussex campus is located just 10 minutes away from the famous seaside resort city of Brighton.
To qualify, candidates must have a PhD/DPhil degree in neuroscience or related discipline (e.g. Biopsychology) and hands-on experience in whole-cell recordings from brain slices. Experience in recording from pyramidal neurons, performing paired-recordings, and/or running behavioural experiments (e.g. appetitive conditioning) is highly desired. You should enjoy working as part of a team and also display motivation and commitment to research in a fast-paced and competitive field.
Applicants should send a CV (with the names of at least three references) and a cover letter describing their interests in the position to Dr. Eisuke Koya (email: e.koya [ at ] sussex.ac.uk).
Closing date for applications:
University of Sussex
School of Psychology
Full time at Grade 7.