The group of Dr. Arnau Busquets Garcia is seeking for a Postdoctoral candidate with strong interest in Behavioral Neuroscience.
This is an excellent opportunity to join the project HIGHMEMORY (Beyond classical conditioning : Hippocampal circuits in higher-order memory processes), a project aimed towards understanding complex conditioning processes in order to study how the brain encode and store previous experiences to guide future actions.
Description : The overall aim of HIGHMEMORY is to elucidate the brain mechanisms involved in higher-order conditioning in mice.
Specifically, by using in vivo imaging and viral approaches combined with complex behavioral tasks, we will study how cortico-hippocampal neuronal projections participate in the modulation of complex associative learning and which is the impact of these complex cognitive processes in pathological states such as psychotic states. .
The applicant will be dedicated to set up fiber photometry recordings in mice and to apply them to several higher-order conditioning paradigms in combination with pharmacological, viral and optogenetic approaches.
Requirements : We seek outstanding individuals awarded with a PhD in disciplines such as Biology, Medicine, Pharmacy or similar.
We are looking for highly motivated and organized candidates with good communication skills, initiative, creativity, capable of working in a group but also with a high degree of work autonomy and interest to form students.
Experience in in vivo calcium imaging in rodents and training in mouse surgical procedures is essential. In addition, experience in calcium imaging analysis and / or optogenetic approaches will be highly appreciated.
High quality publications will be highly considered. Good communication skills and proficiency in written and spoken English are also essential.
Research Center : The research will be carried out at the IMIM (), a multi-disciplinary research center which is located in the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (