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Post-doctoral position in Padua/Italy

29 November 2017

Post-doctoral position in Padua/Italy

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A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Prof. Daniela Pietrobon at the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Padova, Italy.
The aim of the laboratory is to advance mechanistic understanding of migraine, through investigation of the cellular and circuit mechanisms of familial hemiplegic migraine (FHM), a rare monogenic form of migraine with aura. Knock-in mice carrying FHM type 1 mutations in the neuronal calcium channel CaV2.1 and FHM type 2 mutations in the astrocytic α2 Na/K ATPase are used as animal models.

The laboratory seeks a talented postdoctoral researcher to take forward a project which combines state-of-the art patch-clamp electrophysiology and optogenetics in acute brain slices to investigate core microcircuits mediating dishinibition and feedforward and feedback inhibition in the cortex, and the role that alterations of specific microcircuits play in FHM pathogenesis.

The candidate must have a PhD in a relevant subject, theoretical understanding and practical knowledge of patch-clamp electrophysiology and data analysis demonstrated by an adequate publication record. Experience working with rodent models, with viral vectors and with optogenetics are desirable and will be a plus.
The position offers an opportunity to learn and apply skills to investigate neuronal microcircuit mechanisms in acute brain slices and in vivo.

Please, direct further enquiries or submit your application to Prof. Pietrobon ( or Dr. Ivan Marchionni (, including a motivation letter, CV (with a separate list of publications), previous research experience and contact information (E-mail addresses) of three persons from whom references could be requested.
The position is available immediately; applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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University of Padua
Biomedical Sciences

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Pietrobon Daniela
Via Ugo Bassi, 58/B
35131 Padova, Italy

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