PhD Position in the Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics, Brain Mind Institute, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
A PhD position is open for a highly qualified candidate to investigate the neurobiological mechanisms that link the regulation of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis with the development of psychopathologies. The project focuses on the study of animals showing variation in glucocorticoid reactivity to stress and genetically modified mouse models for the glucocorticoid receptor. It will require the application of behavioral and endocrine analyses in rodents, surgery, viral-mediated gene targeting, electrophysiology and optogenetics / DREADDs.
Highly motivated candidates with an excellent Master of Science in Neuroscience, Biology, Bioengineering, or related disciplines are encouraged to apply. Previous experience in rodent behavior and/or any of the other techniques involved in the project is welcome. A strong interest in multidisciplinary research (neurobiological basis of behavior) and excellent writing and communication skills are important. Background knowledge on signal processing and programming skills (MATLAB and Igor) are required.
The research will be conducted at the Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics (http:// lgc.epfl.ch / ) at the recently developed Brain Mind Institute (EPFL; http://bmi.epfl.ch/), a center dedicated to exploring the emergence of higher brain function across multiple levels ranging from gene expression to cognition and emotional processing.
Starting date will be around or after summer 2016, but candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The selected candidate/s will then be invited to submit the application to the EPFL PhD Program in Neuroscience (EDNE; http://phd.epfl.ch/neuroscience) with a deadline of May 1 st2016,
Interested candidates should send by email a single pdf document including: CV, a research statement -indicating scientific interests and relevant experience- and the names and contact details of 2-3 reference persons to:
Prof. Carmen Sandi
Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics
Brain Mind Institute
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)