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.

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 (on-line vs on-campus) will be determined closer to the time; Candidate presentation dates will be June 17th – 18th.  We would like to encourage you to apply to the EPFL “Neuroscience” PhD program!

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.

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.

The PhD program will communicate to you by mid-December if your application is selected or not for an invitation to the Hiring Days. The format of the Hiring Days will most likely be on site at EPFL and candidate presentation dates will be January 19th-21st 2022.  We would like to encourage you to apply to the EPFL “Neuroscience” PhD program!
(please note: A COVID certificate or the equivalent maybe required to be on the EPFL campus in addition to the Swiss regulations. )

Billard Laboratory of Learning Algorithms and Systems, 1 position.
Modeling and Assessment of Skill Acquisition in Microsurgery
Microsurgery demands superior dexterity in combination with excellent visuospatial skills. Evidently, microsurgery is a technical skill with a very steep learning curve and where tiny mistakes can have fatal outcomes for patients. Today, our understanding of the learning process is rudimentary and microsurgical competence is assessed subjectively. The goal of this thesis is to improve our understanding of the acquisition of dexterous manual skills. This will require to carefully analyze hand position, force application and movements changes from data gathered over longitudinal studies conducted at the University Hospitals in Geneva. The PhD student will develop computation models, based on machine learning and optimal control, to explain the process by which humans learn to generate appropriate hand postures and to account for the evolution of the quantitative data over the observed training periods.
More information.

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.

Gräff Laboratory of Neuroepigenetics, one position,
The lab of Neuroepigenetics is recruiting a new PhD student. In this project, we are interested in deciphering the epigenetic mechanisms of memory decline in Alzheimer’s disease. Specifically, we hypothesize that epigenetic marks can serve as readouts of past neurotoxic insults, and that such epigenetic clocks can be used as biomarkers with retrospective and prospective potential. Your background is ideally situated at the crossroads of molecular/epigenetic biology and bioinformatics, complemented with past experience and/or a strong interest in neurodegenerative disorders.
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Mathis (Mackenzie) Laboratory of Adaptive Motor Control, one position, Neural dynamics and theory-driven analysis
We are considering applications for a computationally minded student to join an ongoing project exploring behavioral and neural dynamics across a diverse range of behaviors. The candidate should have experience with large-scale neural data analysis collected from electrodes and calcium indicators, deep-learning packages such as PyTorch, and a curiosity, driven approach to science. In general, our lab works at the intersection of machine learning, neuroscience and engineering. We aim to reverse engineer the neural circuits that drive adaptive motor behavior by studying artificial and natural intelligence. We design behavioral assays for mice, perform large-scale neural recordings, and build new deep learning & machine learning tools to aid in our quest.

McCabe Laboratory of Neural Genetics and Disease, two positions.  We are accepting applications from students interested in the cell biology of neuronal circuits. Our laboratory investigates motor neuroscience with a focus on the molecular and cellular control of motor circuit synapse structure and function, in addition to mechanisms underpinning motor system neurodegenerative diseases. We investigate motor circuits through a combination of genome engineering, multiscale imaging, biochemistry, electrophysiology and computer-assisted behavioural assays, primarily employing Drosophila models. Areas of focus relevant to the currently open positions are – the molecular adaptation of motor synapses to functional change, the logic of neurotransmitter release in motor circuit networks and mechanisms regulating synapse stability during ageing.  We encourage applications from students excited to explore circuit biology using a diversity of experimental approaches.   

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.

Schneggenburger Laboratory of Synaptic Mechanisms, two positions,
1. In a first project funded by the SNSF, our lab investigates the synaptic- and circuit mechanisms of fear learning in mice. We want to understand how plasticity that underlies associative learning transforms an initially innocuous auditory representation into a cue for fear memory recall. We now look for a highly motivated PhD student, who will use state-of-the art optogenetic – and in-vivo recording techniques to address these questions. More information

2.  In a second project, our lab investigates the circuit mechanisms underlying social behaviors in mice. In particular, we are interested in the regulation of territorial aggression by the medial amygdala and extended amygdalae structures, and by the interaction of these structures with hypothalamic circuits. To address these mechanisms, the new PhD student will use state-of-the art optogenetic – and in-vivo recording techniques, as well as ex-vivo circuit mapping techniques.
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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.