Job ID: 117761

Postdoc in cellular and circuit neuroscience

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 10 March 2024

Employment Start Date: 1 April 2024

Contract Length: 3.5 years

City: Amsterdam

Country: Netherlands

Institution: Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience

Department: Axonal signaling


We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc to work on an NWO-funded project focusing on cellular and circuit mechanisms of predictive coding in the visual system. Predictive coding theory states that the brain continuously compares visual inputs it receives with an experience-based internal model of the environment, and updates this model based on the differences. The project is part of a collaboration in which a novel behavioral paradigm and advanced two-photon imaging is employed to study neural circuits underlying predictive coding (Seignette et al. eLife 2024). You will be responsible for the ex vivo brain slice physiology to determine the role of synaptic, axonal and myelin mechanisms involved in updating the internal model of the environment. The aim is determining the contribution of two inhibitory cell types in this process, the basket- and the chandelier interneurons and role of the axon initial segment plasticity (see e.g. Jamann et al. Nat Commun 2021 or Fréal et al. Sci Adv 2023).


  • A completed PhD in neuroscience or relevant research field.
  • Experience with subcellular electrophysiology and imaging.
  • Demonstrated capacity to publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Highly proficient in spoken and written English.
  • Experience in supervising students for research projects.
  • Excellent capabilities for working independently and a team player.
  • Proficiency with programming languages (Python, MATLAB, R) is a plus

What do we offer?

You will be joining a highly collaborative neuroscience research environment and benefit from state-of-the-art infrastructure. The Kole lab is renowned for their fundamental cellular neuron-glia studies of myelinated axons and axon initial segment. The lab is equipped with high-end in vitro electrophysiological, optogenetic and high-speed one and two-photon imaging setups. It concerns a position for 1.0 fte (38 h/week) for one year. In case of proper functioning the employment contract will be extended for 2.5 years. You will have ample opportunities for further development of knowledge and technical skills, through courses at the Academy and (inter)national conferences.  You will have extensive opportunities for training and opportunities for personal development.

About the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience

The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience is the country’s leading fundamental neuroscience research institute, in the international and progressive city of Amsterdam. It provides a critical mass of scientists (spanning more than 27 nationalities) and neuroscience facilities, in a highly interactive, dynamic, multi-cultural environment, with English as the working language.

Terms of employment

Depending on education and experience the minimum salary is € 3877,00 and the maximum salary is € 5090,00 gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale 10, cao Nederlandse Universiteiten/KNAW). This is exclusive of 8% vacation allowance, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet allowance, home working allowance and pension accrual with ABP. The KNAW offers its staff an excellent package of secondary benefits. A package that meets the different needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours a week, it is possible to increase the number of days off from 29 to 41 days a year (with full-time employment).

Diversity & Inclusion

The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated of great importance. A working environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture in which we embrace differences. We would therefore like to invite candidates who want to contribute to this through their background and experience. In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who thus enhances diversity within the Academy.


The link to the online application is here