EDNE Open positions

Open Positions are posted about 6 weeks before each deadline.

Candidates should keep in mind to indicate “hiring labs” when filling in the 3-5 labs in which they are interested in the on-line application.

Despite the global Covid-19 pandemic, the April 15th application deadline will be maintained. The PhD program will communicate to you by mid-May if your application is selected or not for an invitation to the Hiring Days. The format of the Hiring Days will be on-line and candidate presentation dates will be June 17th – 18th.  We would like to encourage you to apply the EPFL “Neuroscience” PhD program!

Blanke Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, one joint position,
see below – Mathis (Alexander) Laboratory

Gerstner Laboratory of Computational Neuroscience reviews applications for each deadline in view of hiring a PhD student with a strong theory background.  Please apply directly to the EDNE program with your full application package.  No need to pre-contact the lab, since decisions are only made once all the application material has arrived through the official channel.

Herzog Laboratory of Psychophysics, two positions, two projects
Please do not contact the lab in advance, but simply fill out the application form.
1) Spatio-temporal processing; 
Requires a good background in experimental design and math modelling/EEG recordings.
2) Healthy ageing and schizophrenia;
Requires excellent statistical and programming skills.

Ijspeert Laboratory of Biorobotics, one position,
PhD student position in computational neuroscience and modelling of salamander locomotor circuits
The position is part of the Salamandra project, Synergy grant funded by the ERC that will start in September 2021. The goals of the position are (i) to develop numerical models and simulations of the locomotor circuits in the spinal cord of the salamander, (ii) to analyze their dynamics when coupled to a simulated mechanical model of the body (interactions between central and peripheral mechanisms), and (iii) to investigate their regenerative properties after spinal cord lesions. More Information

La Manno Laboratory of Neurodevelopmental Systems Biology and D’Angelo Laboratory of Lipid Cell Biology, one joint position
The doctoral project will aim to fill the knowledge gap about how the regional specificity of lipids is developmentally established and maintained throughout adulthood by collecting systematic data necessary to construct a high spatially resolved atlas of the lipidome of the adult and developing mouse brain. More information

Mathis (Alexander) of Laboratory of Computational Neuroscience & AI with Blanke  Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, one joint position
Task-driven modeling with deep neural networks is a powerful, emerging approach to elucidate the computations of sensory systems (
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31659335/), including the proprioceptive system (https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.05.06.081372). Visual illusions have been a rich source of constraints to inform models of the visual system. Moreover, recent neuroscience research has described several illusions, fundamentally based on proprioceptive and tactile stimuli (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22805909/) (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25447995/) and these findings have recently been applied to hallucinations in patients with Parkinson’s disease (https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.11.054619v1). In this PhD project, carried out jointly between the Labs of Alexander Mathis and Olaf Blanke, we seek to exploit knowledge of proprioceptive and touch illusions to build better models of the sensorimotor system. 

Mathis (Mackenzie) Laboratory of Adaptive Motor Control, one position
The Mathis Lab has an opening for a PhD student in experimental systems neuroscience. We leverage our deep learning toolbox, called DeepLabCut, to measure 3D postural information and record large-scale neural population data with 2P calcium imaging. This SNSF funded project is to study the neural circuit mechanisms of forelimb motor adaptation. You will work with a team of computational neuroscientists and other experimentalists to build new behavioral paradigms, then study the role of projection-specific neurons in cortex using large-scale imaging. Experience with Python, signal processing, mouse behavior and calcium imaging is highly desired.

Rahi Laboratory of the Physics of Biological Systems, one position
We work at the intersection of physics and systems neuroscience. We would like a new PhD student to join us who likes theory, computation, and experiments. The experiments involve recordings and stimulation of C. elegans brains. On the theoretical side, our interests extend from image analysis using neural networks, to data analysis and modeling, to proving theorems. Feel free to get in touch before or after your application.

Ramdya Laboratory of Neuroengineering, three positions
In the Neuroengineering Laboratory, we are reverse-engineering transgenic vinegar flies (Drosophila melanogaster) to better understand the mind and to design more intelligent robots. Flies are an ideal model for reverse-engineering: they generate complex behaviors, their nervous systems are small, and they are genetically malleable. Our lab develops and combines microscopy, machine learning, genetics, and computational models to address systems-level questions.
We are always looking for talented researchers to join our team and actively encourage applications from female scientists. Currently, we have PhD openings to study the following research areas:
(1) Uncover global neural dynamics associated with internal state changes resulting from social interactions, drug responses, sleep, and hunger.
(2) Genetically rewire animal behavior.
(3) Reveal neuronal population dynamics for adaptive limb control.
Join us! There is much to discover!

Schneggenburger Laboratory of Synaptic Mechanisms, one position
Project on Fear Learning: This PhD project will investigate auditory processing in the amygdala, and the plasticity mechanisms at defined auditory synapses in the amygdala. More information

Stahlberg Laboratory of Biological Electron Microscopy, one position
A PhD student position is available  to study the structure of proteins involved in neurodegenerative diseases, using high-resolution cryo-electron microscopy and computer image processing. More information.

More positions may be still posted!  Please check this list regularly and contact the EDNE administrator if you have already finalized your application and would like to add on another lab interest.