A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Leon Reijmers in the Department of Neuroscience at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. This postdoctoral position is supported by a recently awarded NIH project grant (R01 MH104589), and has a flexible start date (not later than summer 2018). The Reijmers laboratory uses mouse models to study the cellular and molecular mechanisms of memory storage. We developed a transgenic mouse line for the genetic tagging of activated neurons (doi.org/10.1126/science.1143839), and used this mouse line to identify a role for inhibitory synapses in the extinction of fear memories (doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2013.07.047). We recently discovered that a specific type of interneuron can suppress both neuronal activation patterns and brain oscillations that are associated with the expression of a fear memory (doi.org/10.1038/nn.4651). We are looking for a postdoc who is interested in studying the role of specific brain activation patterns in fear memories by employing a combination of transgenic reporter mice, behavioral testing, optogenetic manipulations, and in-vivo recordings of neuronal activity.
The successful candidate has a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience or biology (awarded not later than spring 2018), and has first-hand experience with the recording and analysis of neuronal activity in freely behaving mice (single unit recordings or calcium imaging). Interested applicants should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae with contact information for three references to Dr. Leon Reijmers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tufts University is a private university with campuses in Boston, Medford and Grafton, Massachusetts. The School of Medicine is located on the Boston Campus. The Department of Neuroscience (http://medicine.tufts.edu/Education/Academic-Departments/Basic-Science-Departments/Neuroscience) is home to the Neuroscience PhD Program (http://sackler.tufts.edu/Academics/Neuroscience-Welcome).