The Institute for Auditory Neuroscience of the University Medical Center Göttingen (Germany) and Auditory Neuroscience Group, Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine invite applications for a
Postdoctoral position in Synaptic Nanophysiology
– available initially until 31.03.2023, TV-L (E13) –
The successful candidate will conduct biophysical experiments and modeling on the synaptic nanoanatomy and nanophysiology of experimentally well accessible synapses of the auditory pathway.
Our work aims at elucidating the presynaptic mechanisms of the active zones of inner hair cell ribbon synapses using state of the art electrophysiology (pre- and/or postsynaptic patch-clamp, capacitance measurements) and optical methods (uncaging, confocal, 2-photon and STED imaging, optogenetics) to study normal and genetically manipulated synapses and combine the experiments with biophysical modelling to target fundamental research questions such as:
How is the high temporal precision of the auditory code brought about by a chain of stochastic events at the hair cell synapse?
What is the molecular machinery underlying exocytosis at the hair cell synapse?
What is the role of the synapses’ heterogeneity in coding sound over a wide range of intensities?
We are looking for excellent and highly motivated applicants with a strong background in physics or life sciences and proven experience in biophysical techniques. Competence in electrophysiology and state of the art microscopical imaging will be useful. Good computational skills and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary (combining molecular, structural, physiological, and theoretical approaches) and international team of researchers are required.
The Göttingen Campus is a leading Neuroscience Center hosting numerous prestigious and internationally renowned research institutions. This includes the University and its Medical Center, three life science Max Planck Institutes, the European Neuroscience Institute, and the German Primate Center. The Institute for Auditory Neuroscience & InnerEarLab is tightly integrated in the Campus with research groups hosted also at non-university Institutions and runs numerous stimulating collaborations on Campus such as within the collaborative sensory research center SFB889 (www.sfb889.uni-goettingen.de/) and the Multiscale Bioimaging Cluster of Excellence.
Please submit your application preferably in one single PDF-document, including cover letter, CV, list of publications, names of possible referees, and relevant certificates to: ianoff[at]gwdg.de until July 31st 2021.
University Medical Center Göttingen
Institute for Auditory Neuroscience
Prof. Dr. Tobias Moser
Travel and application fees cannot be refunded or transferred.