Research Scientist

Department: Yasuda Lab


The Yasuda Laboratory at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) is currently inviting applications for research scientists. We are seeking highly qualified and motivated candidates interested in using novel optical approaches in brain slices and/or in vivo to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity and memory formation.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The Yasuda Laboratory focuses on elucidating the coordinated activity of signaling proteins that mediate the structural plasticity of dendritic spines, a form of plasticity that is critical for learning and memory. In particular, we develop novel optical sensors to measure the signaling activity of key proteins that contribute to plasticity using two-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging (2pFLIM). Our lab also develops tools to optically manipulate protein activity and label endogenous proteins, and we combine these new techniques with two-photon imaging/uncaging, electrophysiology, in vivo imaging, and biochemistry to produce high impact publications (e.g. Nature, Science, Cell, Nature Neurosci, Neuron, etc.). We encourage applications from candidates who are excited to push the boundaries of current optical approaches. Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a collaborative team setting are required.   The selected candidate will be expected to conduct multiple scientific research projects, mentor junior scientists, and prepare research proposals & funding applications.

Education and/or Experience

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. and minimum of 3 years of experience in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. neuroscience, biochemistry, cell biology, etc.). Prior research experience in optics, biophysics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and/or synaptic physiology are strongly preferred. Must possess demonstrated excellence in writing, interpreting, organizing, and communicating and must possess high levels of discretion professional judgment, ethics, and confidentiality.

Additional Information

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the following documents to Dr. Ryohei Yasuda for consideration:
  • Curriculum vitae including publications
  • Names and complete contact information for three references (faculty-level strongly encouraged)
  • A research statement summarizing previous experience and interest in our group