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Ph.D. Student in Bern/Switzerland

05 December 2017

Ph.D. Student in Bern/Switzerland

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Ph.D. Position in Retinal Neurophysiology/Optogenetics

The Ph.D. position will be hosted in the Optogenetics group of PD Dr. S. Kleinlogel at the Department of Physiology at the University of Bern (Switzerland). The main focus of the laboratory lies on the restoration of vision using customized optogenetic tools (van Wyk et al., PLoS Biology, 2015). The available Ph.D. project is part of an initiative to gain insights into the pathophysiological adaptations during retinal degeneration in order to improve optogenetic treatment strategies for the blind.

The successful candidate will apply cutting edge molecular and electrophysiological techniques to optogenetically re-activate retinal neurons and monitor their activity. These include multi-electrode array and patch-clamp recordings on mouse and human ex vivo retinas as well as gene therapy with next-generation optogenetic tools. The candidate will be responsible for the design of visual stimuli and the analysis of the acquired single-cell or population data.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with strong interest in neural circuits and the visual system. Candidates should have good skills in multi-electrode array or patch-clamp recordings as well as programming (Matlab or Python). Academic excellence, a professional work attitude, a proactive and self-driven nature are expected.

The candidate will be enrolled in the Ph.D. program of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Bern. The position is supported by a Swiss National Science Foundation grant and available from February 2018.

How to apply:
Please send a CV (max. 2 pages), University grades, a statement of methodological experiences including a position-specific research motivation letter (max. 2 pages) and 2 recommendation letters to:
Only short-listed candidates will be further contacted. For further information please contact Sonja Kleinlogel.

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Employment start date:
Contract length:
3 years
University of Bern
Institute of Physiology

Contact Information

PD Dr. S. Kleinlogel
Optogenetics Group
Institute of Physiology
University of Bern
Bühlplatz 5
3012 Bern

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