Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Bern/Switzerland

24 January 2020

Ph.D. Student in Bern/Switzerland

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The Center for Experimental Neurology (ZEN) is a unique translational research center in the Department
of Neurology at the Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, Switzerland. It fosters strong collaborations
between clinical and experimental laboratories with long-standing expertise in sleep and psychiatric
disorders. To further strengthen our collaboration project between the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Bern, we are seeking a motivated PhD candidate for a translational research project. This project aims to identify the wiring and dynamics of neural circuits underlying sleep oscillations and sleep-dependent emotional modulation in rodent including mouse models of major depression, fear/anxiety and schizophrenia. Technical developments will focus on in vivo optogenetics, high density electrophysiology, optical imaging and behavior in freely-moving animals.

Your profile includes Recent Master degree in biology, neuro-engineering, or related fields, or a medical degree. Previous experience in rodent stereotaxic surgery, optogenetics, in vivo electrophysiology (EEG, LFP, MUA, EMG) and behavioral analysis (e.g. sleep, fear conditioning, sensory integration)Experience with signals analysis (spike sorting) Computer programming (Matlab, Spike, C++, etc.) will be an advantage
,Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to work independently and together with a research team, and aptitude to mentor undergraduate and graduate students are also necessary attributes.

We offer Comprehensive training opportunities, excellent supervision by both preclinical and clinical researchers and a solid scientific and technical expertise in system neurosciences together with a highly collaborative environment between the ZEN, the Department of Neurology and the Department of Psychiatry at the University.

Application: (CV, letter describing your scientific interests, contact of three references) by email to

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Contract length:
limited to one year with possibility to extend up to 4 years.
University of Bern
Department for Biomedical Research

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Antoine Adamantidis
Inselspital University Hospital Bern, Freigburgstrasse 18

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