Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Postdoctoral Researcher position - Sars International Centre, Bergen Norway

Postdoctoral Researcher
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 evolutionary research.
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: harald.hausen@sars.uib.no.
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.

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