Job ID: 114437

PhD Candidate in Developmental Neuroscience

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 30 September 2023

Contract Length: 3 years

City: Trondheim

Country: Norway

Institution: NTNU

Department: Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience


The Quattrocolo group at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience has an opening for a PhD student in developmental neuroscience. The main research interest of the lab is the development of cortical circuits, specifically investigating the role of different cell types in the wiring of neuronal networks. The project will focus on the development and the diversity of GABAergic interneurons in the entorhinal cortex. We aim to combine different techniques, such as immunohistochemistry, transcriptomic analysis, cell-type specific viral vectors and transgenic mouse lines. The position is a full time (100 %) position, with a 3-years contract, and the position should start before the end of 2023.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in neuroscience or a related quantitative science discipline
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master’s level
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master’s degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education
    • Master’s students can apply, but the master’s degree must be obtained and documented by the end of 2023
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty’s doctoral program
  • A strong interest in developmental neuroscience
  • The candidate should be proficient in spoken and written English

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant 

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience with techniques used in cellular and molecular neuroscience (e.g. western blot, immunohistochemistry)
  • Basic programming skills (such as MatLab, Python, R)
  • Experience with rodents and certificate from the course in Animal Research in Norway (or equivalent)

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

The application must include:

  • Updated CV and certificates.
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • A copy of the master’s thesis. If you recently have submitted your master’s thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis and official documentation of submission. Documentation of a completed master’s degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • A short research statement explaining the experience and the interest of the candidate for the research topic and describing the relevance of the candidate’s background to the research project (maximum 1 page).
  • A 1-page proposal describing a potential project focused on interneurons.
  • Name and contact information of two references.

Application can be accepted only through JobbNorge