[visionlist] PhD / Postdoc Neuronal circuits of vision and navigation

Vincent Bonin vincentbonin at gmail.com
Tue Oct 23 08:41:22 -05 2018

*Neuronal circuits of vision and navigation*


PhD and Postdoc positions in the Vision-to-Action Laboratory (Vincent 
Bonin, PI) at Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders in Leuven, Belgium, 
(NERF, _www.nerf.be <http://www.nerf.be>_).

The selected candidates will apply cellular imaging and/or Neuropixels 
recordings in behaving rodents to map the flow of information underlying 
perceptual decisions and/or navigation behavior. This is collaborative 
work with the laboratories of Karl Farrow (NERF, vision), Fabian 
Kloosterman (NERF, navigation) and Daniel Butts (U Maryland, 
computational neuroscience).

*About the lab:*

Our research is centered on the visual cortex and primary visual 
pathway, their processing and contributions to behavior. We have made 
significant contributions to the fields of sensory processing and 
neuromodulation [1-3], navigation [4, 5], and neurotechnology [6, 7]. 
Ongoing projects include cortex functional architecture, multisensory 
integration, cortical plasticity, neuron-glia interactions, and brain 


Master’s or PhD in neuroscience, biology or related field and experience 
in electrophysiology, cellular imaging, or quantitative animal behavior. 
We seek a highly motivated individual with strong quantitative and 
technical skills and a collaborative spirit. Computational scientists 
with interest in experimental neuroscience are encouraged to apply.

*We offer: *

  * Opportunityto do cutting edge science in a supportive and
    collaborative team.
  * State-of-the-art tools and facilities: The laboratory is equipped
    with multiple multiphoton microscopes, cameras for widefield
    imaging, setups for high-density electrode recordings (Neuropixels).
  * Proximity to exciting research places at the heart of Europe. NERF
    is within walking distance of KU Leuven on the campus of imec,
    world-leader in nanoelectronics research. Leuven is a short train
    ride away from Brussels at the heart of Europe and has a vibrant
    research community. Reuters has ranked KU Leuven in the top 5 of the
    world’s most innovative universities.
  * Fully-funded, research only positions with benefits.

*How to apply? *

The application package should include a CV, the names of 2-3 referees, 
and a statement specifying career goals, research interests, and how 
these relate to the interests of the lab.

Pre-doctoral fellows should include a copy of their undergraduate and 
graduate university transcripts. Candidates from other fields should 
provide a clear statement on objectives and how these fit within the 
NERF research activities as research statement. For more information 
about the NERF PhD Program: https://www.nerf.be/2019-nerf-phd-program

Please submit your application to one of the link below:

Pre-doctoral: https://goo.gl/forms/DHTyjB56tZaprPI12

Postdoctoral: https://goo.gl/forms/2Daz1foJOkfhb6IG3

Deadline: Dec 1^st , 2018. Applications are reviewed continuously.


1.Socha, K., et al., /Behavioral response to visual motion impacts 
population coding in the mouse visual thalamus./ bioRxiv, 2018.

2.Han, X., B. Vermaercke, and V. Bonin, /Segregated encoding of 
spatiotemporal features in the mouse visual cortex./ bioRxiv, 2018.

3.Slezak, M., et al., /Astrocytes integrate local sensory and brain-wide 
neuromodulatory signals./ bioRxiv, 2018.

4.Mao, D., et al., /Sparse orthogonal population representation of 
spatial context in the retrosplenial cortex./ Nat Commun, 2017. *8*(1): 
p. 243.

5.Mao, D., et al., /Hippocampus-dependent emergence of spatial sequence 
coding in retrosplenial cortex./ Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 2018. 
*115*(31): p. 8015-8018.

6.Mols, K., et al., /In vivo characterization of the 
electrophysiological and astrocytic responses to a silicon neuroprobe 
implanted in the mouse neocortex./ Sci Rep, 2017. *7*(1): p. 15642.

7.Jun, J.J., et al., /Fully integrated silicon probes for high-density 
recording of neural activity./ Nature, 2017. *551*(7679): p. 232-236.

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