| PhD Position in Clinical Research in Movement Disorders @ CHUV Lausanne (September 2021) | Open PhD Position, Emotion & Memory Lab, University of Geneva | PhD position in Adult neurogenesis - Regulation of adult neural stem cell activity by astrocytes (04/2021)

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PhD Position in Clinical Research in Movement Disorders @ CHUV Lausanne (September 2021)

The Movement Disorders Research Lab, Department of Neurology / Clinical Neurosciences, CHUV / University of Lausanne, offers a position of a PhD student for 3 years. Our research objectives are to understand better the pathophysiology of movement disorders and to explore the novel therapeutic approaches with a focus on gait disorders and non-invasive brain stimulation. The Lab is fully equipped with state-of-art TMS, tDCS-tACS, ENMG, EEG and combined EMG-EEG recordings, kinematic and gait analysis with inertial monitors and robotic devices, and neuro-navigation. We collaborate with a gait lab and have access to imaging facilities.

The candidate will focus on a multi-center therapeutic study of gait disorders in Parkinson’s disease and atypical Parkinson disorders and will participate in neurophysiological investigations of the pathophysiology.

Candidate requirements
The successful candidate must qualify to enter a PhD program and have a solid background in medicine, movement science, neurophysiology and/or neuroscience.

  •             Experience in clinical research with patients.
  •             Being motivated, a team player and empathetic with our patients.  
  •             Good knowledge of French, English and German.

We offer a competitive CHUV/UNIL salary. The position is available from September 1st 2021. If interested, please contact me: PD Dr. David Benninger, (, 079 556 38 93. Applications including a CV and the names and full contact details of 1-2 referees can be sent by email.


Open PhD Position, Emotion & Memory Lab, University of Geneva

The Emotion & Memory lab offers a PhD position at the University of Geneva (). This PhD position is available within an SNF-funded Eccellenza professioral fellowship grant on “How emotion, stress and their regulation shape and alter episodic memory across the life span” (PI: Ulrike Rimmele). This question will be examined with multiple methods (behavior, psychophysiology, pharmacology, neuroimaging and virtual reality in an interdisciplinary research context. The PhD candidate will be responsible for managing the piloting, designing and analysis of behavioral and neuro-imaging experiments of emotion and stress influences on episodic memories in children, adolescents and adults.

We are looking for a PhD student with a strong interest in experimental research on memory across the life span. In short, we are looking for a candidate with - a Master’s degree in a relevant area, e.g. Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Biomedical Sciences or a related discipline
- enthusiasm to develop and conduct experimental studies in children, adolescents, adults
- is capable of conducting original research independently as well as working in a team
- is a strong conceptual thinker
- methodological knowledge in experimental research (stimulus presentation & statistics)
- experience with neuro-imaginge data acquisition and analysis is a plus
- has excellent English writing skills; sufficient knowledge of French

Work Environment:
The PhD student will be enrolled in the PhD program of the Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School (, which organizes student training in both theoretical and experimental aspects of neuroscience.The lab is associated with the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Gerontology and Vulnerability (CIGEV), the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA) and the Psychology Department at the University of Geneva. The research infrastructure comprises behavioral and psychophysiology labs, full access to 3T fMRI scanners and virtual reality platforms located in the Brain and Behaviour Laboratory at the Geneva Medical Center ( and in Campus Biotech (

Additional Information
For more information about the position or project please contact

How to apply:
To apply, please send an Email with (1) a cover letter outlining your motivation to conduct research in the context of this project, (2) a CV (3) your Master’s thesis, (4) contact information of two referees who can be contacted (including e-mail, phone number and relationship to you) to
Review of applications will begin on July 5th and will continue until the position has been filled. The contract can start at the earliest convenience of the chosen candidate, subject to obtaining a valid work permit.


PhD position in Adult neurogenesis - Regulation of adult neural stem cell activity by astrocytes (04/2021)

Starting date: August 2021, can be modified
Duration: 4-5 years
Institute: Center for Psychiatric Neurosciences, Department of Psychiatry, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland

Our research interest is the regulation of adult hippocampal neurogenesis by cellular biochemical and environmental factors. To this aim, we use various approaches, including electron microscopy and confocal microscopy, cell culture, mass spectrometry, inducible transgenic mice, viral-mediated gene transfer and behavior. We are a group of highly motivated scientists who value synergistic collaborations and science integrity. More info can be found here:

The project:
The aim of the project is to explore the regulation mechanism of adult neural stem cells by hippocampal astrocytes and to identify molecules released by astrocytes with a proneurogenic effect, as potential candidates for the treatment of age-related cognitive decline or depression. The project will involve biochemical, behavioral and cell culture approaches, in combination with chemogenetics approaches. This project is a follow up of Sultan et al Neuron 2015 (PMID 26606999). More info can also be found in the following review: Cassé et al. Frontiers 2018 (PMID 30538622).

The candidate is a team player, has strong skills in verbal and written communication (English required, French is an asset), works independently, but is eager to collaborate with other members of the team to participate to different projects and learn new techniques. We will only consider applications from scientists (Master degree) with strong expertise in neuroscience. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with histology (immunostaining, confocal microscopy) or behavioral tests. The student will be integrated into the Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School ( in view of obtaining a PhD degree.

Please submit a CV, cover letter, and at least one reference to Nicolas Toni at the following email address:
Prof. Nicolas Toni, PhD
Center for Psychiatric Neurosciences, Department of Psychiatry
Lausanne University Hospital
Lausanne, Switzerland


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