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

Pieter Roelfsema p.roelfsema at nin.knaw.nl
Thu Jun 23 00:47:04 -04 2022

A postdoc position is available in the Vision & Cognition group (headed by Pieter Roelfsema) 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

Electrical stimulation of the visual cortex elicits a “phosphene”, an artificial percept of light. By stimulating multiple electrodes at the same time, it is possible to evoke pattern vision. The aims of this project are to (1) develop new methods for electrical stimulation; (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 (electrophysiology and/or two-photon imaging), 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.


The position is for a period of three years. Pending on evaluation this may be extended.


Depending on education and relevant work experience, the gross monthly salary based on fulltime employment (1 fte, 38 hours a week) varies between €2.846, - and € 4.490,- gross per month (salary scale 10), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU/KNAW), excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. There are excellent fringe benefits.

Starting date

Mid-October 2022


For additional information, please contact Prof. dr. P. Roelfsema. p.roelfsema at nin.knaw.nl

Application and deadline

To apply, please send an application letter, CV, and two letters of recommendation to:

Samantha Wolff

The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience

Meibergdreef 47, 1105 BA Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Telephone: +31-20-5664587

E-mail: s wolff @nin.knaw.nl

Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. We aim to fill the position mid-August 2022.

More information about the laboratory can be found on http://www.herseninstituut.nl

Any acquisition in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with

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