Postdoctoral researcher in neurobiology at DURHAM UNIVERSITY

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The role Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate in neurobiology with a particular focus on Drosophila neurogenetics. The research project will be undertaken under the supervision of Dr Vincent Croset (Principal Investigator) and funded by UKRI (BBSRC). Nutrition has a significant impact on neural function and behavior. Resolving the interaction between food and the brain is key to preventing or alleviating conditions such as eating disorders, depression or dementia. Nutritional states alter gene expression in the brain, and these alterations may reflect molecular pathways triggering behavioral changes or cellular stress responses induced by the imbalance of key nutrients. This project will use the simple brain of Drosophila melanogaster study the molecular control of behavior dependent on nutritional status. Leveraging recent advances in single-cell transcriptomics, the successful candidate will generate a system-level representation of gene expression correlates of specific nutritional states and assess the behavioral relevance of candidate genes and identified pathways. They will further explore how state-driven transcriptional dynamics change over the lifespan to affect cognitive ability in aged animals.

This position is fixed term for 1 year initially, renewable for a maximum of 2 additional years as funding is only available for a maximum of 3 years. All applicants are invited to submit:

  • A CV and a cover letter that details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;
  • A one-page statement outlining your current and future research interests