Postdoctoral fellow and PhD positions

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Saint Louis University

NSF_BIO funded Postdoctoral and PhD positions are immediately available in Dr. Xu's lab in the Department of Biology at Saint Louis University (SLU) to work on a project investigating the mechanisms that control the formation of gap junction-mediated electrical synapse between central neurons. The studies involve a variety of techniques including cell culture, electrophysiology, calcium imaging, pharmacology, immunocytochemistry, and molecular biology.

The ideal candidate would have strong background in Neuroscience, Biology or other related fields and have strong experience with molecular biology techniques including cloning, PCR, RNAi, and western blotting.  The candidates would receive training in electrophysiology, calcium imaging and neurochip techniques. In addition, the candidate should have strong work ethics, be highly motivated, and have excellent written and oral communication skills.

The lab uses both invertebrate freshwater snail (Lymnaea stagnalis) and vertebrate (rat and mouse) primary cell culture models. The lab is one of very few labs who can extract single neurons and culture them in vitro for long-term, real-time analyzing synapse formation processes at single cell level using combined modern techniques. The Lymnaea system is excellent for candidate to provide training of undergraduate students in neuroscience. The lab research is very collaborative and interdisciplinary.  The candidates would have plenty of opportunities to interact with members in the department, across the SLU campus, and in other institutions.

To apply, please email the Curriculum Vitae and a Brief Statement of Research Experience/Interests, along with contact information of three referees to Dr. Fenglian Xu ([email protected]). The lab group will be attending the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago, IL, USA (Oct 19-23). Please indicate if you are attending SFN.

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