Research Field: Biological sciences › Biology
Researcher Profile: Leading Researcher (R4)
Application Deadline: 30/12/2021 23:00 - Europe/London
Location: Portugal › Porto
Type Of Contract: Temporary
Job Status: Full-time
Hours Per Week: 35
Offer Starting Date: 01/04/2022
Eu Research Framework Programme: H2020
Astrocytes are the major non-neuronal cell type in the mammalian brain and are
known to interact with neurons and control synaptic transmission – a concept
known as the ‘tripartite synapse'. Recent work from our lab (Batiuk et al.,
Nat Commun, 2020; Bayraktar et al., Nat Neurosci, 2020) suggests that
excitatory and inhibitory tripartite synapse formation and function are
differentially regulated. Understanding differences in synapse assembly and
function are crucial to our understanding of information flow in the CNS and
the causes of human diseases associated with hyperexcitability, such as
epilepsy, schizophrenia and fragile X.
We are looking to recruit a world-class team to study aspects of inhibitory
synapse formation and function, using a variety of cutting-edge techniques,
ranging from proteomics through advanced genetics to electrophysiology. Work
will be conducted at i3s, one of Portugal's top science institutes, in the
newly created ERANET Chair group headed by Dr. Matthew Holt.
• Track record of significant achievements (publications and invited
presentations) in the field of neural cell biology and synaptic transmission
• 5-year research plan including expected contribution to the Program in
Neurobiology and Neurological Disorders at i3S (25%).
• Track-record in securing and managing funding, and indication of funding
strategy to be pursued at IBMC/i3S (15%).
• Experience in leading research teams and commitment to professional
development of mentees (15%).
• Experience in outreach activities (5%).
• Letter of motivation (5%).
- Ph.D. degree in neuroscience (or related area) with at least 5-10 years
of relevant post-doctoral experience.
- Emerging international reputation, based on research excellence in the
field of neural cell biology, as demonstrated by significant research
publications, invited presentations etc.
- Experience in managing students and technicians.
- Demonstrated ability to secure and manage grant funding.
- Capacity to identify research problems and opportunities within the broad
area of inhibitory synaptic transmission and to develop a world-class research
- Excellent ability to communicate and network within the research community
and wider society.
- Commitment to professional development of his/her own career and capacity
to be a mentor and role model for the professional development of others.
- Ability to create an inclusive, innovative and creative research
- Fluent in written and spoken English.
Department: Synapse Biology
Organisation Type: Other
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