EDNE Applications & Openings

Join the EPFL PhD Program in Neuroscience!

April 15th (new!)  with Hiring Days June 19-21 and

November 15th  with Hiring Days January 22-24 2020

On-line Application

EDNE PhD Program application process

  • Check out the open positions (see below) – Contact the lab offering the open position.
  • On-line application here.
  • Please select a minimum of 3 up to a maximum of five (5) Labs of interest on the on-line application. This is especially important if the lab has posted an open position below and is mandatory for our selection process.
  • If your dossier is reviewed positively by the PhD program commission members, you will be selected to participate in the Hiring Days.
  • EDNE does not require TOEFL or GRE.  However, a master’s is necessary before starting a PhD.
  • Which Deadline??  If you are selected at either of the Hiring Days (2nd round of selection with interviews) , your offer is good for one year.  You will then negotiate with your thesis director an official start date sometime during that year and begin your course work at the next appropriate time.  There is no official start date tied to the application deadlines.

OPEN POSITIONS for April 15th deadline

  1. 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.
  2. Gerstner Laboratory of Computational Neuroscience and Petersen Laboratory of Sensory Processing – 1 position – The aim is to investigate mechanisms of reward-based rule-learning of simple goal-directed sensorimotor transformations from a computational perspective closely aligned to experimental data.
  3. Herzog Laboratory of Psychophysics – 2 positions –  The first project is about spatio-temporal processing and requires a good background in experimental design and mathematical modelling/EEG recordings. The second project is about healthy aging and schizophrenia. Excellent statistical and programming skills are required.
  4. Lashuel Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology & Functional Neuroproteomics – 1-2 positions, project aimed at screening and identifying genetic and pharmacological modifiers of protein aggregation and neurodegeneration in neuronal and animal models of neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)). The candidate will work with and be supported as by an interdisciplinary team working at the frontiers of chemistry, biophysics and neurobiology. For more information about the projects or our research, visit our website or feel free to reach out directly via email, [email protected]
  5. Ramdya Laboratory of Neuroengineering – 2 positions – Investigation of the nervous system of the fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to understand how behaviors are controlled and to design more intelligent robots and prosthetics.  Everyday we use custom microscopes, transgenic animals, computational models, and insect-inspired robots. Join us! There is much to discover!
  6. Sandi Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics – 3 positions –
    2 PhD positions to investigate synaptic and circuit mechanisms underlying psychiatric disorders in genetic mouse models of behavioral and cognitive dysfunctions. The projects will involve a combination of state-of-the-art tools, including a selection of the following approaches: ex vivo patch-clamp analyses, single molecule dynamics imaging, optical voltage imaging, in vivo fiber photometry, polysomnographic recordings, and behavioral analyses.
    1 PhD position in virtual reality and neuroimaging in humans.  A PhD position is available to investigate human emotional and behavioral reactivity to stressful challenges using virtual reality (VR) and neuroimaging approaches. Neuroimaging will include one or several of the following techniques: EEG, fMRI, MRS. Physiological responses, including autonomic nervous system and salivary hormones, will also be evaluated.

All BMI Labs are interested in excellent candidates even if they are not advertising an open position.

  1. Aebischer Laboratory of Neurodegeneration
  2. Blanke Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience
  3. Courtine Laboratory of Spinal Cord Repair
  4. Gerstner Laboratory of Computational Neuroscience
  5. Ghezzi Laboratory of Neuro Engineering
  6. Gräff Laboratory of Neuroepigenetics
  7. Herzog Laboratory of Psychophysics of Visual Processing
  8. Hess Laboratory of Topology and Neuroscience
  9. Hill Laboratory in the Blue Brain Project
  10. Hummel Laboratory of Neurotechnology and Human-Machine Interaction
  11. Knott Laboratory of Bio Electron Microscopy
  12. Lashuel Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology and Neuroproteomics
  13. Markram Laboratory of Neural Microcircuitry, Blue Brain Project
  14. McCabe Laboratory of Neural Genetics and Disease
  15. Petersen Laboratory of Sensory Processing
  16. Ramdya Laboratory of Neuroengineering
  17. Sandi Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics
  18. Schneggenburger Laboratory of Synaptic Mechanisms
  19. Schürmann Laboratory in the Blue Brain Project