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Post-doctoral position in Edinburgh/UK

14 January 2020

Post-doctoral position in Edinburgh/UK

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Applications are invited for a research fellow position in Dr. Jian Gan’s lab in the UK Dementia Research Institute at the University of Edinburgh, starting in Spring 2020 or thereafter.

We investigate real-time neurocircuit dynamics underlying network oscillations, cognition, and decision-making in vivo. With such knowledge, we sort to elaborate on what, where, when and how such dynamism goes wrong in disease conditions, e.g. dementia. We approach these questions by a combination of state-of-the-art methodologies in neuroscience, for instance in vivo patch-clamp recording, large-scale silicon probe recording, well-controlled quantitative behaviors in virtual reality and optogenetics.

Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in neuroscience/physiology/pharmacology/psychology or related quantitative disciplines (e.g. computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics) with a strong curiosity in neural circuits and animal models of neural diseases. Applicants should have either good experimental skills or strong computational/quantitative ability. Experience in electrophysiology or Ca2+ imaging in vivo, patch-clamp recording in vitro, stereotaxic surgery, behavioral training, and histology is highly desirable. Some proficiency in relevant programming languages (e.g. MATLAB, C++, Python, R) with regard to analyzing electrophysiological/imaging data or signal processing of neural networks is advantageous.

Please find Dr. Jian Gan’s biography and publications at

The position is full time and fixed term, with the possibility of extension.

Salary: Grade 7, £33,797 - £40,322 per annum.

For inquiries please send your CV and a brief personal statement describing your interest to Dr. Jian Gan at

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University of Edinburgh
UK DRI/Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences

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Jian Gan
UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI)
Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences
The University of Edinburgh
Chancellor's Building, 49 Little France Crescent
Edinburgh, EH16 4SB

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