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PhD Position at the Laboratory for fundamental BioPhotonics, EPFL
One PhD student position is available at the Laboratory for fundamental BioPhotonics (LBP) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.
The human mind consists of around hundred billion of neurons that communicate through a unique series of biochemical and physical processes. When we think, neural circuits involving millions of cells become active and signals propagate through the cluster in a complex manner. On the single cell level, the signal is composed of a rapid variation of the trans-membrane electrostatic potential (action potential) that originates from the controlled flow of mainly Na+ and K+ ions in and out of the cell through specific voltage-gated ion channels. This action potential travels on a millisecond time scale along a cell membrane that is only a few nanometers wide.
Action potentials can be detected either electronically or optically. Due to the high speed and restrictive spatial region on which the action potential travels, to date, no non-invasive time resolved sub-cellular response has been measured.
The aim of this project is to develop and work with a cutting edge optical imaging method that is based on nonlinear optics. This method, in combination with other approaches allows to non-invasively map local neuronal network activity in living cells.
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a background in photonics and bio-engineering, ideally with experience in nonlinear optics / microscopy and neurology. We offer excellent working conditions and a state-of-the-art infrastructure in a highly dynamic and international environment at the forefront of research.
The Application Procedure
Applications should include a motivation letter, detailed CV, transcripts of diplomas as well as three letters of reference. In addition to the application to the lab, the candidate should also apply to the doctoral school in photonics.
For applications / information
Prof. Sylvie Roke
Julia Jacobi chair in photomedicine
Laboratory for fundamental BioPhotonics (LBP)
Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne (EPFL)
Institute of Bio-engineering (IBI), School of Engineering (STI)
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
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