Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI)

Postdoctoral position in single cell molecular analysis of neuronal circuits- FMI Group Lüthi

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI)

Basel, Switzerland

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Andreas Lüthi at the FMI (Basel, Switzerland) to explore the cellular and molecular organisation of neuronal circuits underlying associative learning in the amygdala.

The successful candidate will lead a project using cutting-edge single cell transcriptomic methods in combination with in vivo functional read-outs to investigate amygdala circuitry.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a strong background in molecular/cellular neuroscience or related fields. Expertise in modern molecular biology techniques such as single cell RNA sequencing, in situ sequencing or quantitative in situ hybridization, and related bioinformatic skills are highly desirable. Previous experience in calcium imaging or electrophysiology in neural circuits, mouse behavioural training and stereotaxic surgery will be considered an advantage, but not a must. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds who are eager to learn these techniques. We expect excellent communication and organization skills, and the ability to work independently in a collaborative team. A competitive salary and access to state-of-the-art research facilities will be provided.

Our laboratory is located at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland and applies a multidisciplinary and integrated experimental approach in mice, combining in vivo electrophysiology (Herry et al., Nature 2008, Wolff et al., Nature 2014), 2P imaging (Letzkus et al., Nature 2011), miniscope imaging (Grewe et al., Nature 2017, Gründemann et al., Science 2019), molecular biology, genetics, and behavioural techniques to identify the synaptic and cellular constituents (Krabbe et al., Nat Neurosci 2019) of neural circuits in the amygdala underlying the acquisition, encoding and extinction of conditioned fear.

The FMI – affiliated with the University of Basel and the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research – is a world-class biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding the molecular mechanisms of health and disease. With a staff of about 350, the FMI offers an exceptional training environment for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows from around the world. It is based in the vibrant city of Basel, Switzerland, which offers an exceptional scientific and cultural environment.

Interested applicants should send a CV, the names/contact details of two references, and a cover letter detailing research experience, expertise, and reasons for interest in the position. Please submit all documents electronically to Andreas Lüthi (

Please apply via recruiter’s website.