Post-doctoral Fellow in Electrophysiology, University of Cambridge, UK (5 year position)
We are looking for a Post-doctoral Research Associate to join the group of Professor Allan Herbison focussed on understanding the neural networks that control puberty and fertility in mouse models. Studies will investigate the cellular mechanisms through which the two different hypothalamic populations of kisspeptin neurons control the activity of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons. In particular, we are interested in understanding the ionic and synaptic mechanisms enabling these neuronal populations to exhibit and drive episodic activity. Brain slice studies are undertaken within the context of molecular-cellular-systems levels investigations in the laboratory using the latest neuroscience approaches.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a newly formed research group recently relocated from the University of Otago, New Zealand, see https://www.pdn.cam.ac.uk/directory/allan-herbison. You should have a PhD in neuroscience and significant experience in acute brain slice patch-clamp electrophysiology, preferably from fluorescently-tagged neurons. Prior experience with acute brain slice GCaMP calcium imaging, optogenetic manipulation of neurons and working with hypothalamic circuitry would be an advantage.