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Postdoctoral Scholarships

The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities is assisting in recruiting postdocs from abroad to work with world renowned Israeli researchers.
Following are currently available postdoc positions, as submitted to us.


Animal Behavior; Entomology, Neuroethology, Behavioral Genetics

Host Professor: Prof. Guy Bloch
Department: Molecular Sociobiology
Academic Institution: Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Date Posted: 03/06/2016
Application Deadline: 30/06/2016
Research Topics:
1) The molecular and neuronal basis for naturally occurring plasticity in circadian rhythms and sleep in bees. Social insects such as honeybees, bumblebees and ants naturally switch between activity with and without circadian rhythms along with their social task in the colony. We various molecular and neuroanatomical approaches to study how the clockwork of bees generates this remarkable plasticity, why this plasticity is important, and how it is regulated by the social environment.
 
2) The sociobiological and molecular regulation of size-based division of labor in bumblebees. Sister bumblebees in the same colony can show up to 9 fold variation in body size. This size polymorphism is crucial for the organization of their societies because it affects both caste differentiation (queen or worker) and division of labor. We study social influences on body size, including the roles of queen pheromones. We also study molecular processes such as micro RNA regulation of gene networks, and RNA editing that affect the development of body size.
 
3) Juvenile hormone (JH) and the evolution of insect societies. JH is a key hormone regulating many developmental, physiological, and behavioral processes in insects. Whereas in most insects, including bumblebees, JH regulated adult reproduction, in the highly social honeybee, JH regulates division of labor but not reproduction. We use various molecular biology and sociobiological approaches to understand the evolution of JH signaling in bees and its relation to social behavior.
Duration: 2-3 years
Comments: Previous experience in molecular biology, sociobiology, or neurobiology is advantagous We hope to fill the position by mid-July 2016.
Contact details: guy.bloch@mail.huji.ac.il
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Statistical and Population Genetics

Host Professor: Dr. Shai Carmi (senior lecturer)
Department: Shai Carmi's lab
Academic Institution: School of Public Health, The Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Date Posted: 03/06/2016
Research Topics:
We develop methods in statistical and population genetics, with applications to medicine, biology, and history, in particular in the context of the Jewish population. The lab is working at the forefront of genetics research, with exciting projects involving international collaborations and advanced statistical techniques. Specific projects include: (1) Computational methods for pinpointing the genetic basic of complex diseases. (2) Reconstruction of historical demographic events from genetic variation. (3) Statistical methods for elucidating the molecular mechanism of genetic information transfer. (4) Applications to Ashkenazi Jewish genetics: genetic risk factors, the evolution of pathogenic mutations, technologies for preconception, preimplantation, and prenatal genetic testing, genetic ancestry and historical population size changes.
Duration: Flexible
Contact details: shai.carmi@huji.ac.il
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Molecular Neuroscience

Host Professor: Prof. Hermona Soreq
Department: Soreq Laboratory
Academic Institution: The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences and the Silberman Institute for Life Sciences Department of Biological Chemistry The Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Date Posted: 03/06/2016
Application Deadline: Oct. 16
Research Topics:
microRNA REGULATION OF CHOLINERGIC SIGNALING, CholinomiRs-mediated AChE suppression of stress-inducible cognitive decline, CholinomiRs-associated changes in stroke, cardiac and inflammatory bowel disease, Cholinergic-mediated RNA metabolism impairments in the Alzheimer's brain, Cholinergic-mediated RNA metabolism impairments in the Parkinson's brain, Oxidative stress modulation of CholinomiRs in the cultured cells
Duration: 2 years
Comments: candidates should send CV
Contact details: hermona@mail.huji.ac.il
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Epigenetics and stem cells

Host Professor: Eran Meshorer
Department: Meshorer Lab
Academic Institution: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Date Posted: 03/06/2016
Research Topics: Chromatin and epigenetics in embryonic and neuronal stem cells and reprogramming
Duration: 4 years
Comments:
Contact details: Yael Riback
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Nuclear Astrophysics, Nuclear Medicine

