Job ID: 114189

PhD Position in Neuroscience & Experimental Ophthalmology

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 30 September 2023

City: Bern

Country: Switzerland

Institution: University hospital of Bern



The laboratory of Dr. Ludovic Mure in the Department of Ophthalmology of the Inselspital at the University of Bern is seeking a passionate PhD candidate to work in the field of experimental ophthalmology and neuroscience. Light has a profound impact on physiology and behavior; besides vision, it also mediates a set of non-visual responses including the resetting of the circadian clock, the regulation of alertness, sleep, mood, or the pupillary constriction. The project aims at elucidating the circuits by which light regulates non-visual responses and at evaluating the impact of retinal disorders on these responses. We will use an interdisciplinary approach coupling neuroscience methods and transcriptomics to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms and circuits by which light affects the brain.

The Mure Lab is located in the Department of Ophthalmology of the Inselspital at the University of Bern. The Inselspital offers a unique translational environment supported by strong interactions between clinical and experimental laboratories. This project will benefit from the collaboration established with the Center for Experimental Neurology at the Inselspital University Hospital.

To further strengthen our group, we are looking for motivated candidates with an interest in neuroscience, eye biology, or related fields. Applicants with previous experience in molecular and cellular neurosciences, rodent stereotaxic surgery, optogenetics, in vitro/vivo electrophysiology, in vivo calcium imaging, or behavioral analysis (e.g., sleep, instrumental learning, reward, fear learning, etc.) or computational skills are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience with programming is a strong asset (Matlab, R). Excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to work independently and together with a research team, and the aptitude to mentor undergraduate and graduate students are also necessary attributes.

The Mure Lab offers a supportive environment with scientific and technical expertise in system neurosciences and a highly collaborative environment. As part of a small lab, you will have ample opportunities to grow and participate in multiple steps of the projects.  In addition to weekly meetings, and open door policy, you will be able to take advantage of the vibrant and interdisciplinary scientific community at the Inselspital and University of Bern.

To apply: Please send your application (CV, letter describing your scientific interests, contact of three references as a single pdf file) by email to Dr. Ludovic Mure ( Screening of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.