2 year engineer/research assistant position
neural basis of learning & memory
We are seeking for a motivated neuroscientist to investigate the cellular basis of learning and memory and more particularly how value is encoded in the fly brain and how it influences value-based decisions. This project involves using physiological (in vivo calcium imaging) and behavioural experiments in the fruit fly Drosophila as part of a scientific program funded by the ATIP-Avenir (CNRS/Inserm) and the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation.
Candidates should hold a Master degree or a PhD in neuroscience and demonstrate expertise/knowledge in the field of in vivo physiology and/or animal behaviour. A plus will be an expertise in fly genetics and in programming (Python, R or MATLAB) for data analysis of in vivo physiology experiments. Candidates must be curious, creative and able to work both independently and within a team.
The engineer/research assistant will be part of the Perisse lab based in the Department of Neuroscience at the Institute for Functional Genomics at the University of Montpellier in the south of France. This multidisciplinary research Institute offers a dynamic and international environment with multiple opportunities for collaborations, seminars and workshops (https://www.igf.cnrs.fr/index.php/en/research-en/departments-en/neuroscience-en and https://perisselab.com).
The lab uses a multi-level approach combining the powerful genetic toolkit available in Drosophila with molecular biology, optogenetic, behaviour and in vivo 2-photon calcium imaging techniques in behaving flies to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying value learning and value-based decisions.
This is a full-time, fixed-term post from January/February 2019 to January/February 2021.
A CV and 1-2 referee contact information should be sent to Dr Emmanuel Perisse (firstname.lastname@example.org) preferably before end-October 2018.
Interviews will be done over Skype.