Postdoc Neurotechnology: Engineering brain activity patterns using BMI

Postdoc Neurotechnology: Engineering brain activity patterns using BMI

ETH Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

Description: The Neurotechnology group (Prof. Mehmet Fatih Yanik) at the Institute of Neuroinformatics is hiring an outstanding Postdoc for the recently awarded ERC Consolidator project “Engineering brain activity patterns”. Despite significant progress in our understanding and manipulation of the neuronal circuits involved in brain disorders, our ability to assess and treat them remains very limited. The goal of this project is to identify abnormal brain activity patterns in animal models using minimally invasive brain machine/computer interfaces and to manipulate brain activity patterns using non-invasive circuit-specific neuromodulator-delivery technologies.

Requirements: Applicants should have a BSc in engineering, physics, or computer science from a high-ranking university and a PhD in Experimental Neuroscience with focus on neuronal circuits. The candidates should have strong quantitative and analytical skills, knowledge of a programming language (such as Python, C/C#), electrophysiology expertise, experience in animal behavior, ability to learn and employ new methods and technologies from different disciplines, and publications in high-profile journals. Previous experimental experience with primates is a big plus.

Contact & Salary Applicants should send, in one merged PDF, a short cover letter with a statement of research interest, CV, major publications (in PDF), relevant certificates (degrees and grades) if available, and the name and contact of 3 references to ntjobs@ini.uzh.ch. A generous postdoc salary of about $90’000/year will be paid.

Information about the group and institute: The Neurotechnology group is developing advanced technologies to image, to communicate with, and to manipulate brain circuits and cognitive behavior. For this purpose, we employ technologies ranging from optics/ optoelectronics, electrophysiology, fMRI, brain machine interfaces, and non-invasive nanoparticle/ neuromodulator delivery methods (http://www.neurotechnology.ethz.ch/). Our group’s integrated facilities on a single floor include machine shops, 7T MRI, 2ph and multi-focal confocal microscopes, state of the art prototyping systems, tissue/culture and electronic design/ microfabrication facilities, animal husbandries, dedicated behavioral testing apparatuses/rooms, chemical synthesis/analysis facilities. The mission of the Institute of Neuroinformatics (University & ETH Zurich) is to discover the key principles by which brains work and to implement these in artificial systems that interact intelligently with the real world (https://www.ini.uzh.ch/en.html).

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