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Post-doctoral position in Genova/Italy

01 August 2019

Post-doctoral position in Genova/Italy

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The Center for Synaptic Neuroscience and Technology of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) at IRCCS San Martino Hospital (Genoa, Italy), is offering a junior postdoctoral position for the project “High-resolution photostimulation strategies to rescue vision and alleviate geriatric frailty in age-related macular degeneration” funded by the Cariplo Foundation for the Call "Biomedical Research on Aging-related Pathologies" (grant 2018-0505), under the supervision of prof. Fabio Benfenati. We are looking for a talented postdoctoral fellow who will join a multidisciplinary team to investigate neuronal interfaces with photosensitive polymeric nanoparticles for their ability to photo-stimulate neurons, retinal explants and in vivo retinas in experimental models of retinal degeneration. The studies will include the elucidation of the basic mechanisms of light-induced neuronal activation, and the electrophysiological analysis of the processing of visual information from the retina to the visual cortex. The successful candidate should have been trained during a PhD course in Neuroscience, Neurophysiology or similar subjects and have experience in cellular electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy and image analysis. Experience in in-vivo recordings will be also appreciated. Salary and benefits will be competitive and in line with international standards. If interested, go to the official job post in the IIT website:
and submit your application in PDF format to:, including curriculum vitae, up to 3 representative publications, a motivation letter and names and contacts of two referees. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for skype/in-person interview. The position will start by Fall 2019.

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24 months
Italian Institute of Technology
Center for Synaptic Neuroscience and Technology

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Fabio Benfenati
Center for Synaptic Neuroscience and Technology
Italian Institute of Technology
Largo Rosanna Benzi 10
16132 Genova - Italy

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