The goal of the laboratory is to understand the molecular determinants of cortical circuit development and wiring. In particular, we are interested in how extracellular factors and especially GABAergic signaling modulate such events. To achieve this goal, we use a combination of in vivo and in vitro approaches.
The ideal applicant has a track-record of in vitro electrophysiology (patch-clamp and field recordings), and he/she is able to independently perform experimental research in this field. Moreover, he/she is willing to learn a wide variety of experimental biology techniques (in utero electroporation, confocal microscopy). Candidates with publications in the field of neurobiology and written/verbal English communication skills are encouraged to apply. The postdoctoral fellowship will be upon recent publications in the laboratory on the role of depolarizing GABA in synaptic plasticity in physiology (Deidda et al., Nature Neuroscience, 2015 and Deidda et al., Nature Medicine, 2015) in pathology and physiology. The candidate will work at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa, Italy. IIT is a stimulating multidisciplinary research environment where neuroscientists, engineers and material scientists actively interact. At IIT, the Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies (NBT) hosts active groups in neurophysiology, cellular and molecular neurobiology, neurotechnologies and behavioral neuroscience and provides state-of-the-art facilities in microscopy, electronics, molecular and cell biology and mouse genetics. The salary will take into account the seniority of the candidate. Highly motivated candidates should provide a cover letter, a CV, one/two relevant publications and the names and addresses (including e-mail addresses) of at least two referees to:
Dr. Laura Cancedda
Dept. of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies
Italian Institute of Technology
Contract length: 2 years (+2 years)
Institution: Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Department: Neuroscience and Brain Technology