We are hiring!
Seeking a lab manager to join my new lab at Tel-Aviv University.
The lab takes a systems neuroscience approach, combining multiple levels of analysis from cell to network to complex behavior. We utilize cutting-edge techniques and computational models to investigate the neural mechanisms involved in mammalian affective and behavioral responses to other’s distress, such as helping others in need.
Looking for a long-term partner to grow with this young lab, with an opportunity for independent research and creative expression, in an inclusive, tolerant environment that emphasizes passion for science and excellence in research.
Job Description: responsibilities include conducting and managing molecular work in the lab, working with students, teaching molecular techniques, management of lab admin and logistics, participation in rodent experiments and in in vivo neural recordings.
Requirements: Ph.D. in biology-related fields. Seeking a highly organized individual, with excellent bench skills, and interpersonal skills, and a ‘can-do’ positive attitude. Must be proficient with immunohistochemistry, microscopy, ELISA and basic molecular techniques. Experience with optogenetic methods, fiber photometery is an advantage.
Send your application and questions to Dr. Inbal Bartal at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE EMPATHIC HELPING TEST
THE SOCIAL MODULATION OF HELPING
Our research shows helping in rats is not determined by the identity of the rat in need. Rather, the motivation to help others is guided by the social experience that free rats previously had with the strain of the rat in need. In the image below, an albino rat of the Sprague-Dawley strain is shown moments after releasing a trapped stranger of the black - hooded Long-Evans strain. This behavior was only observed in rats who had previously lived with another rat of the black-hooded strain.
In this video you can observe a rat learning to open the restrainer to release a trapped cagemate over a 12 day period. The video is narrated by Dr. Peggy Mason.
Photo: Kevin Jiang