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Nervous System Development and PlasticityPosted by: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Posted date: 2019-Jun-20
The research group of Dr. R. Douglas Fields at the National Institutes of Health, NICHD in Bethesda Maryland is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in electrophysiology and interest in activity-dependent plasticity. The laboratory is investigating cellular mechanisms of neural plasticity that regulate brain development and learning. In addition to synaptic plasticity, the laboratory is exploring non-synaptic mechanisms, including involvement of glia (Fields, Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 2015; Fields, Woo, Basser, Neuron 2015; Wake et al., Nature Commun. 2015). The current focus of research is on activity-dependent regulation of myelin to achieve optimal synchrony of spike time arrival as a complementary mechanism to synaptic plasticity (Fields and Dutta, Trends. Neurosci, 2019; Dutta et al., PNAS 2018).
The Section on Nervous System Development and Plasticity is part of the Cell Biology and Neurobiology Branch in the National Institute of Child Health and Human development. Our laboratory uses a wide range of techniques, including gene expression analysis, primary culture of neurons and glia, confocal and two-photon microscopy.Qualifications:
For this position, the candidate should have expertise in electrophysiology and optogenetics. Experience in live cell calcium imaging is desirable. The candidate should have a PhD degree in a field relevant to cellular and systems neuroscience.To Apply:
Interested candidates should send an email to Dr. Douglas Fields, fieldsdmail.nih.gov, including a summary of previous research experience and future interests, together with a CV and the names of three references.
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