The Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research of the VU University Amsterdam offers a PhD position (junior researcher) for three years, on a Danone Research B.V. -funded project entitled ‘The role of glial lipid metabolism in neuronal plasticity: towards dietary modulation of synaptic function’. The CNCR is part of the Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam (NCA; www.neurosciencecampus-amsterdam.nl). Research at NCA focuses on mechanisms of brain function and disease. NCA aims at the integration of fundamental and clinical research, covering a wide array of research disciplines, from molecular and genetic to cognitive and clinical neuroscience.
We are looking for a candidate for a 3 years PhD project that will be carried out at the CNCR, VU Amsterdam in collaboration with Danone Research B.V., Wageningen.
The ‘Glial Regulated Neuronal Plasticity’-team of Dr. Mark Verheijen, at the department of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, aims to contribute to a better understanding of the role of glial cells, with a focus on the role of glial-derived factors in the regulation of neuronal plasticity in health and disease. For this purpose, experiments are being performed both in vitro (e.g. neuron-glial cell cocultures) and in vivo (e.g. mouse transgenics). The PhD student will be involved in the identification of glial factors that affect synapse formation, and the modulation of this process by dietary compounds. The studies will involve primary cell cultures, mouse models and dietary targeting. We are looking for a candidate with an interest in molecular and cellular neuroscience. Experience with any of the techniques mentioned, especially cell culture, is an advantage.
Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae and one or two references. Written applications should be sent before 1 May to: Dr. Mark Verheijen, e-mail: eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%6d%61%72%6b%2e%76%65%72%68%65%69%6a%65%6e%40%76%75%2e%6e%6c%22%3e%6d%61%72%6b%2e%76%65%72%68%65%69%6a%65%6e%40%76%75%2e%6e%6c%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')).