[Comp-neuro] PhD position in Computational/Systems Neuroscience @ the Institute of Neuroinformatics - ETH Zurich

Benjamin Grewe bgrewe at ethz.ch
Mon Sep 12 02:45:26 CEST 2016

PhD position in Computational/Systems Neuroscience @ the Institute of Neuroinformatics - ETH Zurich
– in vivo imaging of neural ensemble learning in awake behaving animals –

We are looking for a PhD candidate with a strong motivation to understand neuronal information processing (NIP) as well as learning induced changes in NIP at the level of large neuronal ensembles. To investigate NIP we utilize cutting edge large scale in vivo population calcium imaging techniques that allow recording ensemble activity of hundreds of neurons in freely moving and head-fixed rodents during diverse learning behaviors. Ideal candidates have some expertise in a neuroscience related field. The PhD candidate will acquire a unique skill set to utilize miniaturized and very large-scale calcium imaging technologies and work closely with the PI to perform behavior experiments and post-hoc data analysis.

Applicants should hold a diploma or Masters degree in a quantitative discipline (e.g. physics, informatics, mathematics, biomedical-engineering) or neurobiology/neuroscience (e.g. systems neuroscience, neurophysiology, cell physiology). Experience in data analysis using MATLAB/Python/R or similar programming languages and basic knowledge in computational or experimental neuroscience is beneficial. Proficiency in English and a team-oriented working attitude are crucial for the applicant’s success. Candidates should be willing to perform biological in vivo experiments in rodents with an intrinsic motivation to unravel neural algorithms of information processing and learning.

Please submit your complete application as one PDF via email to bgrewe at ethz.ch <mailto:bgrewe at ethz.ch>. The application should include the following documents:

	• A cover letter that includes the main motivation for doing a PhD at the INI.
	• Contact details of 2 references (email and phone number).
	• CV outlining prior education, research and publications (if available)
	• Academic transcripts (bachelor, master/diploma).
	• 1-2 page personal research statement. The research statement should cover the applicant’s future career goals and research project interests.

The INI offers advanced, interdisciplinary PhD training and participation in cutting edge neuroscience and neuroinformatics research projects. The institute is home to a lively and interactive educational atmosphere with highly competitive salaries. Successful candidates will participate in the ZNZ doctoral program (http://www.neuroscience.uzh.ch/en.html <http://www.neuroscience.uzh.ch/en.html>) where they receive additional theoretical and practical training. Compensation/salary will be paid according to the guidelines of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Successful candidates will receive their PhD from ETH Zurich. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and will be reviewed upon receipt.

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich is consistently ranked the top university in continental Europe and is a leading player in research and education in Switzerland and worldwide. The INI is a joint institute of ETH and the University of Zurich with a primary research focus at the intersection of systems neuroscience and neuroinformatics. The mission of the institute is to discover key principles by which neural networks operate and process information. Comprising a diverse research portfolio (www.ini.uzh.ch <http://www.ini.uzh.ch/>) the INI is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between traditional systems neuroscience, neurobiology, neuroinformatics and neuroengineering.

Benjamin F. Grewe
Institute of Neuroinformatics @ ETH Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland
Email: Bgrewe at ethz.ch

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