Postdoctoral Scholar - Synaptic Physiology

Reno, Nevada (US)
minimum $47,476.00 annually
May 20 2021
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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with experience in cellular and molecular neuroscience techniques and/or electrophysiology to join the laboratory of Dr. Robert Renden, in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology. A fully-funded position is immediately available to investigate mechanisms underlying bioenergetic support of synaptic short-term plasticity, and the role of presynaptic mitochondria, using whole cell patch-clamp electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, and functional fluorescence imaging in mouse brain.
The major responsibilities of this position include:
•    Execute experiments to determine the bioenergetics of presynaptic function. How do routes of energy production, consumption, and distribution shape synaptic transmission and short-term plasticity? 
•    Contribute to timely experimental execution, data collection, and rigorous data analysis.
•    Report experimental findings in written publications, incorporating own findings with the existing published literature.
•    Collaborate to develop mechanistic and molecular models describing cellular/molecular mechanisms that are degraded during normal aging and neurodegenerative diseases.
•    Work to develop an independent experimental research program to evaluate the impact of energetic impairment on synaptic function at central nervous system synapses. 


Required Qualifications
•    PhD in cellular/molecular biology, synaptic neuroscience, or relevant field obtained within the last 5 years
•    Experience in patch-clamp recording, brain slice electrophysiology, or fluorescence imaging (confocal immunofluorescence, live imaging) techniques. 
•    Strong organizational skills, and goal-oriented motivation towards solving fundamental questions in neuroscience.
•    An ability to work independently in a collaborative environment.


Preferred Qualifications
•    Existing first author publications in peer-reviewed journals in the field of cellular or molecular neuroscience is highly desirable.
•    Research experience in synaptic physiology is preferred.