Postdoctoral Position in Neuroscience Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan


We seek to hire two highly motivated postdoctoral scientists to investigate 1/ the role of NMDA receptor molecular diversity in brain function, and 2/ the role of the synaptic microenvironment in the control of NMDA receptors and excitatory neurotransmission, using a combination of approaches including brain slice electrophysiology, molecular replacement, optogenetics, optopharmacology and genetically-modified mice. 
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The candidates should have a solid background in synaptic and cellular electrophysiology (patch-clamp in brain slices) and should show strong interest in molecular and cellular neuroscience with special focus on synaptic transmission and plasticity. A background in molecular biology and receptor pharmacology would be a plus.
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The project is part of a recently awarded ERC Advanced Grant and is to be developed in the team of Pierre Paoletti at the Institut de Biologie de l’ENS (IBENS) in Paris, a team recognized internationally for its work on the structure, function and regulation of NMDA receptors (Neuron 2008, Nature 2009, Nat Rev Neurosci 2009, Nat Neuro 2011, EMBOJ 2011, Nat Struc & Mol Biol 2013, Nat Rev Neurosci 2013, J Neurosci 2014, PNAS 2014, Neuron 2014, Curr Op Pharmacol 2015, Mol Pharmacol 2016, Neuron 2016). The positions have 2 years of initial funding, with the possibility for extension.
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IBENS is a leading biology institute in Europe that gathers several world-class researchers from diverse fields including genetics and genomics, developmental biology, systems biology and neuroscience. IBENS is located in the center of Paris (Latin Quarter) in a highly stimulating and dynamic environment, close to several other top research institutions (Institut Curie, Collège de France, ESPCI Paris Tech…).
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Candidates should send a CV and a brief statement of research experience to Pierre Paoletti:

Job Information

Employment start date:
Contract length:
2 years, renewable
Ecole Normale Supérieure/CNRS/INSERM

Contact Information

Pierre Paoletti
Institut de Biologie de l'ENS (IBENS)
Ecole Normale Supérieure
46 rue d'Ulm
75005 Paris, France

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