Postdoctoral Fellow in the control of descending locomotor circuits.
We have a position available for a postdoctoral fellow that is fully funded by the Frank Leblanc Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research. We use a variety of mouse preparations to study spinal circuit function and development (https://patrick-whelan-jl4d.squarespace.com). Our research questions revolve around the use of monoamines and peptides to promote the activation of spinal locomotor circuits. Using optogenetic in vivo mouse models we probe the ability of monoamines to 'switch' on specific circuits and how they promote walking circuit reconfiguration in normal and pathological conditions (Parkinson, Spinal Cord Injury). We have a number of exciting projects involving the use of whole cell patch, imaging and optogenetic techniques. Our lab is well funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and Chair funds. We work in close collaboration with the core optogenetics facility at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (https://hbi.ucalgary.ca), ensuring we have access to photometry, advanced behavioural recording approaches, and in-vivo electrophysiological recording equipment. The training environment is excellent within the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and our weekly seminar series features leading international and national neuroscientists. All trainees have access to the REALISE program (https://hbi.ucalgary.ca/our-education/realise) which provides professional skills to aid in trainee success. We have strength in behavioural and electrophysiological techniques within and surrounding our lab. Thus, the successful candidate will have access to a wide variety of techniques and approaches that will provide a unique training experience in systems neuroscience. Calgary is a lively multicultural city nestled close to the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park. We are interested in hearing from motivated individuals with experience using electrophysiological or imaging approaches.
Please send a CV to:
Dr. Patrick Whelan
Hotchkiss Brain Institute