Open Positions

PhD Fellowships

  • New PhD positions will be announced approximately 6 weeks before the April 2021 application deadline. 

PhD Fellowships: candidates will be enrolled in the EPFL PhD program Neuroscience. To become a PhD candidate at EPFL, and thus to be eligible for these positions, candidates must first apply and be admitted into the EDNE doctoral programs. Details on this procedure can be found at http://phd.epfl.ch/application. Next deadline: April 15, 2021; see http://phd.epfl.ch/neuroscience-openings and https://www.epfl.ch/education/phd/programs/edne-neuroscience/open-positions.


PostDoc Fellowships

We are currently accepting applications for one postdoctoral position, see details below. We would like to ask all applicants to include a short (3-minute) video-introduction alongside their standard application. This will allow you to tell us a bit more about yourself, your background, motivations, and future plans.

For inquiries and applications please contact:

Fosco Bernasconi
Senior Scientist
Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience

The Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience (Olaf Blanke) and the Medical Image Processing Lab (Dimitri Van De Ville) have a joint open fMRI post-doc position on the early detection of memory and executive deficits and their relationship to hallucinations in patients with mild cognitive impairments and Parkinson’s disease. The position is part of a larger project between both Labs on cognitive decline in neurodegeneration, mild cognitive impairments, and health-related brain changes using cutting-edge signal analysis methods (such as innovation-driven co-activation patterns1; toolbox for co-activation patterns2) and a recently developed neuroengineering platform, including immersive Virtual Reality, robotically-controlled stimulations during fMRI acquisition, psychophysics.

The project aims at investigating how hallucinations in the elderly and in patients with Parkinson’s disease are associated with mild cognitive impairment and dementia, using advanced neurotechnology and brain imaging data analysis in large patient populations. Related previous research from our labs showed that so-called minor hallucinations and cognitive decline in patients with Parkinson’s disease results from brain processes of impaired sensorimotor integration in fronto-temporal cortex and altered connectivity (Bernasconi et al., BioRxiv 2020). Computational approaches to probe large-scale network dynamics have linked cingulo-prefrontal regions to clinical risk for psychosis (Zöller et al., Biological Psychiatry: CNNI, 2019). The current project aims at investigating striatal-cortical functional and structural mechanisms in elderly and identify early markers for psychiatric and cognitive vulnerability and decline.

The ideal candidate should have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in engineering, computer science, or physics, hold a PhD in neuroimaging or a related field and be strongly motivated with a keen interest in cognitive-systems neuroscience. Skills in assembling advanced processing pipelines and/or methods development are valued. Experience in PD, MCI, neurodegeneration, or memory is a plus.

Applications and any inquiries should be sent to Fosco Bernasconi and include a CV, a publication list, a 3-minute video stating motivations and qualifications, as well as contact details of two referees.


 


Engineering Positions

Your mission :
We are looking for an engineer in mechatronic or microengineering for the development of robotic and wearable robotic devices for experimental and clinical research on bodily illusions in healthy individuals and patient populations (Parkinson’s disease and Schizophrenia).
 
Main duties and responsibilities include :
– Collaboration with researchers from the laboratory for the design and development of new robotic technologies for research projects.
– The identification of technological solutions or processes developed in the lab and potentially leading to Intellectual Property protection.
– Technical supervision for all research projects developing new or upgrading existing robotic and haptic devices.
– Manage the maintenance of the robotic devices used in different clinical settings and in different locations (e.g. Geneva, Bern, Sion).

Other important aspects of the position are:
– Proactively providing ideas and solutions to the technological problems addressed in the lab. This requires taking part in scientific meetings of the lab and follow-up of detailed projects.
– Support to the writing of reports and technical documentation, in collaboration with the scientists of the project and/or of the laboratory.

Your profile :
  • Engineering diploma HES/EPF (or equivalent)
  • 2 years of experience in the development of robotic or mechatronic systems
  • Skills in CAO design (Solidworks ideally)
  • Skills in programming (C, C++)
  • Some knowledge in electronic is a plus
  • Good organization and time management skills
  • Ability to write a technical report
  • B2 level in English
We offer :
80-100% (to be discussed)
 
Start date :
As soon as possible
Location: Campus Biotech Geneva
 
Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)
 
Work rate :
80-100 %
 
Duration :
1 year renewable contract
Contact :
Online application with :
-Motivation letter
-CV
-Copies of diplomas
 
Remark :
Only candidates who applied through EPFL website or our partner Jobup’s website will be considered
 

Projects at MindMaze SA

 

MindMaze is a R&D company based in Lausanne (Switzerland) that combines immersive virtual reality, brain imaging and robotics to build novel platforms for neurorehabilitation and game training. It is developing unique hardware and software architectures for tailored solutions across diverse applications. Its multidisciplinary team brings together expertise in microelectronics, brain-computer interfaces, computer vision, cognitive neuroscience, virtual reality, robotics, and design for manufacturing and regulatory/quality management for medical devices.

MindMaze is currently offering projects in the following domains:

  • Patient data analysis and statistics
  • Statistical inference on brain imaging data
  • Human body motion tracking
  • Database synchronization and cloud architecture
  • Graphical user interfaces for medical products
  • 3D rendering libraries and drivers
  • Embedded hardware (VHDL, microcontroller)
  • Industrial design

The students will intensively participate in research and development of hardware, software and expose to medical device regulatory/quality procedures as well as clinical validation under expert supervision. Join the team by writing your interests along with your CV to [email protected] Visit website for more details of the company www.mindmaze.ch