A postdoctoral position is available in the Systems Neuroscience laboratory of Christopher A. Del Negro. The successful candidate will join an international team of US and Danish neuroscientists studying the cellular and synaptic mechanisms that initiate motor programs in the mesencephalic locomotor region (MLR) of the brain. The postdoc will perform patch-clamp experiments in midbrain slices from genetically modified adult mice. The experiments involve optogenetic stimulation and recording protocols that interrogate input-output functions of MLR microcircuits. The postdoc will actively participate in experimental design as well as execution. The postdoc will analyze and interpret the resulting data, and then write scientific communications as well as present the results at national and international professional meetings. It is expected that cellular and synaptic investigations by the postdoc will complement behavioral level experiments also on the topic of midbrain locomotor function. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in neuroscience, physiology, biology, or a closely related field. Candidates must be highly self-motivated and have excellent skills in the laboratory, with a demonstrable track record of productivity. It is important that candidates are skilled in patch-clamp techniques (particularly in adult mice or rats) and preferred skills include intersectional mouse genetics, optogenetics, and the use of viral vectors for microcircuit manipulation.
William & Mary is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access employer and actively encourages applications from minorities, women, disabled persons and veterans.
Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Physiology, or a closely related discipline
Additional Salary Information: commensurate with experience.