A postdoctoral position is available working in the laboratory of Hiroki Taniguchi Ph.D., a research group leader at the Max Planck Florida Institute (MPFI). Our research focus is on understanding neural circuit development and function of inhibitory interneuron subtypes (see below). We are looking for highly motivated individuals who will enjoy the process to achieve a unique science and have a strong ambition to create trends of neural circuit research in the future.
The MPFI in Jupiter, Florida is the first institute established by Germany’s prestigious Max Planck Society outside of Europe. The research focus of the MPFI is structure and function of neural circuits, the complex synaptic networks of the brain. The MPFI has had a lot of exciting seminars presented by world-renowned researchers, and a close relationship with the Scripps Florida Institute and Florida Atlantic University on the same campus. To be able to feel Max Planck spirits in US is another advantage in our institute.
Cortical inhibitory interneurons (INs) display diverse subtypes, which innervate distinct compartments (e.g., dendrites, somata, and axon initial segments) of excitatory principal neurons (PNs) and regulate various types of circuit operations. We have been interested in elucidating subtype-specific IN function and development. To address these questions, we employ mouse genetics, molecular biology, virology, and imaging techniques. We are working on following projects.
1) Molecular mechanisms underlying specification and circuit formation of chandelier cells (ChCs), which powerfully control action potential generation in PNs by innervating their axon initial segments. We have already identified several candidate genes that are preferentially expressed in ChCs. We are analyzing the function of these genes in vivo.
2) We have developed a novel genetic strategy, which enables us to label and manipulate IN subtypes sending inputs to PN subtypes. We will determine the spatial organization and function of IN subtypes in cortical microcircuits. We will also elucidate mechanisms underlying the organization of IN subtypes innervating area- and layer-specific PNs.
Taniguchi et al.,Neuron, 2011
Taniguchi et al.,Science, 2013
Taniguchi et al.,Front. Cell. Neurosci, 2014
Ishino et al., Journal of Neuroscie, 2017
Steinecke et al., eNeuro, 2017
Max Planck Florida Institute, Jupiter, Florida, USA.
Jupiter is located in south Florida and surrounded by a lot of nature.
There are many good school districts within the area.
It is warm throughout the year. It must be good for family.
(Start of employment)
After August in 2018 (negotiable but ASAP)
(Application and required documents)
Complete CV including a publication list, experimental skills and contact information on 3 reference persons
Description of current and previous research summary (1-2 page)
Description of the reason why you apply and what you want to do (1-2 page)
A PDF should be sent to Hiroki Taniguchi, Ph.D. via e-mail and also submitted at http://www.maxplanckflorida.org/institute/careers/postdoctoral-fellow-2/. EOE/M/F/V/D.
Contact prior to application is welcome.
Applicants must have or be expected to receive a Ph.D.
Experience in in vivo imaging, molecular biology, and in utero electroporation is preferred but not necessary.
Internal Number: Taniguchi 3-2018
About Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
Part of the prestigious Max Planck Society based in Germany, the MPFI is the first and only institute of its kind in North America. Situated in the new biosciences cluster in scenic Palm Beach County in south Florida, the MPFI provides a vibrant, interactive environment where scientists are provided generous ongoing support to conduct high impact research at the cutting edge.