[visionlist] Postdoc position in Two-photon calcium imaging of the bird retina - Oldenburg, Germany/Oxford, UK

Karin Dedek karin.dedek at uni-oldenburg.de
Thu Mar 7 08:49:25 -04 2019

The research group "Animal Navigation" headed by Prof. Henrik Mouritsen at the Institute of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Oldenburg has been awarded a 6-year ERC Synergy Grant for a project entitled QuantumBirds: Radical pair-based magnetic sensing in migratory birds together with Prof. Peter Hore, University of Oxford.
Applicants are invited for a
Postdoc in Two-Photon Calcium Imaging of the Bird Retina
(100% E13 TV-L, 5 Years)

starting as soon as possible in Oldenburg, Germany.

The navigational and sensory abilities of night-migratory songbirds, travelling alone over thousands of kilometers, are absolutely staggering. The successful completion of these magnificent voyages depends crucially on the birds' ability to sense the Earth's magnetic field. The experimental evidence suggests something extraordinary. The birds' magnetic compass sensor seems to rely on coherent quantum phenomena that indirectly allow magnetic interactions a million times smaller than kBT (Boltzmann's constant multiplied by temperature) to be detected in biological tissue.
Working in QuantumBirds brings together quantum physics, spin chemistry, behavioral biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology in a unique, ambitious, imaginative and genuinely synergetic research programme. We aim to prove whether the primary magnetic detection event occurring in the birds' retinas involves the quantum spin dynamics of photochemically formed radical pairs in cryptochrome proteins.
Using two-photon calcium imaging, you would work on how the bird retina encodes the response to magnetic fields in the responses of its ganglion cells in an international and interdisciplinary group of researchers, who regularly publish their findings in the very best scientific journals (including e.g. 5 papers in Nature since 2009).

Your Qualifications

  *   Advanced knowledge and hands-on experience in calcium imaging is mandatory
  *   High level of enthusiasm, motivation and ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team
  *   Above-average academic university degree and a PhD in neuroscience, biology, physics or similar
  *   Excellent skills in programming (Matlab or Python) and image processing are mandatory
  *   Experience in two-photon calcium imaging is advantageous as is experience in working with the vertebrate retina
·        You have published your previous results in very good ISI-indexed peer-reviewed scientific journals

  *   Excellent spoken and written English
What we offer
The QuantumBirds (www.quantumbirds.eu<file:///C:\Users\Tina%20Schlüter\Documents\ERC\Stellenausschreibungen\www.quantumbirds.eu>) project is located at the University of Oxford, UK (physical and chemical aspects) and at the University of Oldenburg, Germany (biological and biochemical aspects), and collaborates with research groups from around the world. You will be located in Oldenburg and become part of a large diverse team working closely together on related questions and will have access to a wide range of superb modern equipment, techniques and expertise. For more information about our group, see http://www.member.uni-oldenburg.de/henrik.mouritsen/

The University of Oldenburg offers a broad variety of options that will help to further promote your professional development; this includes going to conferences, courses and workshops with great networking opportunities, as well as participating in career and leadership programs.

Family and scientific career are supported by us and the University of Oxford and the University of Oldenburg.

How to apply
Your application should include a letter of motivation, a detailed CV, a publication list, names and phone numbers of at least two personal references,  university and high school certificates. Please send your application as a single pdf-file to Dr. Beate Grünberg beate.gruenberg at uni-oldenburg.de<mailto:beate.gruenberg at uni-oldenburg.de>. All applications received before the 1st of April, 2019 will be considered. We will start looking at the applications after the deadline and will consider further applications until the position is filled.

We and the University of Oldenburg are aware of the power of diversity. In order to increase the percentage of female faculty and staff members, female candidates with equal qualification will be given preference. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification.

Karin Dedek
apl. Prof. Dr. Karin Dedek
University of Oldenburg
Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
Neurosensorics/Animal Navigation
26111 Oldenburg

Mail: karin.dedek at uni-oldenburg.de<mailto:karin.dedek at uni-oldenburg.de>
Web: https://www.uni-oldenburg.de/karin-dedek/

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