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Current Open Positions

Two fully funded postdoctoral positions open

 

Postdoctoral fellow position to study microbiome-behavior interactions

We are seeking to hire a microbiologist with a strong background in microbial genetics to study the effects of specific microbes on host behavior. We have established a model in which two specific gut bacteria species alter feeding decisions in the powerful genetic model organism Drosophila melanogaster. You will coordinate a new interdisciplinary project funded by the Kavli and the Champalimaud Foundations. The project aims at employing bacteria genetics to study how the microbiome affects the appetite of the host. We aim at combining microbial genetics, metabolomics, cutting edge automated, quantitative behavioral assays, and circuit imaging approaches to identify the mechanism by which these microorganisms act on the brain to influence specific appetites of the host.

You should be an experienced, creative, passionate, dedicated, and productive microbial genetics with a strong interest in expanding your scientific horizon into the direction of circuit neuroscience and behavior. Experience in metabolism research, microbe-host interactions, genetics of Acetobacteraceae and/or Lactobacilli, and/or the use of Drosophila as a model organism are strong advantages but not required. A proven ability to learn, independence, and leadership skills will trump specific technical skills. We are an interdisciplinary and international team working together to tackle the neuronal basis of nutrition. We strongly value team spirit and a positive and empowering work environment. You can find more information at: http://www.gourmetflies.net

Candidates are encouraged to send applications (cover letter, CV, and contact information of 3 references) to Carlos.Ribeiro@neuro.fchampalimaud.org. Openings are available immediately and applications will be reviewed until the position has been filled.

About the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme:

The Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme aims to understand the biological basis of behavior and cognition. The research teams include members from across the world. Located on the waterfront in central Lisbon, Portugal, the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is equipped with cutting edge research facilities. We offer a stimulating, internationally diverse and highly collaborative work environment and competitive salary & benefits. Lisbon’s sunny Atlantic-Mediterranean climate, vibrant culture and high quality of life make this a great place to live and work. English is the official language of the institute.

Postdoctoral fellow position to study the circuit basis of feeding decisions

We are seeking to hire a postdoctoal fellow with a strong background in circuit neuroscience to study how Drosophila attributes values to different nutrients. Our lab has a strong track record in developing and using state of the art, automated, quantitative behavioral assays to study how Drosophila makes feeding decisions (for examples see our papers on the flyPAD and the use of video tracking to study feeding decisions). Available projects will use available new generation closed-loop optogenetic versions of these setups to study how specific circuits attribute values to different nutrients.

You should be an experienced, creative, passionate, dedicated, and productive scientist with a strong interest in circuit neuroscience and behavior. Experience in hardware development and coding, optogentic circuit analysis, Drosophila neurogenetics, and nutrition research are strong advantages but not required. A proven ability to learn, independence, and leadership skills will trump specific technical skills. We are an interdisciplinary and international team working together to tackle the neuronal basis of nutrition. We strongly value team spirit and a positive and empowering work environment. You can find more information at: http://www.gourmetflies.net

Candidates are encouraged to send applications (cover letter, CV, and contact information of 3 references) to Carlos.Ribeiro@neuro.fchampalimaud.org. Openings are available immediately and applications will be reviewed until the position has been filled.

About the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme:

The Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme aims to understand the biological basis of behavior and cognition. The research teams include members from across the world. Located on the waterfront in central Lisbon, Portugal, the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is equipped with cutting edge research facilities. We offer a stimulating, internationally diverse and highly collaborative work environment and competitive salary & benefits. Lisbon’s sunny Atlantic-Mediterranean climate, vibrant culture and high quality of life make this a great place to live and work. English is the official language of the institute.

 

Postdoctoral Positions

We are always looking to hire interesting and motivated postdoctoral fellows!

Applicants should contact Carlos Ribeiro and include their current CV, personal statement and contact information for 3 referees. Don’t be shy. Asking has never hurt!

Graduate Students

The lab offers the opportunity to develop your own independent project while being guided by the lab. If you are interested in joining the lab as a PhD student contact Carlos Ribeiro and include a CV , a statement descrbing your scientific interest and why you are interested in our lab. Generic emails will not be answered

Undergraduate Students

We have a lot of experience in hosting budding scientists and have many interesting projects awaiting you. Interested students can feel free to get in touch with Carlos. Please write an email describing your scientific interest, why you are interested in our lab, and a plan of what you intend to do over the academic semester you intend to work in the lab. Generic emails will not be answered.