We are seeking a highly motivated and talented person for dissection of neuronal activity underlying cognitive behaviors. We are particularly interested in the functional role of oscillations in cognitive behaviors.
Candidates should have a strong neuroscience background, and either expertise in electrophysiology, preferably in vivo recordings, or in molecular and genetic targeting and manipulation of neuronal populations in vivo. Documented experience of generation of transgenic animals are highly meriting. In addition, experience with optogenetics and/or animal behavior is particularly meriting.
Using transgenic mice and rats, optogenetics and behavior, we aim to provide new understanding of the role of neural synchrony in cognition. Our research has a special focus on inhibitory interneurons, and the functional role of fast-spiking PV interneurons and/or gamma oscillations in attention and working memory. Our research focus stems from an interest in understanding the pathopsysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.
Our laboratory holds a unique setup where in vivo electrophysiology is paired with optogenetic manipulation in awake and behaving animals. The laboratory is in a prominent neuroscience environment at the Karolinska Institutet with broad possibilities for interaction and support. Candidates are expected to be independent and to actively contribute to the direction of the group through collaboration and innovation. Working language is English.
Applicants must have received their Ph.D. within the last 3 years, with a proven publication record (at least one first author paper). Please send CV and a letter of interest to Marie Carlén (firstname.lastname@example.org). The duration of the position is two years with possibility of extension.
Recent publications: Nature 2009 Jun 4;459(7247):663-7, Nature Methods 2010;5(2):247-54, Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2011;2011:7529-32. Mol Psychiatry. 2011 Apr 5. doi:10.1038/mp.2011.31