The Speer laboratory at the University of Maryland, College Park has an opening for a postdoctoral research fellow to help advance our research in developing visual circuits. We are investigating activity-dependent molecular mechanisms that regulate the refinement of parallel retinal pathways to distinct visual centers in the brain. We are currently developing new research lines using transcriptomic, proteomic, and high-resolution molecular imaging analyses to examine local protein translation contributing to the development of synaptic connections in the mouse visual system. Postdocs will have access to excellent scientific resources and opportunities for future career development (e.g. presentations at conferences, opportunities for grant applications, advanced training courses, etc.).
Successful candidates should have a strong background (Ph.D. required) in molecular, developmental, or systems neuroscience with significant expertise in two or more of the following areas: molecular biological techniques for RNA/protein analysis, immunoprecipitation assays, RNA/protein bioinformatics, microscopy and associated instrumentation (2-P, confocal, epifluorescence, electron microscopy, or preferably super-resolution imaging), assay development related to tissue histology/sample preparation/immunohistochemical labeling, electron microscopy sample preparation (ultramicrotomy), viral vector transgenesis and/or electroporation, whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiological recording, and programming in Python and Matlab. Experience working with and maintaining transgenic mice is essential.
Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file to Colenso Speer (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include 1) a short cover letter outlining your research interests as they pertain to the position, 2) your curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for three references.