Postdoctoral Fellow at Australian National University

Australian National University is offering Postdoc position. All students regardless of citizenship are eligible to apply. Applications are invited up to October 01, 2018.

ANU has an international reputation for research and education relevant to the health and well-being of the population of Australia, as well as that of the developing world. This is achieved through discovery research, applied research in health service settings, research-led teaching in health and medical sciences, and the translation of research findings into practice and policy. The ANU College of Health and Medicine comprises the Research School of Psychology, the ANU Medical School, the John Curtin School of Medical Research and the Research School of Population Health. These schools work together to deliver world-class research and education across the spectrum of medicine and health-related fields, working in partnership with the health sector at local, national and international levels.

Two full-time postdoctoral positions are available to study the cellular neurophysiology of olfaction. The successful applicants will work on fundamental questions about how the brain processes and remembers sensory information, using the primary olfactory (piriform) cortex as a model system. Projects include the use of an endoscope to image olfactory plasticity in behaving mice, and the application of in vivo patch clamping and 2-photon microscopy to study dendritic electrogenesis.

The positions will be in the Olfaction Group within the Eccles Institute of Neuroscience (EIN), which is part of the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) at the Australian National University (ANU). EIN offers an exciting research environment, with a dozen groups working on neural coding, synaptic mechanisms, neuronal development, visual neurosciences and neurophotonics. The Institute is housed in new, state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with confocal and multi-photon microscopes, in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology rigs, animal behaviour suites, and cell culture and surgical facilities. Researchers also have access to resources located within JCSMR, including a biomolecular service, specialised microscopy platforms and an animal breeding facility.

The successful applicants will have a PhD in neuroscience, a strong record of research achievement, and demonstrated experience in the key techniques of cellular neurophysiology. Both positions are for up to 3 years in the first instance, with the possibility of extension depending on funding.

For further information, please contact Professor John Bekkers, T: +61 2 6125 2502 E:


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