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 middle of May if your application is selected for invitation to the Hiring Days. The format of the Hiring Days (on-line, or campus visits) is currently being discussed. In case of an on-line format, the interview dates would be most likely June 15th – 19th. Another option is that the campus visit Hiring Day is held in late summer/autumn. More information will be given in middle of May. We would like to encourage you to apply the EPFL “Neuroscience” PhD program!

 

Despite the global Covid-19 pandemic, the November application deadline will be maintained. The PhD program will communicate to you by mid- December if your application is selected for invitation to the Hiring Days January 20-22nd 2021. The format of the Hiring Days (on-line, or campus visits) is currently being discussed. In case of an on-line format, the interview dates would be most likely be January 18th – 22nd.  More information will be given in middle of December. We would like to encourage you to apply the EPFL “Neuroscience” PhD program!

Blanke  Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, one position,
the project plans to investigate how the integration of online body-related signals not only impacts self-consciousness, but how these signals impact the encoding and retrieval of autobiographical memories. The research is based on our past work on self consciousness and will employ and further develop a recently developed VR platform for episodic memory and apply it to fMRI using laboratory controlled virtual events that will be fully adapted to fMRI. More information.

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

Courtine Laboratory of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology,
one position
Single-cell Atlas of spinal cord injury.

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.

Ghezzi Laboratory of Neuroengineering, one position,
Joint position with Moser Laboratory of Applied Photonics Devices
developing neural network-based algorithms for control applications in neuroscience. In particular, as a study case, we will engineer the artificial networks to produce desired responses of the network of neurons in the mouse visual system, upon specific inputs’.

Herzog Laboratory of Psychophysics, two positions, two projects
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.

Jaksic Laboratory of Experimental Evolutionary Neurobiology,
one position, We are looking for a prospective PhD student with a good background in neurogenetics, neurobiology, or molecular genetics/genomics to embark on a project which integrates technologies and methods from the fields of experimental evolutionary biology and neuroscience with the end-result of experimentally evolving a cognitive brain in a model organism. If you are willing to learn and apply quantitative-, molecular- and population genetics approaches to behavioral and neuronal phenotypes in Drosophila join us in our quest to explore the drivers of brain evolution. More information

Mathis Laboratory of Computational Neuroscience, one position
Behavior is a complex reflection of an animal’s goals, state and character. Thus, accurately measuring behavior is crucial for advancing basic neuroscience, as well as the study of various neural and psychiatric disorders. We are seeking a candidate with keen interests in animal behavior and machine learning to develop next generation tools for analyzing behavior in different species and contexts. 

Mathis Laboratory of Computational Neuroscience, one joint position with Blanke  Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience,
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/) and also of 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/). 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. 

Petersen Laboratory of Sensory Processing, one position,
In this project, we will use optical methods to measure and manipulate brain function as a mouse learns a simple perceptual task through reward-based feedback. The goal is to understand how sensory neuronal circuits become linked to motor circuits through reward-based learning. Specifically we investigate how whisker sensory information can be transformed into goal-directed licking motor output through reward-based learning.

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, two positions,
We use the fly, Drosophila melanogaster, microscopy, machine vision, genetics, and computational models to identify how biological neural circuits control behavior. We aim to better understand the mind and to build more versatile robotic controllers. We use flies because they produce complex behaviors, have small nervous systems with stereotyped connectivity, and are genetically tractable.
We are currently excited to welcome additional PhD students to perform and analyze 2-photon optical recordings of neuronal population dynamics governing action selection and limb control. These measurements will be used to inform simulation and robotics work in the laboratory.

Schürmann  Laboratory of Neuroscience and Computing, two positions,
(1) Understanding the computational costs of brain simulations;
In previous work we have established a foundation for a quantitative understanding of the computational costs of brain simulation (https://doi.org/10.1007/s12021-019-09451-w).
This PhD project will extent this performance modeling approach to understanding the energy needed to compute brain models in a computer and analyze emerging neuromorphic computing architectures. The outcome of this project has the potential to affect future computer architectures, giving important insights into opportunities and limitations of emerging hardware architectures.
This project combines computational neuroscience, mathematical modeling and computer engineering. More information.

(2) Will be posted soon.

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.