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Post-doctoral position in London/UK

12 January 2018

Post-doctoral position in London/UK

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The Knöpfel lab for Neuronal Circuit Dynamics within the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London is seeking a highly-motivated, outstanding Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in NIH-funded non-clinical neuroscience research projects studying brain circuits using optogenetics and optical imaging. The work is to be performed under the auspices of the BRAIN Initiative grant.

The Knopfel lab uses a variety of techniques to focus on neuronal circuit mechanisms in the cerebral and cerebellar cortices. In particular, the lab had developed and used genetically encoded voltage indicators to study neuronal circuit activity in vitro and in vivo. For this exciting position, we plan to use near infrared genetically encoded voltage indicators, which, for the first time, can be efficiently combined with blue-light activated activating or silencing opsins, to enable an all-optical approach that expands classical microelectrode-based intracellular single cell current-clamp recordings.

Candidates should hold a PhD in neuroscience, or a related field, with a strong, high quality publication record. Prior experience in one or several of the following fields: molecular biology and primary neuronal culture, brain slice electrophysiology, and optical imaging and computational methods would be advantageous. The successful applicant should have an outstanding passion for research, and work well in a team.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, CV with publications, and contact details of 3 references directly to Prof. Thomas Knöpfel at Please emphasize your experimental skills and prior research accomplishments. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Contract length:
The contract is offered on a full time basis, fixed term for twelve months in the first instance with the possibility to qualify for extension.
Imperial College London

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Thomas Knopfel
Hammersmith Campus
Imperial College London
London UK W12 0NN
+44 (0)20 7594 6898

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