Job ID: 117552

Postdoctoral position in Integrative Neurophysiology – with a focus on physiological recordings of brain activity in rodent models of Parkinson’s disease.

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 10 March 2024

Employment Start Date: 1 June 2024

Contract Length: 2 years (with possibility for extension)

City: Umeå

Country: Sweden

Institution: Umeå Universitet

Department: MTB


We are announcing a two-year full-time postdoc position in Integrative Neurophysiology at the Department of Medical and Translational Biology at Umeå University, Sweden.


Description of the project

Our research group aims to understand how different parts of the central nervous system cooperate to generate purposeful behaviors. In particular, we study how the cerebral cortex and the basal ganglia interact to select and execute different motor behaviors, both under normal conditions and in an individual afflicted by Parkinson’s disease. Our research is truly interdisciplinary, and this is reflected by the different academic backgrounds of our team memebers – including medicine, physics/engineering, biology etc. (see e.g. PMIDs: 33036974; 25447740; 34936519; 23175810; 19299613; 12840761).

The specific project has a focus on clarifying pathophysiological properties of corticostriatal circuits responsible for the various symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease and levodopa-induced dyskinesia. The planned research involves several advanced experimental techniques for optical, chemical end electrical manipulation of physiological processes in vivo, in conjunction with recording of electrophysiological signals from hundreds of chronically implanted microelectrodes in behaving rodents.

Work responsibilities

The applicant is expected to independently coordinate the planned research, be part of experimental design, carry out the experiments and subsequent data analyses. Our lab has a strong tradition of collaborative work and the postdoctoral researcher is expected to be able to work both independently and as a part of the research team.


A person who has been awarded a doctorate or a foreign qualification deemed to be the equivalent of a doctorate in a subject of relevance for the project, including medicine, physics, engineering, biology and similar fields, is eligible for appointment as postdoctoral researcher. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time at which the appointment decision is made.


A good understanding of the motor systems and experimental skills in in vivo physiology is required, together with an ability to communicate in written and spoken scientific English.

Additional useful qualifications

Previous experimental experience of in vivo neurophysiology in awake animals, using optical techniques and/or microelectrode recordings is considered and extra merit. Experience of data analyses of neurophysiological data is also considered and extra merit.

More information about the position

The appointment is a full-time, fixed-term position for two years in accordance with the terms of contract for fixed-term employment as a postdoctoral researcher from 1 February 2022.

More information about the position, please contact



The application must include:

  • A brief description of your research interests and a statement describing why you are interested in the position.
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • Degree certificate from doctoral studies and other relevant degrees
  • Contact details of two reference persons

The application must be written in Swedish or English. The application must be made via our e-recruitment system Varbi and must be received latest 10 March 2024.


We look forward to receiving your application.