[Comp-neuro] PhDs and Postdocs Positions in Neuroelectronics and Neuroengineering: newly launched NAMASEN European Training Network

Michele Giugliano michele at tnb.ua.ac.be
Thu Jun 23 15:03:10 CEST 2011

**Dear Colleague,**

**may I kindly ask you to pass this job(s) announcement to interested 
candidates or post it at your institution?

Thanks in advance for your help,

Best regards,
Michele Giugliano

**9 Marie-Curie PhD and Postdoc positions across Europe: 1^st round 
Within the framework of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network  
“NAMASEN”, European top research centers seek to recruit 7 Early Stage 
Researcher (ESR) and 2 Experienced Researcher (ER) positions, as of 
January 1^st , 2012.

We offer research training in /Neuroelectronics and Nanotechnology: 
towards a Multidisciplinary Approach for the Science and Engineering of 
Biological Neuronal Networks/.

A second round, for 2 more ESRs and 1 more ER, will be launched during 2012.

First-round application deadline: October 31^st , 2011.

Appointments for Early Stage Researcher (Marie Curie Fellow) are 
full-time, fixed terms for three years, tenable from January 1^st , 
2012. Appointments for Experienced Researcher are full-time, fixed terms 
for two years, tenable from January 1^st , 2012.
The Early Stage Researchers will receive supervision for the preparation 
of a PhD thesis and benefit from the combined resources of the NAMASEN 


Description of NAMASEN*

NAMASEN is the acronym for an Initial Training Network (/*http:// 
www.namasen.net <http://www.namasen.net>*/), funded by the European 
Commission under the FP7 Marie-Curie PEOPLE programme. Its ultimate 
mission is to lay the foundation of a virtual scientific institute for 
the multi-disciplinary study of Neuroengineering and 
Network-Neurosciences that will train a new generation of scientists and 
professionals and that will contribute to Europe’s leading role in 
scientific innovation.

NAMASEN targets both technological and scientific priorities, such as 
the development of novel multi-electrode arrays and advanced interfaces 
that functionally interact with neurons and networks. NAMASEN 
investigates neuro-electronic hybrids as devices able to undergo a 
functional and anatomical reconfiguration, on the basis of the 
activity-dependent plasticity and rewiring properties of neurons, under 
some control by the experimenter.

The NAMASEN ITN Network consists of the 10 academic and 3 industrial 
partners: the University of Antwerp (Belgium), The University of 
Sheffield (UK), the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 
(IMBB) at the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH, 
Greece), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), the Swiss Federal 
Institute of Technology of Lausanne EPFL (Switzerland), the Italian 
Institute of Technology (Italy), the Nencki Institute of Experimental 
Biology (Poland), the Interuniversity Center for Microelectronics IMEC 
(Belgium), the University of Freiburg (Germany), the Natural and Medical 
Sciences Institute at the University of Tuebingen (Germany), Janssen 
Pharmaceutica (Belgium), 2-Sight Europe (Switzerland), and Gersteltec 
Engineering Solutions (Switzerland).

*Altogether 10 Early Stage Researchers (PhD researchers) and 3 
Experienced Researchers (Postdocs) will be recruited during 2011-2012*. 
As a part of their training experience, each researcher will be based in 
one country but will spend some of their time abroad during secondment 
periods within the network. Scientific and technological disciplines 
targeted by each position are diverse and heterogeneous, ranging from 
microfabrication and nanotechnologies, to experimental neurobiology and 
computational neuroscience. Individual openings, advertised on the 
electronic job application page of NAMASEN (http://www.namasen.net), 
contain relevant information and links to the hosting institutions.

The NAMASEN ITN Network offers a unique research environment where 
leading academics will integrate accepted applicants into their research 
teams, providing a top-notch structured training programme in 
Neuroelectronics, Neuroengineering, and Nanotechnologies. Academic 
partners within the NAMASEN ITN Network will support the Early Stage 
Researchers to work successfully towards a PhD defense.

_More information on the NAMASEN ITN Network and its job openings can be 
found at: http://www.namasen.net_


*Salary and Benefits for the Positions*

The Researchers will be appointed on a full-time temporary contacts, for 
a period of three years (ESRs) or two years (ERs), including a 
two-to-six-month secondments at different NAMASEN partner.
The Researcher will be a Marie Curie fellow and will profit from all 
Marie Curie benefits, including living, mobility, travel, and career 
exploratory allowances according to the Marie Curie Framework 7 
requirements (http:// ec.europa.eu/mariecurieactions).


Candidates for ESR positions must be, at the time of recruitment, in the 
first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and 
not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the 
date when they obtained the degree, which would formally entitle them to 
embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was 
obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided. 
In practice, this means they should not have obtained any degree before 
31st December 2007 that would entitle them to enroll for a doctorate. In 
general, this is usually a suitably qualifying Masters degree.

Candidates for ER positions must not have worked in a research position 
/ received research training for more than 5 years of their 
undergraduate degree. The undergraduate degree is the first degree, 
which allowed them to embark on a PhD program, typically a BA or BSc. 
Years since the undergraduate degree working outside research do not count.

Candidates are normally required to undertake trans-national mobility 
(i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their 
appointment. At the time of recruitment by the host organization, 
candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity 
(work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organization (i.e. 
depending on the NAMASEN network partner to apply for) for more than 12 
months between 1 November 2008 and 31 December 2011.

Applicants for the position at NAMASEN may be a national of any Member 
State of the European Union, of any Associated Country or of any other 
third country, but they may not be a national of the hosting country.

Availability to travel (including internationally), for the purpose of 
the research and training activities, is a requirement for the positions.


*Applications and Enquiries*

Candidates are invited to apply to the vacancies. Candidates are also 
requested to submit their CV in English (max. 5 pages), max. 10 academic 
publications (in English), including an electronic copy of university 
diploma (translated to English). A cover letter is also required, where 
motivations to apply to the NAMASEN consortium in general and to an 
individual partner, in particular, must be stated clearly. Spam 
applications will be trashed.

Formal applications should be made through the NAMASEN consortium and 
should be sent by means of the website http://www.namasen.net.

Final decisions will be taken upon joint consultations within the 
NAMASEN Supervisory Board.

*Informal inquiries concerning the individual positions may be addressed 
to contact people indicated on online job electronic application forms 
at **www.namasen.net* <http://www.namasen.net>*.

Michele Giugliano, PhD

Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
University of Antwerp
Campus Drie Eiken (CDE) - D.T.532
Universiteitsplein 1
B-2610 Wilrijk (Belgium)

voice : +32 3 265 26 16
fax   : +32 3 265 26 69
skype : meekeee

email: michele.giugliano at ua.ac.be
url:   http://www.ua.ac.be/michele.giugliano


Michele Giugliano, PhD

Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
University of Antwerp
Campus Drie Eiken (CDE) - D.T.532
Universiteitsplein 1
B-2610 Wilrijk (Belgium)

voice : +32 3 265 26 16
fax   : +32 3 265 26 69
skype : meekeee

email: michele.giugliano at ua.ac.be
url:   http://www.ua.ac.be/michele.giugliano

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