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Job posted by Weizmann Institute of Science (18/09/2013 00.46)

PostDoc position in the department of Department of Immunology

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Studying functional contribution of microglial cells to brain homeostasis and pathology


PostDoc position in the department of Department of Immunology at Weizmann institute of Science in the group of Steffen Jung for 3 years. Microglia are brain resident macrophages. They arise in the embryo, seed the developing brain and expand to an evenly distributed network in the CNS. Microglial cells subsequently maintain themselves throughout adult live by longevity and limited self-renewal. Due to absence of suitable experimental systems, specific functions of microglia remain poorly understood. Emerging microglia activities include critical contributions to brain development and homeostasis by synaptic pruning and debris clearance, as well as acute contributions to neurodegeneration and � inflammation. Based on their unique high expression of the CX3CR1 chemokine receptor, the Jung recently developed a novel experimental system that allows to probe microglia functions in their physiological context (Wolf et al. Front. in Cell. Neuroscience 2013; Goldmann et al. Nat Neuroscience 2013 in press). Current Key Questions of the Jung lab: � Defining microglia contributions to brain homeostasis and in pathological settings � Defining differential activities of monocyte-derived brain macrophages and microglia

Nr of positions available : 1

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Biological sciences

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Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)
Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)
More Experienced researcher or >10 yrs (Senior)

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Main Research Field Biological sciences
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Language ENGLISH
Language Level Good
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Degree Field Biological sciences
Required Research Experiences
Years of Research Experience 1
Required Education Level
Degree PhD
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Weizmann Institute of Science

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