Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Marseilles/France

16 May 2018

Ph.D. Student in Marseilles/France

Job ID
18951
Place
Marseilles/France

Description

Project background: Recent studies investigating the role of visual areas in spatial cognition showed a clear place selectivity of primary visual cortical (V1) neurons in rodents and, more importantly, showed that these neurons displayed also robust replay. In line with these results, we recently discovered neurons in the dorsal Lateral Geniculate Nucleus (dLGN – thalamic structure located one synapse upstream of the primary visual area) that show spatial-selective firing properties very similar to hippocampal place cells.

Objectives: Based on these results, we hypothesise that the dLGN supports a much more integrative function that initially thought. The objective of this project is thus to investigate the functional network including V1, dLGN and Superior Colliculus that we believe to be instrumental in learning and memory processes. In particular, we will examine whether dLGN neurons show replay. We will also investigate inter-structural functional interactions by inactivating V1 or SC and observe these effects on dLGN neuronal activity. In order to address these questions, we will characterize more precisely dLGN place cell specific properties and investigate brain connectivity networks that underlie memory formation using behavioural, pharmacological and electrophysiological analyses.

Expected candidate profile: Candidates should have in-depth training in all aspects of the integrated research, at both the conceptual and technological levels in a range of modern methods and technologies, including stereotaxic surgery, single cell recording in vivo, local field potentials and oscillations recording in vivo and behaviour analysis.

Send via email, in electronic form (PDF, as SINGLE document), your application including:
1. CV
2. letter stating research interests
3. certificates of university degrees
4. two letters of reference.

Job Information

Closing date:
2018-07-01
Employment start date:
2018-10-01
Contract length:
3 years
Institution:
Aix-Marseille University
Department:
Laboratory of Cognitive Neurosciences

Contact Information

Vincent Hok
LNC LABORATOIRE DE NEUROSCIENCES COGNITIVES
Aix-Marseille Université - Saint Charles - 3 Place Victor Hugo - 13003 Marseille
Phone
+33(0)4 13 550 907
Email
vincent.hok@univ-amu.fr
Website
https://lnc.univ-amu.fr/en

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