Postdoctoral Associate

University of Massachusetts

Amherst, MA

Job posting number: #7057665

Posted: June 12, 2019

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Funded postdoc in developmental neurobiology, U Mass-Amherst
The Pallas lab will be moving to the University of Massachusetts- Amherst in summer 2019. We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc who is well-trained in electrophysiological approaches to understanding development and plasticity of mammalian neural pathways. Our interests include: the roles of patterning genes and neural activity in directing the construction of the synaptic connectivity responsible for visual perception; the mechanisms that allow recovery of visual function following injury or sensory deprivation; the regulation of critical periods of synaptic plasticity; and the evolution of developmental mechanisms. Our approaches include in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology, pharmacological manipulation of neural activity, imaging of neurons and neural pathways, gene and protein expression assays, manipulation of gene expression using viral vectors, use of transgenic and knockout mice, and behavioral assays of perception. The successful candidate will receive strong mentoring by a supportive PI. This is a rare opportunity to be part of setting up a new but fully equipped lab with an established senior investigator. Candidates from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

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