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Postdoctoral position in super-resolution imaging and diffusion modeling in brain extracellular space

The Laboratory of Neuronal Excitability is looking for a postdoctoral researcher for a Spain/US collaborative project. The aim is to model diffusion in the brain extracellular space (ECS), based on super-resolved microscopy images of neuropil in live mouse brain slices. The ultimate goal is to learn how ECS structure dynamically shape signaling and metabolite clearance pathways in the brain. The selected candidate will be trained in super-resolution STED/SUSHI microscopy (Tonnesen et al, Cell 2018) to effectively map out ECS structure and dynamics, and be involved in building a computational model of diffusion based on these images.

Summary Information

Profile for this position
The candidate should have scientific curiosity, patience and stamina, be capable of independent thinking, and have the motivation to take charge of and advance the project. The project is highly collaborative with a partner lab in Texas that are specialists on computational modeling. We ideally want someone who will contribute to an enthusiastic, productive and fun work environment, including training and mentoring of junior lab members. Within our group we openly share all data, ideas and technical knowledge. We encourage anyone who, more or less, meet these criteria to apply.
Contract
We offer 2-3 years postdoctoral salary through a full postdoctoral contract also covering social insurance, with duration depending on starting date. Our research group resides in new facilities at the Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience in Bilbao (Spain). We are a young and dynamic lab on an upward trajectory, and we embrace diversity, inclusivity and positive encouragement. A tentative starting date is 01 February 2023 (flexible).
Elegiblity
We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious candidate with a PhD degree, or equivalent, and potentially postdoctoral experience in bio-photonics, advanced optical microscopy, biophysics, diffusion modeling, or other relevant areas. The work involves daily usage of an advanced custom-built STED microscope and experience with, or interest in, such equipment is a plus.
Application deadline 15 Dec, 2022
Expected contract starting date 01 Feb, 2023

How to apply

To apply, send an E-mail, using as subject "POSTDOC 2022" to jan.tonnesen@ehu.eus, including:
  1. Letter of motivation (max 1 page)
  2. Updated CV (max 3 pages)
  3. Contact info for two references