We are seeking a highly motivated and creative candidate for a Postdoctoral fellowship to join our team at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Neuroscience and Brain Technologies department.
Cognitive and social impairments represent one of the earlier, most impairing and incurable symptoms in neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, a disorder with a very high genetic component. Despite this, the understanding of genetics and related brain mechanisms underlying these behavioral alterations are still very poor. The aim of this project is to evaluate how genetic variations might alter the developmental trajectories of brain circuits relevant to higher order cognitive abilities and social behaviors. To achieve this goal, using genetically modified mice, we will employ a combined approach strictly linking behavioral outputs (from mice performing complex cognitive and social tasks) with circuit-level manipulations with in vivo pharmaco- and optogenetics and in vivo electrophysiology.
The candidate must have published at least a first-author paper and have a PhD or equivalent degree in Pharmacology, Statistics, Medicine, Neuroscience, Genetics, Bioengineering, Physics or comparable fields.
The research fellowship is intended for a 3-year position.