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Post-doctoral position in Genova/Italy

07 June 2019

Post-doctoral position in Genova/Italy

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A Junior Postdoc position is about to open up at the Center for Synaptic Neuroscience and Technology (NSYN) of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), at IRCCS San Martino Hospital (Genoa, Italy) for the study of the functional and structural plasticity underlying memory and disease (see Grasselli et al., Cell Rep 2016 14:2546; Paonessa et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2016 113:91; Grasselli et al., PLoS ONE 2011 6: e20791).
The project is supported by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, it focuses on the cerebellum as a model brain area and aims at clarifying how modulations of intrinsic excitability affect axonal morphology and how axonal structural plasticity affects circuit function in memory coding and in the pathogenesis of several diseases, including Multiple Sclerosis and Epilepsy. It will take advantage of conditional knockout mouse strains, in vivo delivery of viral vectors for protein/shRNA expression, confocal microscopy, patch-clamp electrophysiology, optogenetics and time-lapse imaging.
The candidate: holds a relevant PhD, is highly motivated, collaborative, and able to work independently, has excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Previous experience in patch-clamp electrophysiology in brain slices and data analysis, stereotactic surgery, immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy and image analysis will be appreciated.
Within IIT, NSYN is a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative center, devoted to the Neurobiology of Disease and to the development of new Neurotechnologies aimed at clinical translation.

Please, send: motivation letter (scientific + technical expertise, achievements, professional goals in the short-/mid-/long-term, motivations for the specific call), CV (+ publications), names of 2 referees to Dr. Giorgio Grasselli ( and Prof. Fabio Benfenati (, referring to the “FunStructure” project and where this announcement was read. Start by fall 2019.

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Contract length:
2 years
Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Center for Synaptic Neuroscience and Technology (NSYN)

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Giorgio Grasselli
Largo Rosanna Benzi 10, 16132 Genoa, Italy

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