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[Drosophila] Ph.D./Postdoc position for studying mechanotransduction

mgoepfe from gwdg.de via dros%40net.bio.net (by mgoepfe from gwdg.de)
Tue Jun 21 10:02:32 EST 2011

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.

Project description:
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
Cellular Neurobiology
University of Göttingen
Max-Planck-Institute for Experimental Medicine
Hermann-Rein-Str. 3
37075 Göttingen, Germany
Tel.: 0049 (0)551 3899 437
E-mail: mgoepfe from gwdg.de

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