The Sleep Neurobiology Laboratory has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow with a background in integrative neuroscience and expertise in neural circuit studies using systems neuroscience techniques such as optogenetics, chemogenetics, fiber photometry, electrophysiology, microendoscopy and/or viral tracing of neuroanatomical connections. The new hire will work with a team of Research Scientists and technical staff to investigate the properties of neuronal cell types involved in sleep/wake control, their interconnections, and their roles in the neural circuits underlying arousal state control and in the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Hypocretin/orexin and MCH neurons in the hypothalamus, cortical nNOS/NK1 neurons and Trace amine-associated receptor 1 (TAAR1) are of particular interest.
Ph.D. or M.D. in a biological life science or related discipline with 0-7 years’ post PhD experience
Working experience in neuroscience research
Experience with use of viral vectors, stereotaxic surgery and optogenetics / chemogenetics / neuroanatomy / microendoscopy and/or
Experience in brain slice electrophysiology and synaptic physiology
Experience with microendoscopy/optical recording of brain activity in vivo a plus
Strong data analysis skills and publication record
Ability to meet aggressive timelines and deliverables
Strong commitment to collaborative teamwork
Excellent problem solving and experiment managing skills
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Experience in molecular biology and/or virology a plus
Strong computer programming a plus
Internal Number: 2217BR
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