Max Planck Institute,Nijmegen
The Language &GeneticsDepartment of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen,the Netherlands) is offering a 4-year Postdoctoral Research Scientist positionin Functional Genomics of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
Who we are:
The MPI in Nijmegen is aleading research institute internationally, with a stimulating environment,outstanding facilities and exceptional resources. The Language &Geneticsdepartment, directed by Prof Simon E Fisher, is known for pioneering researchinto the molecular bases of human speech and language, and uses cutting-edgemethods to trace the connections between genes, neuronal and brain functions,and behaviour.
The Language &Geneticsdepartment is well funded and has newly-built modern wet-labs for moleculargenetic research, with state-of-the-art equipment, including its owncell-culture facilities and a dedicated confocal microscope with livecell-imaging capabilities. The laboratories are complemented by excellentinfrastructure for data-analysis and bioinformatics, supported by a centraltechnical group. We also benefit from close connections with expert teams inhuman genetics at the Radboud University Medical Centre and inneuroscience and brain imaging at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognitionand Behaviour.
The research program focuses onthe functional dissection of key neurogenetic pathways that we have implicatedin speech and language development. The successful candidate will lead projectsinvestigating functions of genes involved in major neurodevelopmental disorders,such as autism and speech/language impairment, using cutting-edge techniques innovel cellular model systems. More details on some of the ongoing projects canbe found at:
Who we are looking for:
The candidate must hold a PhDqualification related to molecular biology, genetics, molecular neuroscience ora related subject, with a strong publication record in their field. Expertisein a range of molecular and cell biological methods is essential. Previousexperience with neuronal differentiation and assays on neuronal properties(i.e. migration, outgrowth, synaptogenesis) is highly desirable. Familiarity orexperience with the CRISPR/Cas system will be an advantage. An Article 9 of theExperiments on Animals Act (Wet op de dierproeven [Wod]) is not required, butwould be welcome. The successful candidate must have excellent communicationand writing skills, and will also be involved in managing a team of studentsand technicians. Depending on level of seniority, the candidate will also havethe opportunity to develop novel research lines that fit within the remit ofthe department.
Theposition is available from April 2017, although later starting dates will begiven consideration. The term of appointment is for four years, with a salaryaccording to the German TVöD.
The Institute is part of theMax Planck Society (Germany), albeit that it is located in the Netherlands. Thelanguage of the Institute is English. Scientists in the Netherlands reportamong the highest job satisfaction ratings of any in the world. The Max PlanckSociety is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, people withdisabilities and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.
Applications should include:
(i)A statement of interest, explaining why you fit the criteria for the position
(iii)a list of publications;
(iv) the names, email addressesand contact numbers of at least two referees who would be willing to provideletters of recommendation;
Send applications or enquiriesby e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mail: Martina Bernhard(Secretary to Prof. S Fisher, Director)
Language &Genetics Dept
Max Planck Institute forPsycholinguistics
6525 XD Nijmegen
The closingdate for applications is 17th February 2017.
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