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PhD position in behavioral, cellular and molecular neurogenetics of sensory systems University of Fribourg, Switzerland

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  • Full or part time
    Prof Simon Sprecher
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

About This PhD Project

Project Description

I am looking for a highly motivated PhD student with interest in behavioral, cellular neurogenetics and functional imaging to join our Drosophila research group at the Department of Biology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Our laboratory is interested in fundamental aspects of how sensory information is perceived and processed in the corresponding executing neuronal network controlling behavior. We use the powerful genetic tools available in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to assess the visual and gustatory system in the larval stage.

We have recently identified neurons of the visual circuit by combining light microscopy, serial EM reconstruction and high-resolution behavioral analysis. The goal of ongoing projects is to fully dissect the visual circuit by implementing physiological techniques (electrophysiological recordings and activity recording using genetically encoded calcium sensors) and exploring the corresponding behavioral impact.

- Applicants must hold a Masters degree in a relevant field (e.g. Neurophysiology, Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Systems Neurobiology or Neurogenetics), which is recognized by the University of Fribourg.
- Previous experience with neurophysiology, functional imaging or behavioral biology is a must; previous experience in molecular biology, fruit fly research, bioinformatics, behavioral biology or genetics is appreciated.
- The position is funded at an international highly competitive level, according to the SNF guidelines.


Please send your CV and letter of motivation via email to [email protected] or [email protected] Reference letters from 2-3 referees should be sent to the same address. Further information can be obtained from Dr. Simon Sprecher.

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