Post-doctoral Fellowship in Neuroscience

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    FAPESP - São Paulo Research Foundation
    Medical sciences
    Established Researcher (R3)
    15/01/2019 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Brazil › São Paulo
    To be defined

A Post-doctoral Fellow position for a highly motivated researcher is available in Prof. Merari F. R. Ferrari Laboratory at the Institute of Biosciences of the University of São Paulo (campus São Paulo).

Our Laboratory is interested in studying cell biology of neurodegenerative diseases.

The focus of the work will be a combination of approaches including: cell culture (primary, fibroblast and stem cell), in vivo analysis, cloning, neuron physiology, molecular and cell biology of neuron, as well as protein aggregation related with neurodegeneration.

For more information about the University of São Paulo, visit: https://www5.usp.br/#english

About the project

Post-doctoral fellow will establish dopaminergic neurons derived from iPS of PD patients as well as from controls. Epidermal fibroblasts from patients diagnosed with Parkinson's disease as well as from controls were purchased from the Coriell Institute and reprogrammed to hiPS cells. These cells will be characterized and differentiated into midbrain dopaminergic neurons. The Postdoc fellow will also establish primary cultures of hippocampal neurons from AD transgenic mice.

These cells will be subjected to the analysis of intracellular dynamics, trafficking and cross-talk between ER and Mitochondria. To detect mitochondrial movement and autophagic vacuoles movement he will use live-cell imaging using MitoTracker Green FM (Invitrogen) and using Cyto-ID™ Autophagy detection kit (Enzo, Lausen, Switzerland), respectively.

To study Microtubules (MT)-dependent ER movements, cells will be co-transfected with GFP-tubulin (to visualize MT) and pDSRed2-ER (to visualize ER dynamics), on gridded coverslips. Microscopic evaluation will be complemented with quantification of protein levels, by Western blot, of STIM1, EB1 and CLIMP63 (involved in MT-mediated ER dynamics) and atlastin-1 (regulates ER fusion).

To study ER-mitochondria interaction cells will be co-transfected with mito-GFP (to visualize mitochondria) and pDSRed2-ER (to visualize ER). ER-mitochondria contacts will be also analyzed through electron microscopy. Transfer of calcium between the ER and mitochondria plays a key role in the life of numerous cell types and it is disrupted in several neurodegenerative disorders, namely AD. Ca2+ shuttling from ER to mitochondria will be carried out using fluorescent probes as Fura-2AM (Sigma) and a motorized Zeiss LSM 510 confocal microscopy Meta/UV microscope with Axiovert 200.

The next set of experiments will be performed in order to evaluate starvation effect on protein aggregation, mitochondrial and ER function, dynamics, trafficking and cross-talk in iPS-derived neurons and neurons from AD transgenic mice, techniques to measure these parameters were as detailed in the previous paragraph. 

Contract period and project Start

The scholarship duration is 30 months, starting in March 1st, 2019. 

Values and conditions

1. Monthly grant (free of taxes) of BRL 7,373.10, plus 15% of the annual value for expenses related to the research (Technical Reserve);
2. Financial support for travel and installation expenses may be requested for the selected applicant who lives out of São Paulo and the merit will be evaluated by FAPESP upon acceptance of the stipend;
3. The candidate must have completed the PhD no longer than three years prior to application;
4. The grantee must not have any formal or informal employment, nor receive during the stipend a fellowship of another agency, salary or remuneration due to his/her activities of any nature. 

For more details, visit: http://www.fapesp.br/en/5427

How to apply

The submission deadline is January 15th, 2019. Registration exclusively by email (merari@usp.br). Include as subject "Post-doctoral position", followed by your name. The application must include the following documents (Files in PDF format):

1. A text in English, with a maximum of 2 pages, explaining your motivations to work on this project;
2. CV lattes updated (Brazilian) or Summarized CV (maximum 3 pages), including published papers attesting your suitability to carry out the project;
3. Two letters of recommendation sent directly by the referees to the email indicated above. 


The selection will be made based on the CV of the candidate (experience in the area of research of the project and quality of publications), motivation and recommendation letters. Applicants might be invited to a personal interview or via Skype. Candidates will receive the selection list (classification) by email until the end of January, 2019. The selected candidate must submit the necessary documents for FAPESP scholarship application within 15 days of his/her approval. 

More information about the fellowship is at: http://www.fapesp.br/oportunidades/2541/

Eligibility criteria

Eligible destination country/ies for fellows:

  • Brazil

Eligibility of fellows: country/ies of residence:

  • All

Eligibility of fellows: nationality/ies:

  • All

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Instituto de Biociências - USP
São Paulo
São Paulo
Rua do Matão, 277, Instituto de Biociências - USP

EURAXESS offer ID: 359576
Posting organisation offer ID: 2541


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