[visionlist] Project in neurotechnology/vision in mice in the Roelfsema lab - Amsterdam

Pieter Roelfsema p.roelfsema at nin.knaw.nl
Mon May 21 02:49:29 -05 2018

A postdoc or PhD-student position is available in the Vision & Cognition group at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience in Amsterdam. The aim is to understand visual perception and plasticity elicited by electrical stimulation of the visual cortex in mice, with the ultimate aim to create a visual cortical prosthesis to restore a rudimentary form of vision for the blind.

Project description: Visual perception elicited by electrical stimulation of mouse visual cortex
Electrical stimulation of the visual cortex elicits a “phosphene”, an artificial percept of light. By stimulating multiple electrodes at the same time, it might prove possible evoke pattern vision. The aims of this project are to (1) develop new methods for electrical stimulation in mice; (2) to study the patterns of activated neurons using two-photon imaging and (3) to test visual perception of electrical percepts and its plasticity in mice.

We will consider highly motivated, self-driven candidates with a degree in neuroscience, (neuro)psychology, biomedical sciences, natural sciences, material science, mathematics, physics, etc. A high level of written and spoken English and good programming skills are required. The ideal candidate will have experience with neurophysiological techniques, the analysis of neuronal activity in alert animals, and a background in neuroscience. Interest in the translation of fundamental research into clinical applications and collaboration with high-tech companies is a plus.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, etc.

The position involves a fulltime temporary appointment for 3 years (postdoc) or 4 years (PhD student). Starting date: Mid-2018.

PhD position: The gross monthly salary coming with a full-time appointment will amount to a minimum of € 2.191 in the first year to € 2.801 in the fourth year (P scale of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Postdoctoral position: This will be commensurate with experience and institutional guidelines based on the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities; CAO NU).
In addition, an 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus will be provided. We offer an extensive package of fringe benefits.

To apply, please send an application letter, CV, and two letters of recommendation to:
Tini Eikelboom
The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
Meibergdreef 47, 1105 BA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Telephone: +31-20-5664587
E-mail: t.eikelboom at nin.knaw.nl<mailto:t.eikelboom at nin.knaw.nl>

Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. We aim to fill the position mid-July 2018.

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