Correlative light and electron microscopy and neural circuit reconstruction
The Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology is now
offering a two-year postdoc position in a research group working on cell
type and organ system evolution in invertebrates. The announced
position focuses on the application of correlative and 3D electron
microscopic techniques for integration of light microscopic gene
expression and ultrastructural datasets. The project forms an integral
part of collaborative efforts to uncover neural circuitry of
evolutionary conserved cell types in the central nervous system of the
emerging invertebrate model organism Platynereis dumerilii for analysis of animal nervous system evolution.
Extensive resources for Platynereis dumerilii
are now established by several labs (gene knock down, transgenesis,
advanced imaging tools) and genome sequencing is in process making this
protostome representative a valuable model for molecular and
The position involves a broad spectrum of electron microscopic
methods from automated TEM and SEM imaging of serial sections, 3D image
processing, axon tracing, immunogold studies and new developments in
correlative light and electron microscopy for studying gene expression
on the cellular level. The successful applicant will have a solid
background in electron microscopy and interest in function and evolution
of invertebrate nervous systems. Prior experiences in advanced 3D image
processing and molecular biological techniques are advantageous.
The position is available immediately; the start date is negotiable
The salary for Postdoctoral Researcher (code 8151) starts at NOK 460
593 and will be adjusted accordingly following 2012 wage settlements.
The Sars International Centre is a partner of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and a department of Uni Research AS, affiliated with the University of Bergen.
The Centre is focused on basic research in marine molecular biology,
developmental biology and evolution, through genetic and comparative
studies of invertebrates and vertebrates. The Centre offers excellent
molecular and imaging resources and the University EM facility has
currently been upgraded with new SEM and TEM equipment for automated
image acquisition. EMBL resources will be directly available for the
project due to close collaboration with EMBL members.
Uni Research has employee insurance and pension agreements and is an equal opportunity employer.
For further information regarding the position and scientific
content of the project please contact Dr. Harald Hausen, Group Leader: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written applications in English, including CV, summary of educational
and work experience, a brief statement of research interest and contact
information for two references can be sent to: Uni Sars Centre, HR
Officer, Bergen High Technology Centre, Thormøhlensgt. 55, N-5008
Bergen, Norway. Please mark applications 12 Sars 04. Application deadline is 22 June 2012.
Please note that applications sent by e-mail will not be considered.