Senior Postdoctoral position / Staff Scientist to join the Brain Mechanisms for Behaviour Unit
The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is a model for change in education and research with the best international graduate students, working side by side with world-class faculty in modern well-equipped laboratories. Beautifully situated on the island of Okinawa, OIST relies on a cross-disciplinary approach, with an emphasis on creativity and exchange, to offer unique, individualized graduate training. OIST is a university with no departments, eliminating artificial barriers between people working in different fields, but many nationalities, with students and faculty being attracted from all over the world. Concentrating initially on Neuroscience, Molecular Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Environmental and Ecological Sciences and Physical Sciences, OIST is bringing some of the best brains in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science and education is done in the global academic world.
The position is within an active neurophysiological research group with a long terminterest in the Basal Ganglia. We are looking for an imaginative and determined investigator with an interest in understanding the brain, and its control of movement in particular. Recent publications from the group include:
- Lopez-Herta, V. G., Nakano, Y., Bausenwein, J., Jaidar-Benavides, O., Lazarus, M.,Cherassse, Y., M, G.-M. & Arbuthnott, G. W. The neostriatum: two entities, onestructure? Brain Structure and Function, doi:10.1007/s00429-015-1000-4 (2015).
- Garcia-Munoz, M., Lopez-Herta, V. G., Carrillo-Reid, L. & Arbuthnott, G.W. Extrasynaptic glutamate NMDA receptors: Key players in striatal function.
Neuropharmacology 89, 54-63, doi:10.1016/j.neuropharm.2014.09.013 (2015).
- Garcia-Munoz, M. Arbuthnott, G.W. Basal ganglia-thalamus and the “crowningenigma” Frontiers in Neural Circuits (2015) doi:10.3389/fncir.2015.00071
We are looking for a postdoc with a (electrophysiological) neuroscience background to study the influence of patterned cortical activity on basal ganglia physiology. We use calcium imaging and multielectrode (MEA) and patch recordings in slices of rodent brain. Our recording set up allows all three methods to be applied simultaneously. Some experience with these three methods would be a considerable advantage, but probably experience with any two techniques is sufficient. The aim of the experiments is to explore the influence of pattern in neuronal networks on the transmission through brain systems.
- Excellent spoken English and an ability to read and understand the research literature.
- Excellent written English with some history of publications in the scientific literature
In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulation.
- Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
- Annual paid leave and summer holidays
- Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid http://www.shigakukyosai.jp/ ), welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin), worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)
- Curriculum vita in English
- Cover letter in English
- Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer
- Summary of research interests and experience
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Brain Mechanisms for Behaviour Unit
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1, Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan
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