Postdoc Researcher- Synaptic Neurophysiology

University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada
Pay will be commensurate with NIH payscale, or better
Closing date
Dec 18, 2021
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We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with experience in cellular and molecular neuroscience techniques - imaging 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.

Required Qualifications

  • Recent PhD degree in cellular/molecular biology, synaptic neuroscience, or relevant field.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Existing first author publications in peer-reviewed journals in the field of cellular or molecular neuroscience is highly desirable.
  • Research experience in synaptic physiology or bioenergetics are preferred.




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