Position for Ph.D. student (10/2014)
Topic: Personality traits and underlying neurochemical substrates contributing to drug abuse
The research group of Dr. Nathalie Ginovart at the University of Geneva focuses on the brain mechanisms leading to drug addiction. The group is part of the Psychiatry Department of the Medical Faculty and has an opening for a Ph.D. student. The project investigates the personality traits and underlying neurochemical substrates that contribute to vulnerability to drug abuse. This multidisciplinary project combines behavioral measures of impulsivity and anxiety sensitivity to in vivo imaging measures of neuroreceptor populations, with the aim of relating them to the propensity of rats to self-administer drugs of abuse.
We are looking for a highly motivated Ph.D. student with a Master degree in Neurosciences, Medicine, Biology or related field. Practical experience with laboratory animals and a solid background in neurosciences are highly appreciated. The applicant should be prepared to perform animal experiments with rodents. We offer a 3-years salary corresponding to those offered by the Swiss National Science Foundation as well as an interactive and well-equipped environment.
The starting date is 01.01.2015 but may be adjusted by mutual agreement.
Applications, including a complete CV and a letter of motivation with a brief statement of any research experience related to the field or a relevant field of study should be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PhD-Position in clinical neurophysiology and non-invasive brain stimulation (9/2014)
Applications are invited for a funded doctoral position (for 3 years) in the Clinical Neurophysiology and Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Lab in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the CHUV / University of Lausanne.
Our lab is interested in the human motor control. As clinicians, we care about patients and are interested to better understand the physiology of the motor system and the pathophysiology of movement and neuromuscular disorders, to develop diagnostic tests and to explore the therapeutic potential of non-invasive brain stimulation. We apply various methods including transcranial magnetic (TMS) and direct current stimulation (tDCS), electroneuromyography (ENMG), electroencephalography (EEG) and combined EMG-EEG recordings, kinematic analysis with inertial monitors and robotic devices. The lab is fully equipped including a state-of-the-art neuro-navigation system. We collaborate with other labs providing access to imaging facilities.
There are a number of ongoing studies. The candidate will focus on a therapeutic study of non-invasive brain stimulation for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and will participate in neurophysiological investigations of its pathophysiology.
The candidate must have a background in neurophysiology, neuroscience or medicine, and experience in clinical research with participants, preferably with one of the above-mentioned methods. Candidates must be motivated, team-players and empathetic with our patients.
The candidate is fluent in French and English.
The candidate must qualify to enter a PhD program.
We offer a competitive CHUV/UNIL salary. The position is available immediately, and applications will be considered until the position is filled. If interested, please contact me: PD Dr. David Benninger, (email@example.com), 079 556 38 93. Applications including a CV and the names and full contact details of 1-2 referees can be sent by email.
PhD student to study the molecular and cellular basis of synaptic specificity in the neocortex (published Aug 12, 2014)
We are recruiting a PhD student to study the molecular and cellular basis of synaptic specificity in the neocortex. Our laboratory has recently demonstrated that the connectivity of neurons within developing cortical circuits can be specifically reprogrammed (De La Rossa et al., Nature Neuroscience, 2013) and that input-dependent processes determine the neuronal identity and circuit complexity (Golding et al., Neuron, 2014; Pouchelon et al., Nature 2014). The project of the successful applicant will consist in investigating gene-circuit interactions during assembly of forebrain neurons.
Candidates should be able to work both independently and within a dynamic multidisciplinary research team focused on understanding neurodevelopmental circuit formation using ex vivo and in vitro approaches. The Department of Basic Neurosciences is located within the Faculty of Medicine, at the heart of Geneva, in a competitive and stimulating academic environment.
Please send your CV and a letter of motivation to Prof. Denis Jabaudon: firstname.lastname@example.org