PhD Position in Neuroscience

University of Bern Clinic of Neurology


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 Center for Experimental Neurology (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.

Examined immediately or upon agreement
Temporary position 1 year (with possibility to extend)

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
  • Recent Master degree in biology, neuro-engineering, or related fields, or a medical degree.
  • 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 research team, and aptitude to mentor undergraduate and graduate students are also necessary attributes.
The package
  • Comprehensive training opportunities
  • Excellent supervision by both preclinical and clinical researchers
  • 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.
For further information, please contactDr. Carolina Gutierrez Herrera, Phone +41 31 632 66 49.

Please only apply online: Code number 4152/20

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