[Drosophila] PhD and postdoc positions to study mechanosensation
mgoepfe from gwdg.de
(by mgoepfe from gwdg.de)
Wed Jan 19 06:21:44 EST 2011
Work on Mechanosensation at the University of Gottingen
We are seeking a highly motivated and energetic PhD students and
postdoctoral fellows to join the research group of Martin Gopfert in
the Department of Cellular Neurobiology at the University of
Our lab studies the molecular basis of mechanosensation in Drosophila
using biomechanical, neurophysiological, and molecular biology
techniques. Various mechanosensory relevant genes have been identified
in mutant screens, including TRP ion channels and motors that may be
mechanotransducer components as well as relatives of various
mechanosensory relevant human genes. The projects will focus on the
detailed analysis of the roles of certain gene products in the process
of mechanosensation, including studies of gene expression patterns,
protein localization, and protein/mechanosensory cell function.
Methods will include standard molecular biology techniques, the
generation of transgenic flies, electrophysiology, laser Doppler
vibrometry, and life imaging of intracellular calcium signals.
The projects will be embedded in the newly established Collaborative
Research Center “Cellular Mechanisms of Sensory Processing”, the
Göttingen Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, and the DFG
Research Center “Molecular Physiology of the Brain”.
• A master, Diploma, or Ph.D. in the biological life sciences.
• Experience/Expertise in Drosophila Genetics and ideally a strong
background in cell and molecular biology or neurobiology and biophysics.
• The ideal candidate will be able to work independently, display
excellent interpersonal communication skills, and a desire to work
with others on large projects.
• Kamikouchi et al., Nature 458, 165-171 (2009).
• Bechstedt et al., Nature Commun 1, 11 (2010).
• Kamikouchi et al., Nature Protoc 5, 1229 - 1235 (2010).
Please send your application including a letter describing your goals
and why this position appeals to you, a CV and two letters of
recommendation to Prof. Dr. Martin Gopfert, E-mail: mgoepfe from gwdg.de.
Please indicate “Flybase ad" in the subject line of the e-mail.
Closing date is February 20th, 2011.
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
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