PhD Position in Neuroscience

University of Bern Department for BioMedical Research


PhD position in Neuroscience
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As a leading university hospital with a rich tradition, the Inselspital is part of the Insel Group and is a centre of medical expertise and high technology with an international reputation as well as being a first-class training and research centre.

The ZEN is a unique translational research center in the Department of Neurology at the Inselspital University Hospital Bern, Switzerland. It fosters strong collaborations between clinical and experimental laboratories with long-standing expertise in sleep and psychiatric disorders.

The challenge

To further strengthen our collaboration project between the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Bern, we are seeking a motivated PhD candidate for a translational research project. This project aims to identify the wiring and dynamics of neural circuits underlying sleep oscillations and sleep-dependent emotional modulation in rodent including mouse models of major depression, fear/anxiety and schizophrenia. Technical developments will focus on in vivo optogenetics, high density electrophysiology, optical imaging and behavior in freely-moving animals

Your profile
  • Master degree in biology, neuro-engineering, Neuroscience
  • Previous experience in rodent stereotaxic surgery, optogenetics, in vivo electrophysiology (EEG, LFP, MUA, EMG) and behavioral analysis (e.g. sleep, fear conditioning, sensory integration)
  • experience with signals analysis (spike sorting)
  • computer programming (Matlab, Spike, C++, etc.) will be an advantage.
  • excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to work independently and together with a re-search team, and aptitude to mentor undergraduate and graduate students are also necessary attributes.
The package

We offer comprehensive training opportunities and excellent supervision by both preclinical and clinical researchers. We offer a solid scientific and technical expertise in system neurosciences together with a highly collaborative environment between the ZEN, the Department of Neurology and the Department of Psychiatry at the University.

Contact and application

For further information, please contact
Carolina Gutierrez Herrera,
Scientific Associate,
Phone +41 31 632 66 49

Please only apply
online. Code numberĀ 11970.

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