PhD Positions in Systems Neuroscience at Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders in Leuven, Belgium

PhD positions in systems neuroscience available starting October 2011 in the laboratory of Vincent Bonin at Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders in Leuven, Belgium, with support from VIB, imec and K.U. Leuven. The purpose of the Bonin lab is to understand the network computations and biological mechanisms that underlie visual processing in the mammalian brain. We use a combination of large-scale neural recordings (two-photon calcium imaging, millimeter scale imaging, silicon probes), neural stimulation, and computational modeling to probe large populations of neurons in the visual system of awake, behaving mice. We study how different components of the neural circuit underlie specific sensory computations, and how these computations are tailored to the animal’s visual environment and behavioral goals. The successful candidates will apply electrophysiological and advanced imaging techniques to study the visual cortical circuit in awake, behaving mice. They will have access to state-of-the-art tools and facilities, a rich training environment, and the possibility to collaborate with other groups within NERF, VIB, IMEC and K.U. Leuven. Qualified students will have the opportunity to enroll in VIB and K.U. Leuven’s international graduate programs.

You have a university degree in the biological, physical or behavioral sciences. You are passionate about neuroscience and are eager to learn new tools to decipher neural function. You feel comfortable working with small animals and performing precise procedures such as neurosurgeries. You have strong quantitative and technical skills, are able to tinker with complex instruments and software, and are fluent in at least one programming language. You like to be challenged, and are able to work independently, as well as within a team, towards established goals.

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