Job ID: 114294

Student – Scientific project – Deep Brain Stimulation for Memory Enhancement

Position: Student BSc/MSc/PhD

Deadline: 30 September 2023

Employment Start Date: 1 November 2023

Contract Length: 24 months

City: Gdansk

Country: Poland

Institution: Gdansk University of Technology

Department: BioTechMed Center, Multimedia Systems Department, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications, and Informatics

Description:

Deep Brain Stimulation for Memory Enhancement

If you have a passion for understanding and enhancing brain function, this opportunity offers a dynamic and collaborative environment in which you can grow and make significant contributions to the field. We encourage all interested to apply!

Eligibility and Preferred Skills:

  • Students of all levels are encouraged to apply.
  • Experience or interest in signal processing, coding, or script writing for data analyses of LFP and single-neurons recordings in freely moving rats.
  • Good command in English.
  • Strong interest in neuroscience, learning and memory, behavior, brain-machine interfaces, and deep brain stimulation.
  • Curiosity-driven with a strong internal motivation for research.
  • The candidate do not need to have experience in working with animals. Candidates open to work with experimental rats will be supported and trained by expert scientist.

Project Summary:

The aim of this project is to develop a reliable method for enhancing memory using implantable microelectrodes. The research will focus on understanding the effects of electrical stimulation in a part of the brain known as the anterior thalamus. This brain structure plays a crucial role in certain types of learning and memory. We will study how this stimulation affects the behavior of rats and how it changes the electrical activity of neurons in brain areas vital for memory such as the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex. We will try to improve the rat’s performance in memory tasks.

More information about the project is here.

Benefits:

The successful candidate will be provided with a monthly stipend of 5000 PLN, funded by NCN.

The project will be implemented at the Gdansk University of Technology, by Dr. Maciej M. Jankowski in close collaboration with Dr. Michał Kucewicz, Prof. John Aggleton from Cardiff University and Prof. Shane O’Mara from Trinity College Dublin.

How to apply: Please send your CV, motivation letter, and the contact details for 1-3 references to macjankow@gmail.com or maciej.jankowski@mail.huji.ac.il

More information: macjankow@gmail.com