PhD or Post-doctoral Position: molecular biology of chemosensory receptor function
Start: from 1st December 2011
Length of contract: 1 year, with a possible 2-year extension
Workplace: Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Applicant profile: We are seeking an outstanding and highly motivated candidate at the doctoral or post-doctoral level to join the group of Richard Benton. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in electrophysiology and molecular biology. PhD applicants must have a Master’s degree or equivalent. Post-doctoral applicants should have a strong publication record.
Description of position: The position is funded by a collaborative Human Frontier Science Program Young Investigator Award to our group and those of Rongsheng Jin (Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, USA) and Chun Tang (Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics, China). The project aims to dissect the structural and dynamic basis of ligand recognition by the IR family of insect chemosensory receptors (Benton et al, Cell 2009; Ai et al, Nature 2010; Abuin et al, Neuron 2011). The proposed work in our group will involve a comprehensive pharmacological and molecular dissection of the ligand-binding properties of these receptors. Potential perspectives of this research are the development of novel types of insect repellent and/or the rational re-design of these genetically-encoded chemical sensors for practical purposes.
For more information on our group, see http://www.unil.ch/cig/page44404_en.html or contact Richard.Benton@unil.ch
The Center for Integrative Genomics is a dynamic institute with international and interactive research groups and world-class facilities. The working language is English. The Center is located in Lausanne, a beautiful city by Lake Geneva that offers excellent opportunities for cultural and outdoor activities.
Application: Please send a CV, a statement of research interests, and contact details for 2 or more letters of recommendation to: Richard.Benton@unil.ch