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Myelin Plasticity in Health and Disease

National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

Dr. Tobias Merson is recruiting a talented postdoctoral researcher with expertise in whole-cell patch-clamp recordings in brain slices to join the Oligodendroglial Interactions Group. Dr. Merson's group is part of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Intramural Research Program, located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. The position is ideal for a highly motivated researcher who wishes to utilize their skills in electrophysiology while expanding their capabilities in a diverse range of other advanced neurobiological techniques.
The oligodendroglial lineage, ranging from oligodendrocyte progenitor cells to mature myelinating oligodendrocytes, are increasingly recognized as critical regulators of neuronal function. As part of the Oligodendroglial Interactions Group, the postdoctoral researcher will pursue cutting-edge projects in neuromodulation, activity-dependent myelination and myelin plasticity/adaptive myelination. In particular, the researcher will spearhead new projects on the role that oligodendroglia play in the genesis and progression of neuropsychiatric conditions and neurological disorders, such as major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder, and multiple sclerosis.


  • Ph.D.
Expertise: The candidate must have extensive experience in whole-cell patch-clamp recordings in brain slices and a strong background in neuroscience. Candidates who can work independently and as part of a team are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit their CV, a 1-2 page description of their research interests and career goals, and the names of three references to Dr. Merson at
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