Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics: Postdoctoral Scientist in Neuroscience (Open until filled. Apply by 11/03/2017)
Open date: October 4th, 2017
Next review date:November 3rd, 2017 Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: June 29th, 2018 Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Scholar under the direction and supervision of Professor Alexander Sher.
The Sher lab investigates functional organization of mammalian retina (multiple pathways represented by distinct retinal ganglion cell types), its development (role of molecular cues and activity in wiring up of the complex retinal circuitry), and amelioration of degenerative diseases leading to blindness. For that purpose, we use unique recording systems developed by the multidisciplinary collaboration between physicists and biologists. The successful candidate will focus on the investigation of neural plasticity in the retina. We discovered that local selective ablation of photoreceptors in the mammalian retina leads to different bipolar cells types employing strikingly different strategies for connecting to the surviving photoreceptors.
The postdoctoral scientist will investigate the extent of this constructive plasticity and molecular mechanisms responsible for the formation of the new synapses in the adult mammalian retina using mouse models and accessing the neural plasticity through a combination of immunostaining/imaging and electrophysiology methods.
RANK: Postdoctoral Scholar - Employee
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, with annual range between $50,000 and $54,000.
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Neurobiology, Physics, or related discipline.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: The preferred candidate will have strong experience and track record in experimental neuroscience research and be proficient in immunostaining and imaging of neural tissue. The preferred candidate will also have substantial background in visual neuroscience research; strong computational, software, and data analysis skills; experience in electrophysiology in-vitro and/or in-vivo.
POSITION AVAILABLE: December 1, 2017. Ph.D. in hand at time of appointment.
TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of reappointment for a total of five years: with annual reappointment contingent upon positive performance review and availability of funding. For appointments within the University of California, a total duration of an individual's postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including Postdoctoral service at other institutions. Under certain circumstances, a sixth year may be considered.
TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, a list of publications, and three confidential letters of recommendation.* Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. For questions, please contact Alexander Sher at email@example.com.
*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC's confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm
CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on November 3, 2017. To ensure full consideration, applications should be completed and letters of reference received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but no later than 6/30/2018.
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