Principal Researcher

Universities and Institutes of Portugal


December 30, 2021


  • Organisation/Company: IBMC
  • 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.

    Selection process

    • Track record of significant achievements (publications and invited presentations) in the field of neural cell biology and synaptic transmission (25%).

    • 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%).

    Offer Requirements Specific Requirements

    - 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 program.

    - 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 environment.

    - Fluent in written and spoken English.

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: IBMC
  • Department: Synapse Biology
  • Organisation Type: Other
  • Website: https: // www.
  • Country: Portugal
  • City: Porto
  • State/Province: Portugal
  • Postal Code: 4200-135
  • Street: Rua Alfredo Allen 208