One PhD or Postdoc position
is available to study in the Department of Cellular Neurobiology at
the University of Göttingen, Germany to study the pharmacology of
mechanosensory stimulus transduction.
Mechanisms of mechanosensory stimulus transduction will be studied in
the Drosophila ear using novel pharmacological tools. Pharmacological
alterations in transduction will be assessed by monitoring the
mechanical input and electrical output of the fly?s ear
(electrophysiology, microscanning laser Doppler vibrometry, in vivo
calcium imaging, e.g. Kamikouchi et al., Nature Protocols 1229, 2010;
Effertz et al., Current Biology, 21:592, 2011). Experimental data will
be analyzed using a physical model of the Drosophila ear (Nadrowski et
al., Current Biology 18:1365, 2008), and comparative studies in mutant
flies will be used narrow down molecular target sites.
The ideal candidate will have good technical skills and a strong
background in physiology/biophysics. The candidate should also have
good interpersonal communication skills and a desire to work with
others on large projects. The hosting institute will offer a
stimulating atmosphere, and the project will be tightly embedded into
a German and American research collaboration and flanked by local
research initiatives, including the Göttingen Collaborative Research
Center ?Cellular Mechanisms of Sensory Processing? and the Gottingen
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience.
Applications containing the common documents should be sent by July 15
2011 by e-mail to Prof. Dr. Martin Göpfert, mgoepfe from gwdg.de.
Professor Dr. Martin Göpfert
University of Göttingen
Max-Planck-Institute for Experimental Medicine
37075 Göttingen, Germany
Tel.: 0049 (0)551 3899 437
E-mail: mgoepfe from gwdg.de