Connecting European Neuroscience

Post-doctoral position in Bern/Switzerland

13 September 2019

Post-doctoral position in Bern/Switzerland

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We are looking for a self-motivated and talented postdoctoral fellow to study the role of stress granules on neuronal homeostasis and activity in motoneurons derived from ALS patient iPSCs and PBMC. The project will build on our findings that C9orf72 is involved in stress granule dynamics (Maharjan et al., 2016) and current open questions involve investigating the interplay between ER stress and stress granules on critical mRNAs governing structural and functional plasticity.

The candidate will join the team of Smita Saxena at the Dept. of Neurology, University of Bern, Switzerland. The research focus of the group lies in understanding circuit associated mechanisms involved in neurodegeneration. The lab employs state of the art in vivo and in vitro techniques spanning from chemogenetics, single cells OMICS to in vivo imaging.

Applicants must have a PhD with relevant experience working with iPSC derived neurons, including confocal imaging and other cellular techniques. Knowledge of transdifferentiation techniques is a plus but not necessary. Junior postdoctoral candidates are expected to have at least one 1st author article published in a quality peer-reviewed journal. Advanced level postdoctoral fellows are also applicable to apply and salary will be based on experience. Initial contract is for two years (based on yearly positive evaluation) with further extension for another 2 years.

Please submit a cover letter, CV and the names of at least two referees to

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2 years
University of Bern
Department of Neurology

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Smita Saxena
Department of Neurology
Inselspital Bern, University of Bern
3010 Bern, Switzerland

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