UCL Ear Institute
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON (UK)
Research Associate (Postdoctoral)
The Neurophysiology of Species-Specific Communication (Patch-Clamp Electrophysiology)
A full-time postdoctoral position in patch-clamp electrophysiology is available to work on a concerted, multi-disciplinary and international research project funded by the Human Frontier Science program (HFSP) that will use behavioural, molecular biological, optogenetic and electrophysiological techniques to explore the mechanisms of species-specific acoustic communication in different Drosophila species (Project title: From genes to circuits: the evolution of species-specific communication in Drosophila; Principal Applicant: Dr Joerg T. Albert; see also http://www.hfsp.org/awardees/awards-archive).
Most centrally, the successful applicant’s work will comprise (i) the design, and execution, of patch-clamp recordings of neurons involved in sound detection and sound production, and (ii) the written preparation of research findings for presentations and publications. Funding for this post is initially available for 24 months; a 12 month extension is possible. The project will be supervised by Dr Joerg Albert (UCL Ear Institute) and may involve short-term stays in the labs of project collaborators (e.g. at the universities of Princeton, USA or Tokyo, Japan). The latest start date is May 2012.
Applicants should hold a PhD in a neurobiological subject and have substantial experience, knowledge, and skills in patch-clamp electrophysiology. A familiarity with insect acoustic communication and basic aspects of Drosophila biology (fly husbandry, UAS/GAL4, etc.) is desirable but not essential.
The UCL Ear Institute (London, UK) provides state of the art research facilities across a wide range of disciplines including the study of auditory system function and dysfunction, the molecular and cellular basis of hearing, and the genetics of hearing and deafness.
The project is funded by the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) and funding for this post is available at Grade 7 (£31,905-£38,595 per annum [inclusive of London allowance]).
Please send all enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for enquirires will be around the end of September 2011
Enquiries from Fellows are invited at all times!