A postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Dr. Seth M. Tomchik in the department of Neuroscience. We are studying how neuromodulatory pathways shape memory trace formation in the brain and drive behavioral flexibility (e.g., Boto et al., 2014; Current Biology 24: 822-831). A major goal is to decipher how these circuits regulate behavioral flexibility (learning & memory, circadian rhythms/sleep, etc.) in normal animals and models of human brain disorders.
We are currently seeking a postdoctoral research associate for a project dissecting the role of the nf1 gene, its interactors, and downstream signaling cascades in behavioral flexibility. Mutations in nf1 underlie one of the most common genetic disorders in humans, Neurofibromatosis I, which can result in tumor formation and cognitive impairment. We are focusing on how nf1 regulates behavioral flexibility in Drosophila. The project will involve molecular/genetic, physiological, and behavioral approaches in normal animals and nf1 mutants.
Position requirements: A Ph.D. or M.D. is required, with appropriate experience in a related discipline. Competitive candidates will have one or more first-author manuscripts accepted in internationally-recognized, peer-reviewed journals. The ideal candidate will have interests in neuroscience, with experience with one or more of the following areas: genetics, biochemistry, molecular/cell biology, electrophysiology, or Drosophila genetics.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for at least three professional references to: firstname.lastname@example.org…