[visionlist] Vacancy for studying feedback connections in the visual cortex

Pieter Roelfsema p.roelfsema at nin.knaw.nl
Wed Jun 9 15:49:49 -04 2021

We have an exciting opportunity for a PhD-student or postdoc to investigate the logic of feedback connections in mouse visual cortex and their role in perceptual organization.

Project description

The project addresses the logic of feedback connections in mouse visual cortex and their role in perceptual organization. Feedback connections from higher visual areas back to the primary visual cortex are thought to play an important role in constructing a perceptual model of the visual scene, however we still have a poor understanding of the logic of the connectivity between cells in higher and lower areas. In this project, we will use high-density electrophysiological recordings (Neuropixels), 2-photon microscopy and optogenetics to examine the interactions between cells in higher areas and V1.

We expect from you:

You are a highly motivated, self-driven candidate. You have an MSc degree (or equivalent) in neuroscience or a related discipline; or an MSc degree in a quantitative discipline (e.g. physics/biophysics, mathematics, engineering) with strong interest and experience in neuroscience. Post-doctoral candidates should have, or should soon expect to obtain, a PhD in a relevant field and should have experience in collecting and analyzing neurophysiological data from awake, behaving animals. A high level of written and spoken English and good programming skills are essential.

You should expect from us:

• Mentoring, supervision and training

• Access to state-of-the art infrastructure

• A stimulating international research environment


The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (www.nin.nl) is the country’s leading fundamental neuroscience research institute, in the international and progressive city of Amsterdam. It provides a critical mass of scientists (spanning more than 27 nationalities) and neuroscience facilities, in a highly interactive, dynamic, multi-cultural environment, with English as the working language.


We offer an exciting job at a dynamic research institute and an attractive package of fringe benefits. The position is for a period of 4 years in total for a PhD student or 3 years in total for a post-doc. The first appointment is for one year with the option for an extension for the remaining period pending on an evaluation.


The salary will be commensurate with experience and institutional guidelines based on the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities: CAO NU. Full-time monthly salary for a PhD student is € 2.395,- in the 1st year to € 3.061,-  in the 4th year before taxes. The starting salary for a postdoctoral researcher depends on experience and ranges from € 3.217,- to  € 4.402.- before taxes.

In addition, an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus are provided. We offer travel expenses, paid parental leave, flexible working hours, 30 days paid leave per year and assistance in finding an accommodation.

Starting date

The position is available from Summer 2021, but the starting date can be later.

To apply

Please send your application to s.wolff at nin.knaw.nl including:

1. A Curriculum Vitae

2. An application letter

3. Two reference letters

Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. We aim to fill the position in the summer of 2021. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, etc.

Any acquisition further to this advertisement will not be appreciated.

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