A three years-funded post-doctoral position is available in the Cossart lab at the Institute of Mediterranean Neurobiology (INSERM, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France) to work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary and friendly research team. The candidate will apply all optical approaches in vivo (i.e., targeted optogenetic stimulation, 2P calcium and voltage imaging) to dissect the circuit basis and cellular mechanisms of coordinated neuronal activation patterns in the mouse cortex (e.g. Bollmann, Modol et al. Nature Neuroscience 2023).
Our team aims at gaining understanding of hippocampal function at circuit level, in health and disease. We try to outline the general principles by which hippocampal function, in the adult brain, is constrained by early developmental genetic programs and activity-dependent processes (Cossart and Garel, Nature Rev. Neurosc. 2023). To this aim we use and develop several approaches, in particular all optical interrogation of cortical circuits combined with electrophysiology, mouse genetics and cutting-edge data analysis, both in vivo and in vitro. We propose that rewinding the process of hippocampal development helps understanding the main organization principles of hippocampal cognitive maps and how they dysfunction in pathology (Cossart and Khazipov, Phys Rev. 2021).
Candidates with good past-record of achievement will have expertise in in vivo electrophysiology or imaging as well as experience using Matlab or Python. Starting date during this winter 2023-2024.
To apply, please send a CV, a short statement of research interests and experience, and two names of references with contact information to: email@example.com. One to one interviews will be organized during the SFN meeting.