A postdoctoral position in neurogenomics is available in the laboratory of Dr. Spiegel in the Department of Neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute of Science. The Spiegel Lab takes a multidisciplinary approach to decipher the molecular basis and the function of homeostatic plasticity in neural circuits. We are looking for a highly motivated and collaborative candidate to join our young and dynamic team.
Description: The research associated with this position will focus on cell-type-specific regulatory regions in the genome of inhibitory neurons in the cortex and the role of these non-coding genomic regions in regulating synaptic connectivity and circuit homeostasis. The research will make extensive use of various mouse models and will include sophisticated approaches for studying non-coding genomic regions in neuronal subtypes in the brain. The ideal candidate has a strong background in the generation and/or analysis of high throughput gene expression and genomics data (e.g. RNA- and/or ChIP-Seq) and is able to develop, execute and analyze state-of-the-art genomic experiments. Experience with primary neuronal cultures and/or with work with mice is preferable. We are seeking applications from researchers who hold a Ph.D.-level degree and that have programming skills (MatLab and/or R). The communication language is English.
The successful candidate will be able to connect to a vibrant community of world-class neuroscience and genomics research at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where the environment is collegial, nurturing, and collaborative. The position is funded for at least three years.
To apply: Applicants are invited to send a cover letter, CV and the names of three references with contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. The position will be available until filled, preference will be given to applicants starting in the fall of 2017.
The Spiegel Lab in the Department of Neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute of Science seeks to identify the molecular mechanisms through which neural circuits adapt to experience and to understand how the cellular functions that are regulated by these molecular mechanisms generate an animal’s adaptive behavior. We focus in our research on signaling and transcriptional networks and apply genomic, ...molecular, biochemical, electrophysiological and behavioral approaches to understand how experience-induced signaling and transcriptional networks in subtypes of cortical neurons regulate the connectivity and function of the cortex. We believe that our research will allow us to untangle how nature and nurture cooperate to regulate adaptive behavior and to understand how mutations in the genome might give rise to individual variation in cognitive capabilities and to psychiatric disorders.