Open Ph.D./ postdoctoral positions at the School of Pharmacy - Faculty of Medicine - the Hebrew University

 Discovery of drug targets for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

 The successful candidates will apply innovative approaches to study molecular mechanisms underlying behavior and to discover drug targets for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurological disorders.

 Successful candidates in the fields of pharmaceuticals, medicine, biology (preferable: neurobiology), biochemistry, biomedical engineering, and computer science need to show solid communication skills in English, ability to work both independently and in a team environment, and strong scientific motivation. Experience in some of the following would be an advantage: Western Blot (WB), Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), Proteomics, Mouse Models, Immunohistochemistry (IHC), and Bioinformatics software.

 An application package, including a motivation letter, CV, list of publications and names of two referees, should be sent to Dr. Haitham Amal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) has moved to its new home, and we are offering tenure-track positions.

We are looking for excellent early-stage scientists who aspire to establish active innovative and interdisciplinary research programs in neuroscience.
ELSC builds upon Hebrew University’s record of excellence and innovation in its multidisciplinary approach to brain sciences. ELSC provides a thriving interface between theoretical and experimental neuroscience across levels.
We offer: *State-of-the-art, individually-designed laboratories and research facilities *Competitive start-up funding * Top ranking Ph.D. interdisciplinary program * Ph.D. and post-doc fellowships * State-of-the-art central research facilities * Outstanding academic milieu.
 We seek to recruit scientists in the following areas:
1. Theoretical and computational neuroscience
2. Cognitive neuroscience & human brain imaging
3. System neuroscience
4. Neural circuits and behavior
5. Molecular neuroscience
Application requirements: * Curriculum vitae * A letter of intent * An outline of future research and scientific vision * Reference letters from the PhD advisor and Post-Doctoral host * A copy of 3-5 publications that represent your work * Names of 2-3 additional colleagues willing to provide letters of reference
Applications Deadline: August 15, 2019. Application materials should be submitted on-line Mid-career candidates should contact ELSC directors directly at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For further information, please contact Mrs. Alona Shani-Narkiss: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; phone: 972-2-6586085

Call for Tenure Track Faculty Positions in Neurobiology – Tel Aviv University

 

The School of Neurobiology, Biochemistry and Biophysics Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position, with expertise in Molecular and Cellular Neurophysiology and Brain Disorders, beginning October 2020.

Individuals holding Ph.D. and/or M.D., or equivalent degrees, with two or more years of postdoctoral experience and a strong publication records are encouraged to apply. Applicants should demonstrate excellence in research and strong potential for securing and sustaining independent and collaborative extramural funding. A successful applicant will be expected to develop an innovative, independent research program, and to share our commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education.

For full consideration, applications should be received by September 26, 2019, and should include:

1) Cover letter

2) Curriculum vitae

3) Research statement

4) Teaching statement

5) Three letters of recommendation.

Applications should be sent by email by September 26, 2019 to Prof. Ronit Pinkas-Kramarski, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Head of the School of Neurobiology, Biochemistry and Biophysics.

 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 26 September 2019

 

The laboratory of Dr. Shai Sabbah in the Department of Medical Neurobiology at the Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is seeking motivated PhD candidates to study retinal and brain circuits that mediate the effect of abnormal lighting on mood.

Light impacts mood in ways we are only beginning to recognize. The short days of winter can trigger seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Whereas, combining light with antidepressant therapy outperforms antidepressant therapy alone, not only in SAD patients, but also in non-seasonal major depressive disorder (MDD). Thus, light affects mood and can augment antidepressant therapy. However, the mechanisms underlying the effect of light on mood have remained unclear. The recent demonstration that a novel retino-thalamo-frontocortical pathway is necessary and sufficient for the induction of depression by abnormal lighting places us in a unique position to resolve this mystery. Our lab studies the synaptic input, functional organization, and broader behavioral significance of this pathway. The mechanistic insights obtained will pave the way for the development of treatments for diverse light-dependent mood disorders.

We use mouse genetic models and combine: (1) in vitro and in vivo functional imaging and electrophysiology, (2) reconstructions of neural circuits using light and electron microscopy, (3)

optogenetic and chemogenetic manipulations of neural activity, and (4) behavioral analysis.

