The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with experience in cellular and molecular neuroscience techniques and/or electrophysiology to join the laboratory of Dr. Robert Renden, in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology. A fully-funded position is immediately available to investigate mechanisms underlying bioenergetic support of synaptic short-term plasticity, and the role of presynaptic mitochondria, using whole cell patch-clamp electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, and functional fluorescence imaging in mouse brain.
The major responsibilities of this position include:
• Execute experiments to determine the bioenergetics of presynaptic function. How do routes of energy production, consumption, and distribution shape synaptic transmission and short-term plasticity?
• Contribute to timely experimental execution, data collection, and rigorous data analysis.
• Report experimental findings in written publications, incorporating own findings with the existing published literature.
• Collaborate to develop mechanistic and molecular models describing cellular/molecular mechanisms that are degraded during normal aging and neurodegenerative diseases.
• Work to develop an independent experimental research program to evaluate the impact of energetic impairment on synaptic function at central nervous system synapses.
• PhD in cellular/molecular biology, synaptic neuroscience, or relevant field obtained within the last 5 years
• Experience in patch-clamp recording, brain slice electrophysiology, or fluorescence imaging (confocal immunofluorescence, live imaging) techniques.
• Strong organizational skills, and goal-oriented motivation towards solving fundamental questions in neuroscience.
• An ability to work independently in a collaborative environment.
• Existing first author publications in peer-reviewed journals in the field of cellular or molecular neuroscience is highly desirable.
• Research experience in synaptic physiology is preferred.
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