Research fellow position in systems neuroscience (PhD student or Post-Doc) available in the laboratory of Vincent Bonin with support from the Research Foundation Flanders (www.fwo.be), Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB, www.vib.be), imec (www.imec.be) and KU Leuven (www.kuleuven.be).
Our lab studies the cellular patterns of activity that underlie processing of sensory information in the mammalian brain during active behavior. We study the flow of sensory and task-related information between thalamus, cortex and higher cortical areas during coordinated movement and navigation. We currently focus on a vision-to-action visual pathway in the laboratory mouse that carries visual information from the retina through the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) to the primary visual cortex (V1) and beyond. We aim to characterize the population code that is used in these areas and to understand the rules of connectivity that support that code. We use large-scale electrophysiology, calcium imaging, optogenetics and quantitative analysis to probe neural processing awake, behaving mice.
– Degree in neuroscience, computer science, psychology, physics, mathematics or engineering.
– Strong quantitative and technical skills and fluency in at least one programming language (e.g. Matlab, Python, C++).
– Preference will be given to candidates with significant research experience in systems neuroscience or cellular physiology.
– You are comfortable working with rodents and performing precise procedures such as neurosurgeries.
– You like to be challenged and you are able to work independently, as well as within a team, towards established goals.
We offer the successful candidate a renewable contract, a competitive salary and benefits (although candidates will also be expected to apply for their own external funding). The successful candidate will have access to state-of-the-art tools and facilities, a rich training environment, and the possibility to collaborate with other groups within NERF, VIB, IMEC and KU Leuven. A good knowledge of English is sufficient for all communications, both within and outside the partner institutes. Situated in the university town of Leuven (close to Brussels and with excellent transport links), the position is ideally suited to international candidates.
How to apply?
Students interested in pursuing a project in the lab should send a CV, a copy of their university transcripts, names of 3 referees, and a cover letter stating career goals, research interests, and how these relate to our research to the investigator.