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Postdoctoral fellowship positions-Neurosciences

The Mind-Body Interface Laboratory (MBI-Lab), Taichung, Taiwan, headed by Professor Kuan-Pin Su, MD, PhD, is looking for two postdoctoral research fellows.

-Introduction of the Mind-Body Interface Laboratory (MBI-LAB):

The MBI-Lab vigorously promotes a global agenda of translational medicine by promoting interdisciplinary research, and integrating excellence in bench and in bedside, which aim to actively influence the direction and process of research and mental health care provided. The principle investigator, Prof. Kuan-Pin Su, MD, PhD, is a clinician scientist, who established the MBI-Lab to focus on neurosciences and translational medicine in neuropsychiatric illness, to cultivate young researchers, and to promote international collaborations.

Professor Su has received prestigious research awards from professional societies internationally, including the recent British Association for Psychopharmacology Award (2013). Based on the citation and co-citation index during 2006-2010, he was one of the top eleven scientists in Taiwan and received the Thomson Reuters Research Front Awards (2011). Under the grants supported by the Taiwanese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) for fifteen consecutive years, Professor Su and his colleagues at the MBI-Lab have been involved in a series of clinical and basic research on major neuropsychiatric disorders and earned internationally renowned reputation. They are the first to publish the antidepressant effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in pregnant women with major depression. They are not only the first group to demonstrate PUFAs deficit in patients with bipolar mania, but also the first to show that omega-3 PUFAs might be more beneficial to depression than to mania. They also published the first studies to link the PUFAs as biomarkers, genetic relevance, and prophylactic intervention in interferon-induced depression. These findings not only help to establish the essential role of omega-3 PUFAs in depressive disorders, but also introduce a new treatment strategy for practitioners facing the medical dilemma of using synthetic drugs in pregnancy. More research interests of the MBI-LAB include:

1.        The novel therapies and the unknown biological mechanisms for depression. We are now working with patients with chronic hepatitis C viral infection, cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson’s disease, peri/postpartum depression, childhood and adolescent onset mental disorders.

2.        Inflammation theory and immune function in depression and antidepressant effects, in the context of human subjects, animals and cellular models.

3.        Molecular biology mechanisms of depression and antidepressant effects, in the context of human subjects, animals and cellular models.

4.        The neurobiological and psychological mechanism of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS).

5.        Neuroimage studies of depression, especially fMRI, PET and qEEG)

For further information see https://sites.google.com/site/mindbodyinterface/

-Your tasks include either (1) or (2) in our multidisciplinary team:

1.        Designing, planning, learning related skills, and executing research projects on molecular biology in animal and cellular models.

2.        Designing, planning, learning related skills, and executing research projects on molecular biology in neuroimaging studies (e.g. fMRI, PET, and qEEG)

-Job requirements:

1.        Highly self-motivated. With good knowledge of English language (comprehension, writing and speaking), ability and willingness to take responsibility and communicate, passion in research and high degree of meticulousness.

2.        The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. in (1) psychology, biomedicine, or other related fields with practical experiences in neuroimaging studies (especially in fMRI analysis), or (2) biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biomedicine, or other related fields with a strong track record of animal behavioral experiments and molecular biology.

-How to apply:

To apply, please send a PDF-file containing

1.        A personal statement describing your personal characteristics, scientific accomplishments and interests, and the reason for your application.

2.        Your CV (Curriculum Vitae), including a reference of your publications.

to cpchen62@gmail.com & cobolsu@gmail.com, with a title “Apply for MBI-LAB Postdoctoral fellowship.”

 

Informal inquiries are very welcome and should be sent to the above email address or call +886-4-22052121, ext 4126, Mrs. Chen.

-Salary:

We offer a standardized salary according to the Taiwanese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

-LAB address:

Mind-Body Interface Laboratory, China Medical University Hospital

No.2, Yuh-Der Rd, Taichung 404, Taiwan

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