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2 x Neuroscience Postdoctoral Research positions available at Pharmacology Department

2 x Postdoctoral Research positions in Neuroscience

Department of Pharmacology

Salary: £27,578-£35,938 pa

Fixed term 5 year appointment

Closing date: June 25th 2012

Two postdoctoral positions are available in Dr Lora Heisler’s laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology in the University of Cambridge. Dr Heisler’s group studies the neural circuits modulating appetite, body weight and type 2 diabetes. The program of work examines fundamental mechanisms through which energy balance associated neurons modulate appetite, body weight and glucose homeostasis in an effort to identify new targets amenable for obesity and type 2 diabetes treatment. We delineate the neuroanatomical, neurochemical and functional nature and determine endogenous regulators of these critical energy balance neurons and pathways. We also elucidate neurons directly sensing dietary nutrients, such as glucose, and other nutritional cues in the modulation of energy and glucose homeostasis and how these neurons form critical neural circuits. Furthermore, we examine the effect of obesity on appetitive behaviours/physiology (including reward) and interrogate the effect of obesity on the functional efficacy of the endogenous signalling pathway. We employ a multi-disciplinary approach using neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, molecular biology, whole body physiology and appetitive behaviour in mouse models of health and human disease.

The successful candidates should hold a PhD in a neuroscience, experimental psychology or physiology-related
 disciplines and have a strong background and experience with one or more of the following: neuroscience, electrophysiology, genetics or AAV, physiology/behaviour or stereotaxic surgery. The position is available for five years from August 2012. Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 May 2017 in the first instance. This appointment is subject to a health assessment. Whether an outcome is satisfactory will be determined by the University. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Applications, to include a CV, coversheet CHRIS/6, including the names and addresses of three referees, should be submitted to the Departmental Administrator, Department of Pharmacology, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge, CB2 1PD, e-mail:
Quote reference: PL00291, Closing Date: 25 June 2012

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Posted on 28/05/2012

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