Successful candidates will show solid communication skills in English, ability to work both independently and as part of a research team, strong scientific motivation, and skill in data processing. Experience in one or more of the following would be an advantage: intracranial surgeries, optogenetics, animal behavioral analysis, two-photon imaging, in vivo electrophysiology, and Matlab or python programing.  

An application package, including a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications and names of 2-3 referees, should be sent to Dr. Shai Sabbah.

Contact Information

Department of Medical Neurobiology

Faculty of Medicine

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ein Kerem

P.O. Box 12271, Jerusalem, 9112102 Israel

Phone: +972-2-6758401

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: https://www.shaisabbahlab.com/

For a research project  in Dr. Inna Gaisler-Salomon’s lab at the University of Haifa, we are looking for a talented, hard-working and fun post-doctoral researcher to study molecular mechanisms of cognitive behavior in a mouse model.

Must have experience working with mice or rats, in vivo, preferably in behavioral models.

Experience with intra-cerebral injections and molecular techniques (PCR, RT-PCR, IHC) – a plus.

Please send CV to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 We are looking for outstanding, highly motivated, and scientifically curious PhD students or postdocs to fill two positions in two ongoing projects in the lab.

In these two projects we investigate different aspect of cortical computation. Our approach is motivated by the notion that to understanding cortical computations we need to study simpler cortical systems. We therefor set to investigate the ancestral cortex of reptiles which is the closest to the first cortex appearing in evolution.

 CortiCodes – In this project we set out to study visual processing in turtle cortex. Surprisingly, unlike mammalian primary cortices, the turtle cortex lacks a topographic representation of visual space and exhibits sparse and variable responses to visual stimuli. Consistently, visual stimulation recruits waves and oscillations that span the entire cortex. These characteristics are not in-line with the notion that neurons extract local features of visual space, but rather suggest that global population codes are employed. We will explore these codes by employing a combination of in-vivo and ex-vivo large-scale electrophysiology and behavioral analysis.

Brain state evolution - In this project we set out to investigate the functional role of neuronal organization across different brain states. During such states the neo-cortex and the hippocampus exhibit marked transitions in population patterns, the function of which is still not understood. We will focus on bearded dragons which brain exhibits very organized transitions between states during sleep and wakefulness. We will study the organization and function of these transitions by employing in-vivo electrophysiology, quantitative behavioral analysis and new behavioral paradigms.

Requirements - We encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply. Preference will be given to students with a background in engineering, computer science or physics or students with experience in electrophysiology (extra-cellular or intracellular) or animal behavior.

For more information please send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our web-page https://www.evolutionarycodinglab.com

We are looking for a project manager for our project in Ethiopia: "project eye opener".  This is a worldwide unique project that combines a humanistic goal and an ambitious scientific agenda.  The project, which has been founded 7 years ago, is focused on finding children who have been blind due to congenital cataracts, and due to poor medical resources have not been treated since birth.  The cataract-afflicted children typically remain blind due to lack of diagnosis and medical care and all too often die before reaching adulthood.  Our project finds these children, makes sure they get surgery, & follows their visual development.  This allows studying the bottlenecks for visual functional recovery, and developing a theory of visual development in such circumstances. Eventually, we aim to come up with the best rehabilitation strategies, given our improved understanding of the limitations due to their condition.  

If you wish to learn more, please  have a look at our website: https://www.project-eyeopener.org/

This is a grand project, which is growing in size.

We are looking for a person that will be able to manage this. The ideal candidate should have the following skills:

1) A PhD in vision science, cognitive psychology,  systems neuroscience or related fields (e.g. sensory systems).  

2) Basic technical skills (e.g. in  visual psychophysics, software writing: matlab or python, and recording techniques: EEG , eye-tracking, etc.).

3) Ability to handle uncertainty and get things done in difficult situations   (as is the usual case in Ethiopia: power failure, problems with transportation, etc).

4) High social capabilities, as you need to interact and motivate the local crew and the kids in Ethiopia.

5) Good managing skills, to make sure that the annual trips for data collection, are well planned and meticulously organized.

The person will make 2-3 10-day trips a year for data collection. The rest of the work will be based in the Hebrew University.

The job is based on a soft money position. I currently have secured money for this position for at least 3 years.  Securing money for the period after this is probably very likely: We already raised more than 2.5 M euro for this project  in the last 7 years.

Please contact Prof. Ehud Zohary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  if you are interested. You will need to supply at least 2 names of people who can give you a recommendation. No need for official letters at this point. The position is immediately available.