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Research Associate, Institute for Cell-Material Sciences(Physics, Chemistry and Bioscience)

September 30, 2010

Job Title

Research Associate (Postdoctoral fellow/ Physics, Chemistry and Bioscience)

Number of Positions

2

Address

Kusumi Group, Institute for Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University
53 Kawahara-cho, Shougoin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 
(3-minit walk from JinguMarutamachi St. of Keihan Railway)

Job Description

Outline:
Experimental and theoretical-simulation studies for elucidating how complex diffusion processes in biological membranes are generated, regulated, and utilized for the function of biological membranes. The study could involve development of instrumentation and the theoretical framework for ultrafast single-molecule tracking and manipulation technologies applicable to living cells, as well as development of new fluorescent nanoparticles and organic dyes that can be used for probing molecular behaviors in living cell membranes. Through these approaches, we intend to elucidate the “Membrane Mechanisms”, i.e., fundamental physical properties of the plasma membrane that enables membrane functions, including (1) signal transduction in the plasma membrane, (2) activity-dependent reorganization of the neuronal network, particularly remodelling of the synapses, and (3) interactions between actin-based membrane skeleton and the plasma membrane.

Content of Work:
(1) Experimental and theoretical-simulation studies for elucidating how complex diffusion processes in biological membranes are generated, regulated, and utilized for the function of biological membranes.
(2) Development of instrumentation and the theoretical framework for ultrafast single-molecule tracking and manipulation technologies applicable to living cells.
(3) Development of new fluorescent nanoparticles and organic dyes that can be used for probing molecular behaviors in living cell membranes.
(4) To carry out single-molecule tracking and manipulation of molecules of interest (including varous signaling molecules, adhesion molecules, scaffolding molecules, molecules that are involved in synapse reorganization), elucidating the spatiotemporal regulation mechanisms for their recruitment and interactions

Eligibility

A PhD degree in life science-related fields, physics, and chemistry

Salary

Determined in accordance with the existing employment regulations of Kyoto University (Annual salary system)

Benefit

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Mutual Society of Heath Insurance and Employment Insurance

Starting Date

The earliest possible date

Term of Employment

March 31, 2012 (Could be renewed up to five years)

Documents to be Submitted

(1) CV
(2) Lists of publications and presentations(include invited lectures at universities)
(3) Reprints or copies of major academic publications or reviews written by the candidate (Up to 10 items)
(4) Summary of research experience (1000 – 2000 words in English)
(5) Names and contact details of two referees
*Please contact us first before you start preparing application materials. This could save your time and efforts.

Screening Process

All applications submitted will be reviewed, and an interview and a seminar will be scheduled for selected applicants.

Deadline

Dec. 31, 2010
*Once the positions are filled, applications will not be accepted thereafter.

Application Method

Please send your application materials by e-mail.
E-mail: kusumi-g*icems.kyoto-u.ac.jp (Please replace the * with @.)
E-mail: singlemolecules111*kusumi.frontier.kyoto-u.ac.jp (Please replace the * with @.)

Contact Information

Prof. Akihiro Kusumi
Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences, Kyoto University
TEL: +81-(0)75-751-4112
E-mail: kusumi-g*icems.kyoto-u.ac.jp (Please replace the * with @.)
E-mail: singlemolecules111*kusumi.frontier.kyoto-u.ac.jp (Please replace the * with @.)

Notices

Personal information contained in the application materials will be used solely for the purpose of screening applicants, and never for any other purposes. Application materials will only be reviewed by selected members of Kusumi laboratory under strict control and will never be disclosed, assigned, or given to any third party. Submitted application materials are not returnable.