PhD position on Axon-Glia communications

Bizkaia Talent - Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience

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Company description
Ikerbasque – the Basque Foundation for Science and the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), fostered the creation of the Basque center for neuroscience research, named in the memory of Nicolas Achucarro (Bilbao, 1880-1918), a pioneer of modern brain research.

The main strategic objective of Achucarro is to contribute to the development of a socially and economically sustainable Society. To do this we strive to perform world-class research in the study of neuron-glia biology in the normal and pathological brain. This research focus will allow us to contribute to the training of future generations of neuroscientists and be an active partner in the dissemination of the human knowledge about the brain.

Achucarro focuses its research on the brain function in physiology and pathophysiology, with a particular emphasis on:

In-depth understanding of the organisation and information processing in neural circuitries;
Identification of genetic and molecular backgrounds of neural circuits during development and ageing;
Characterisation of genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegenerative and autoimmune-mediated brain diseases; and
Translational research aimed at the development of new strategies for the treatment of brain diseases.

Main functions
We are interested in recruiting a motivated candidate to cover an Early-Stage Research (ESR) position for developing a PhD thesis at the Department of Neuroscience (UPV/EHU) and at the Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience (ACHUCARRO).

The project, entitled "Glia-to-axon exosomal RNA transfer as a regulator of local translation and neurodegeneration in experimental models of amyloid pathology", is funded by the Spanish Ministry for Economy and Competitivity. The successful candidate will use cellular and molecular biology tools to study the contribution of glial cells to local translation in axons in models of Alzheimer´s disease.

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary and highly collaborative environment and will benefit from access to frontline technical resources, under the supervision of the Principal Investigator of the project Dr. Jimena Baleriola

Good academic record, Background in biology, proficiency in English

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