[Comp-neuro] 2 postdoc positions open in Champalimaud, Lisbon

Cristina Chavarrías cchavarrias at hggm.es
Fri Jan 13 16:51:26 CET 2017

*Call for Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Neuroplasticity & Neural Activity
MRI-Lab *

Two fully-funded post-doc positions are available immediately in the
& Neural Activity MRI-Lab
 at the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme (CNP), Champalimaud Centre for
the Unknown in Lisbon, Portugal.

We are looking for top-tier, highly-motivated Post-Doctoral Fellows who
have a strong interest in understanding how underlying neural activity is
related with fMRI signals. The focus is on performing high-end BOLD and
nonBOLD fMRI with simultaneous calcium recordings and/or electrophysiology
in rodents, using optogenetics for pretargeting specific populations of

In particular, we aim to hire one person with extensive experience in* in
vivo* calcium recordings / imaging and/or electrophysiology and one person
with extensive experience in fMRI analyses.

An excellent, well-documented track-record is imperative.

To apply, please send the following items to

noam.shemesh at neuro.fchampalimaud.org:

1. Cover Letter stating your interests

2. A full CV, including list of publications

3. Names and email addresses of at least 3 references.

Successful applicants will receive full funding and a private/national
health insurance.

Call deadline: *Feb 28th 2017*.


The Shemesh Lab in Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme (CNP)
 investigates neural activity, neuroplasticity, and how they elicit
behavioral changes *in vivo*. These questions are interrogated in the
context of normal processes (development, learning…), as well as in
neuropsychiatric and neurodegeneration animal models of disease. Our
approach involves a plethora of advanced methods, mainly revolving around
state-of-the-art preclinical MRI/MRS, augmented by simultaneous ancillary
techniques (optogenetics, calcium recordings, advanced behavioral testing).
One of the main goals in the Lab is to develop nonBOLD fMRI methods, which
will report on neural activity much more directly compared to conventional

This ERC-funded Lab benefits from a cutting-edge, ultrahigh field 16.4T
scanner, as well as a 9.4T scanner equipped with two 4-element array
cryoprobes (for mice and rats, respectively), another 1T scanner for basic
scanning and testing in more biomedical settings, and lasers for
optogenetics / calcium recordings; the Lab also has a fully equipped
surgery room, space for performing extensive behavioural studies and access
to one of Europe’s largest vivaria and ancillary platforms for histology,
microscopy, transgenics and viruses, among others.

CNP is situated within the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
<http://www.fchampalimaud.org/en/>, a private, non-profit foundation
residing on Lisbon’s waterfront, right where the River Tejo meets the
Atlantic Ocean. CCU provides a stunning and productive working environment,
harboring a Neuroscience department for basic research, and a clinical
centre for treating cancer patients with pioneering methods. This unique
blend of basic research and clinical practice under the same roof, which
actively encourages collaborations and exchange of ideas, results in a
highly interdisciplinary and stimulating atmosphere. Post-Doctoral salaries
are very competitive vis-à-vis Lisbon costs of living, and post-docs
further benefit from health insurance.
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