Host Professor: Prof. Michael Paul
Department: Hebrew University and Soreq NRC, Israel
Academic Institution: Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Date Posted: 03/06/2016
Application Deadline: Continuous submission
Research Topics: Accelerator-based neutron production, neutron-induced reactions for astrophysics, Accelerator-based Boron Neutron Capture Therapy
Duration: 2 years
Contact details: paul@vms.huji.ac.il
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Neuroscience

Host Professor: Dr. Ami Citri
Department: Citri Lab for Experience-Dependent Plasticity
Academic Institution: The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences and the Silberman Institute for Life Sciences Department of Biological Chemistry The Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Date Posted: 03/06/2016
Research Topics:
The claustrum - understanding the basis of bidirectional communication of the claustrum with the cortex and the role of this interaction in modulating selective attention Synaptic, cellular and network properties of genetically-defined neuronal ensembles encoding reward and aversion
Duration: 2-4 years
Comments:
We look for highly individuals with a recent PhD or MD degree and a background in neuroscience or related areas of biology. Experience with some of the procedures defined above is essential. Preference will be given to candidates with expreince in whole-cellpatch-clamp electrophysiological recordings. Fluency in English, good communication skills and capacity for teamwork are essential. We offer committed mentorship, exciting reserach projects, an excellent scientific environment in an ambitious center for brain research, state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technologies. Funding is generous. Candidates should send their applications including CV with full publication list, contact information of three references and a summary of research interests to
ami.citri@mail.huji.ac.il
Contact details: ami.citri@mail.huji.ac.il
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Neurobiology

Host Professor: Prof. Chaya Kalcheim
Department: Dept. of Medical Neurobiology, IMRIC and ELSC
Academic Institution: Hebrew University of  Jerusalem, Hadassah Medical School
Date Posted: 03/06/2016
Application Deadline: Open call throughout the year.
Research Topics:
Development of the nervous system (neural tube and neural crest). Development of the somitic mesoderm (muscle patterning, dermis). Interactions between neural and mesodermal progenitors in coordinated spatiotemporal development of the embryo.
Duration: 3 years
Comments: Looking for outstanding post-doctoral fellows which a background in developmental and/or molecular biology.
Contact details:
POB 12272 Jerusalem-Israel 9112102
phone# 972-2-6758438
FAX# 972-2-6757451
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Computer Science

Host Professor: Prof. Michal Feldman
Department: Algorithmic game theory
Academic Institution: Tel Aviv University
Date Posted: 03/06/2016
Research Topics: algorithmic game theory
Duration: 1-2 years
Contact details: mfeldman@post.tau.ac.il
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Nanobioscience and bioelectronics

Academic Institution: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Date Posted: 01/03/2016
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Research Topics:
Postdoctoral fellow and PhD. student positions are available in the laboratory
of Prof. Itamar Willner, The Institute of Chemistry, The Hebrew University of
Jerusalem, Jerusalem.
The laboratory is active in the following research fields:
- Nanobiotechnology and DNA nanotechnology
- Development of optical and electrochemical sensors and biosensors.
- The development of “smart” stimuli-responsive materials for drug
delivery, shape-memory hydrogels, switchable hydrogels, MOFs, and
mesoporous nanoparticles.
- Catalytic supramolecular nucleic acid structures.
- Biofuel cells, photo bio-fuel cells, photoelectrochemical and
photobioelectrochemical cells.
The candidate should be skilled in one or more of the research topics.
Experience in nanoparticle research, handling biomaterials (DNA, enzymes),
electrochemistry, photochemistry, and microscopic imaging (AFF, HRTEM) is
advantageous.
Interested applicants should provide their curriculum vitae and their research
interests to: willnea@vms.huji.ac.il.
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