A Postdoctoral Fellow position is immediately available in Dr. Xu's lab in the Department of Biology at Saint Louis University (SLU) to work on a NSF-funded project investigating the mechanisms that control the formation of gap junction-mediated electrical synapse between Lymnaea central neurons. The studies involve a variety of techniques including cell culture, electrophysiology, calcium imaging, pharmacology, immunocytochemistry, and molecular biology.
The lab uses both invertebrate freshwater snail (Lymnaea stagnalis) and vertebrate (rat and mouse) primary neuronal cell culture models to study neural outgrowth, regeneration, synapse formation and synaptic plasticity. The lab is one of very few labs who can extract single neurons and culture them in vitro for long-term, real-time analyzing neural development and synapse formation processes at single cell level using combined modern techniques. The lab research is very collaborative and interdisciplinary. The candidates would have plenty of opportunities to interact with members in the department, across campus, and in other institutions, as well as gain valuable experience with project management and student mentoring.
The ideal candidate would have a PhD in Neuroscience, Biology or other related fields and have strong experience with molecular biology techniques including cloning, PCR, RNAi, and western blotting. The candidates would receive training in cell culture, electrophysiology, calcium imaging and neurochip techniques. In addition, the candidate should have strong work ethics, be highly motivated, and have excellent written and oral communication skills.
To apply, please email a cover letter (or a brief statement of research experience/interests) and current curriculum vitae, along with contact information of three referees to Dr. Fenglian Xu, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Saint Louis University, 3507 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO, USA 63103, firstname.lastname@example.org. The lab group will be attending the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago, IL, USA (Oct 19-23). Please indicate if you are attending SFN. We are looking forward to meeting you in SFN.
About Saint Louis University Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic institutions dedicated to student learning, research, healthcare and service. It is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages nominations of and application from women and minorities. For more information, please visit slu.edu. For information on the Department of Biology, please visit at https://www.slu.edu/arts-and-sciences/biology. Information on the lab can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/slu.edu/xu-lab/
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About Saint Louis University
Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic institutions. For more information, please visit slu.edu. For information on the Department of Biology, please visit at https://www.slu.edu/arts-and-sciences/biology.