Postdoctoral researcher in in-silico neuroscience - structure-function relation (W/M)

WorkplaceLausanne, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland


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Postdoctoral researcher in in-silico neuroscience - structure-function relation (W/M)

The EPFL Blue Brain Project (BBP), situated on the Campus Biotech in Geneva, Switzerland, applies advanced neuroinformatics, data analytics, high-performance computing and simulation-based approaches to the challenge of understanding the structure and function of the mammalian brain in health and disease. The BBP provides the community with regular releases of data, models and tools to accelerate neuroscience discovery and clinical translation through open science and global collaboration.

For our Connectomics team, we are currently seeking a: Postdoctoral Researcher in Simulation Neuroscience (W/M).

Main duties and responsibilities include :
  • Research and development of computational, analytical and simulation-based approaches, leveraging BBP in-silico models of brain regions, to investigate the representation of stimuli in neural circuits and how it depends on and is implemented by synaptic connections (i.e. the micro-connectome).
  • Use the BBP pipelines for simulations of voltage sensitive dye (VSD) imaging or local field potentials (LFP) to compare results from the first point to in-vitro and in-vivo data from the literature and predict how these aggregate signals depend on single neuron activity.
  • Validation and improvement of the BBP models of brain regions to improve their ability to address the questions above.
  • Carry out programming, simulations and analyses by themselves in these areas of the project
  • Collaborate and interact with other groups studying these questions, such as the Laboratory for topology and neuroscience at EPFL.
  • Representation of BBP and presentation of the scientific results in these research areas at conferences and research institutes.
  • Participation in the writing of articles and of other documents related to the research activities
  • Collaboration to the general research activities and logistic activities (safety, equipment maintenance, etc.) of the unit

Your profile :
  • PhD in Neuroscience or related field
  • Publication record in the field, ideally related to Cortical Circuits, Connectivity & Activity
  • Strong expertise in programming, especially Python
  • Ideally experience with supercomputing systems
  • Strong background in data analysis and statistics

We offer :
  • A world-recognized leader in simulation-based research in neuroscience
  • A dynamic, multidisciplinary, international and collaborative working environment committed to benefitting the global community
  • A modern working environment, based at the Biotech Campus in Geneva Sécheron

Start date :
As soon as possible

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Duration :
1 year, renewable

Remark :
Only candidates who applied through EPFL website or our partner Jobup’s website will be considered.


In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 47983.

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