Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Uppsala/Sweden

30 September 2020

Ph.D. Student in Uppsala/Sweden

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PhD position in Neurobiology - Functional neurocircuitry analysis

The PhD position is available in Prof. Mackenzie´s research group where research is focused on neurocircuitry analysis of the subthalamic nucleus and surrounding brain structures of importance to motor, affective and associative functions. Our research is centered around uncovering neurobiological underpinnings of the network in which the subthalamic nucleus acts. We use mouse transgenics and optogenetics to unravel brain pathways and their involvement in behavioral regulation. In addition to in vivo-studies, molecular biology and histology are important techniques. Our group is international and English is the language most commonly used.
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Duties/Project description: The subthalamic nucleus is already a clinically important area but basic neurobiological knowledge is largely missing. Dysregulated activity of the subthalamic nucleus is strongly associated with several neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. This PhD project aims at decoding the subthalamic nucleus anatomically and functionally using mouse genetics, optogenetics, and behavioral assessment. The project is experimental and pre-clinical with focus on unraveling the correlation between neuronal populations and their functional role.

Requirements: Completed university education at master degree in neuroscience, cell/molecular biology, pharmacology or similar.
The ideal candidate is highly motivated and possesses laboratory skills. Specific emphasis is placed on personal qualities.

The PhD-student position is a 4-year full time appointment.

Application should be submitted via the Varbi system according to instructions:

To view recent publications, see Pubmed: Åsa Wallén-Mackenzie.

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Contract length:
4 years
Uppsala University
Cell and Molecular Biology & Organismbiology

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Åsa Mackenzie
Uppsala university
Norbyvägen 18A

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