PHD position: Mechanisms of sensory perception in cortex

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam




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Job description

The Cortical Microcircuits and In Vivo Neurophysiology groups are in search of a proficient PhD candidate for a 4-year venture that shall be carried out on the Integrative Neurophysiology (INF) division on the Middle for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Analysis (CNCR) on the VU Amsterdam.

The sensory areas of the cerebral cortex course of sensory data from the exterior world and distribute this data all through the mind to orchestrate acceptable behavioral output. How exercise of projection neurons that concentrate on different cortical and subcortical areas generate behavioral output is poorly understood. By combining electrophysiological recordings with genetic focusing on of particular cell sorts, we examine how internally generated data streams (similar to movement and motivation) modulate sensory responses within the cortex and in downstream areas of rodents throughout sensorimotor behaviors. Detailed understanding of cell type-specific perform will encourage anatomically and functionally practical fashions of the mind to enhance our understanding of how sensory data from the world is remodeled into notion, and in the end into conduct.
As a PhD candidate, your analysis will goal to elucidate the neural circuit mechanisms underlying the transformation of sensation into notion.

Your duties

* You’ll use a repertoire of state-of-the-art approaches in circuit neuroscience such
as single unit and inhabitants electrophysiology in anaesthetized and behaving mice,
opto- or chemogenetics and histology.
* You should have the chance to oversee Bachelor’s and Grasp’s college students.


* We’re in search of candidates with a grasp in neuroscience and a powerful motivation

   to pursue a profession in science.

* Prior expertise with single unit electrophysiology, imaging and surgical methods

   is important.

What are we providing?

A difficult place in a socially concerned group. You can be a part of a collaborative, enthusiastic workforce consisting of a number of PhD-students and skilled post-docs by which we collectively work on vital analysis questions. The wage shall be in accordance with college laws for tutorial personnel and quantities € 2.770 (PhD) per thirty days in the course of the first 12 months and will increase to € 3.539 (PhD) per thirty days in the course of the fourth 12 months, based mostly on a full-time employment. The job profile: relies on the college job rating system and is vacant for at the least 1 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 12 months. After a passable analysis of the preliminary appointment, the contract shall be prolonged for a complete length of 4 years.

Moreover, the VU Amsterdam presents glorious fringe advantages and numerous schemes and laws to advertise a superb work/life stability, similar to:

* 8% vacation allowance and eight.3% end-of-year bonus

* contribution to commuting bills

* non-compulsory mannequin for designing a customized advantages package deal

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is evident: to contribute to a greater world by excellent training and ground-breaking analysis. We try to be a college the place private growth and dedication to society play a number one function. A college the place folks from totally different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to attain improvements and to generate new information. Our educating and analysis embody the whole spectrum of educational endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences by to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is house to greater than 31,000 college students. We make use of over 5,000 people. The VU campus is definitely accessible and positioned within the coronary heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a really inspiring setting for educating and analysis.

We’re an inclusive college group. Range is one in all our most vital values. We consider that partaking in worldwide actions and welcoming college students and employees from all kinds of backgrounds enhances the standard of our training and analysis. We’re all the time in search of individuals who can enrich our world with their very own distinctive views and experiences.

The College of Science
Working on the College of Science means working along with college students, PhD candidates and scientists who’re centered on their self-discipline, but even have a broad view of the world. We’re pleased with the collegial working setting inside the college, which is characterised by an bold and pragmatic angle with dedication to the larger image. On the College of Science, scientists and college students work on basic and complicated social points for a sustainable and wholesome future. From forest fires to huge knowledge, from weight problems to malnutrition, from genetics to prescription drugs and from molecules to the moon: our educating and analysis cowl the complete breadth of the pure sciences. Scientific educating and analysis is extremely experimental, technical, computational and interdisciplinary in nature. For this reason we collaborate extensively with main analysis institutes and business. The college has over 11,000 college students learning throughout 40 instructional programmes and employs over 1,600 employees unfold over 10 scientific departments, making us the most important science college within the Netherlands.


Are you curious about this place? Please apply through the applying button and add your curriculum vitae and canopy letter till

September 30, 2023

. Meant beginning date: December 1, 2023.

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Emptiness questions
When you’ve got any questions concerning this emptiness, you might contact:

Identify: Dr. Christiaan de Kock, Prof. Huib Mansvelder, or Dr. Marcel Oberlaender
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected]

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