Institute of Neuroinformatics, ETH Zurich

Position ID:ETH-INI-PD [#7942]
Position Title: Postdoctoral position in Systems Neuroscience
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Zurich, Zurich 8057, Switzerland [map]
Subject Areas: Neural Engineering
Neuroscience / Systems neuroscience
Neurobiology / neurophysiology
Computational Neurosciences
Starting Date:2016/10/01
Appl Deadline: finished (posted 2016/09/13, listed until 2017/03/13)
Position Description:    

*** The account for Institute of Neuroinformatics, ETH Zurich has expired, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Postdoctoral Position in Systems Neuroscience
– in vivo imaging of neural ensemble learning in awake freely behaving animals-

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with a strong motivation to understand neuronal network information processing (NNIP) as well as learning induced changes in NNIP at the level of large neuronal ensembles. To investigate NNIP 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 a strong academic record, expertise in working with rodent animal models, are familiar with calcium imaging and data analysis in Matlab. The candidate will acquire a unique expertise 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. In addition, the postdoctoral scholar will be mentored to facilitate their transition to an independent research career through the development of writing and presentation skills and through conferences and national and international collaborations.

Please submit your complete application via this website or as one PDF via email to The application should include the following documents:
1. A cover letter that includes the main motivation for doing a postdoc at the INI
2. Contact details of 3 references (email and phone number).
3. CV outlining prior education, research and publications.
4. Academic transcripts (bachelor, master/diploma and PhD).
5. 1-2 page personal research statement. The research statement should cover applicant’s future research goals, research project interest and how the applicant fits into the INI research culture.

Your profile:
Applicants should hold a PhD in a neurobiology or neuroscience related field (e.g. systems neuroscience, neurophysiology, cell physiology, neuroinformatics). Ideal candidates are familiar with in vivo rodent surgery, optogenetic or imaging methods and optical/microscope systems. Proficiency in English and a team-oriented working attitude are crucial for the applicant’s success.

NOTES: Compensation/salary will be paid according to ETH guidelines for postdoctoral researchers. Earliest start date is the 1st of October 2016. The position remains open until filled.

Key words: computational/systems neuroscience, in vivo calcium imaging, rodent, population coding, neural ensemble learning, two photon, freely moving, microendoscopy

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Institute of Neuroinformatics
Winterthurer Str. 190
CH-8057 Zurich

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