We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher 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 or 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 her/his transition to an independent research career through the development of writing and presentation skills and through national and international conferences and collaborations.
Please submit your complete application as one PDF via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application should include the following documents:
A cover letter that includes the main motivation for doing a postdoc at the INI
Contact details of 3 references (email and phone number).
CV outlining prior education, research and publications.
Academic transcripts (bachelor, master/diploma and PhD).
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.
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&behavior, optogenetic or imaging methods and optical/microscope systems. Proficiency in English and a team-oriented working attitude are crucial for the applicant’s success.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation/salaries are highly competitive and 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.
About the Institute of Neuroinformatics @ ETH Zurich
The Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI) offers advanced, interdisciplinary postdoctoral training and participation in cutting edge neuroscience research projects. The institute is home to a lively and interactive educational atmosphere with highly competitive salaries. Compensation/salary will be paid according to ETH guidelines for postdoctoral researchers. 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) the INI is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between traditional systems neuroscience, neurobiology, neuroinformatics and neuroengineering.