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Posting

15 PhD Student Positions in the

Innovative Training Network "Serotonin and Beyond"

 

Location 

Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands, and United Kingdom

 

Overview

The Innovative Training Network “Serotonin & Beyond” is searching for 15 PhD students (which are called Early Stage Researchers (ESRs)) working on serotonin in the context of brain development and vulnerability to psychiatric disorders. The projects involve both animal and human research. The supervisors are from 6 European countries and several of them are also ISSR member.

 

Description

Serotonin and Beyond (S&B) is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) which aims to recruit 15 graduate students in the field of (Behavioural) Neuroscience, Neurodevelopment, Molecular Neurobiology, Neuropharmacology, Neuroimaging and Neurotechnology. The project is funded by the European Commission within the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions of the H2020 programme (GA 953327) and was awarded EUR 4 Million grant.  It involves 10 prestigious research centers and 11 startups/companies that are based in Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands, and UK.  The 15 trainees which will be recruited in the framework of S&B will complete a PhD project across several laboratories and companies to integrate knowledge over different fields including cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging and psychiatry. The general aim of this ITN is to develop new approaches and interventions of neurodevelopmental disorders. We hypothesize that the serotonin-mediated non-serotonergic downstream changes in neurodevelopment are at the basis of serotonin-related neuropsychiatric disorders. More information about the consortium and the specific projects can be found through this link: https://www.serotonin-and-beyond-project.eu/recruitment/

On this website you can find more information about the specific projects for the 15 PhD students and the application procedure: https://www.serotonin-and-beyond-project.eu/recruitment/

 

The deadline is April 30 2021, so be in time for this unique opportunity to work in a large consortium on serotonin.


Posting

PhD Student in lab of Massimo Pasqualetti

 

Location 

University of Pisa, Italy

 

Overview

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD Student to join our research group to work on the project titled “Neuroanatomical and functional characterization of wiring-transmitting serotonin neurons”. The position is founded by the European Project H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020: Serotonin and BEYOND: Brain development research Excelling Young Ones in Neurotechnologies and Discoveries, Grant agreement ID: 953327.

 

Description

Serotonergic neurons communicate through either volume or wiring transmission. These two modalities appear early in development, but it is unclear whether they are uniformly distributed in the brain, and whether these two transmission modalities regulate distinct neuronal targets and behaviours. Preliminary results suggest the hypothesis that wiring transmission may regulate specific brain activities. The project aims to draw a map of the serotonergic wiring transmission connectome and to assess the topographic organization of wiring transmitting serotonergic ascending projections to the rostral brain of mice expressing a fluorescent marker in serotonin neurons (Migliarini et al, Mol Psychiatry 2013) (3D analysis of transparent brains, clarity). Additionally, we will also identify the role of wiring transmitting serotonin neurons in controlling behaviour, and investigate the role of these neurons in the activation of specific target neurons. This will be done by using state-of-the-art rabies viral tracing, chemogenetics (Giorgi et al, Cell Reports 2017; Cavaccini et al, Neuron 2018), and two-photon calcium imaging tools.

Methodology

The project will use retrograde tracing technique based on recombinant rabies virus, and chemogenetic strategies to modulate neuronal activity. Neuroanatomical, imaging and behavioral analyses will be performed on transgenic mouse models.

 

Details for application are available at https://www.serotonin-and-beyond-project.eu/recruitment/application/


Posting

Postdoctoral Associate in lab of John McCorvy

 

Location 

Medical College of Wisconsin, USA

 

Overview

 We are currently seeking a highly motivated and creative postdoctoral associate, focused on serotonin drug screening and profiling signaling pathways at G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). 

Aims of this project are to assist in developing novel serotonin agents with a wide variety therapeutic potential including memory, schizophrenia, aging, obesity, and pain conditions.

McCorvy lab is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA in the department of Cell Biology. 

Please send a CV to jmccorvy@mcw.edu

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