Three PhD student positions are available. We are looking for highly motivated students interested in cellular mechanisms and neural computation supporting spatial navigation and working memory. Previous lab experience in patch-clamp recordings, in vivo electrophysiology, computer programing and animal behavior tasks will be an advantage.
Project 1: This project focuses on cellular mechanisms for spatial navigation and path integration in the medial entorhinal cortex. Main technique required is in vitro patch clamp recordings combined with genetic and optogenetical manipulations.
Project 2: This project focuses on the cellular mechanism supporting path integration and grid cell firing in the medial entorhinal cortex. Main technique required will be in vivo electrophysiological recordings combined with behavioral tasks.
Project 3: The focus of the project is on the cellular mechanisms underlying dopaminergic and cholinergic neuromodulations of working memory in the auditory cortex. In this project, in vitro electrophysiological recordings will be combined with genetic and optogenetic manipulations, and anatomical analysis using retrograde tracers. This is a collaborative project with Dr. Janelle Pakan at OVGU.
The group is multinational and candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. A master’s degree or equivalent is required, and candidates must be fluent in English. Students will have a unique opportunity to interact with colleagues with different expertise such as two-photon microscopy, primate behavior, as well as rodent electrophysiology.
Please send (1) a letter describing your lab experiencesand techniques, scientific interests, and earliest possible starting date, (2) a CV and (3) names of three references to Dr. Motoharu Yoshida: firstname.lastname@example.org.