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We are looking for talented and motivated graduate students and postdocs with a strong interest in systems neuroscience to join our lab. Ideal candidates are self-motivated, work well in a team, ans have strong quantitative skills. A background in biological, physical or behavioral sciences, or in bio-engineering is required. If you are interested, please take a look at the vacancies below, or contact us directly.

For students interested in a short-term internship, small research projects are available in behavioral neuroscience, in vivo neurophysiology, neural data analysis and novel technology development. Students with backgrounds in biological sciences, physics, computer science or bio-engineering are all welcome.

Currently we have vacancies for both a PhD student and a Postdoc. Please check out the job descriptions below.

Vacancies: PhD position — Postdoc position


PhD Position in Systems Neuroscience (Learning and Memory)

A PhD position is available starting October 2011 in the group of Dr. Fabian Kloosterman (kloostermanlab.org) at the newly established Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders (NERF; http://www.nerf.be) in Leuven, Belgium.

The Kloosterman Lab studies how neural circuits and systems in the brain represent, store and process information. We focus on the mechanisms underlying the expression of episodic and spatial memories in the medial temporal lobe and their role in guiding behavior. For this, we employ large-scale electrophysiological recordings in behaving rats and mice, perform selective pharmacological and (opto)genetic manipulations, and develop novel recording technologies and analysis methods.

The successful applicant has the opportunity to learn a variety of skills, including rodent neurosurgery, neurophysiology in freely behaving animals and advanced data analysis. The candidate has the opportunity to enroll in the international graduate program at K.U. Leuven.

NERF is an interdisciplinary research center founded by K.U. Leuven, VIB and Imec with the goal to unravel the anatomical and functional fundamentals of neuronal circuits. The center is located at the Imec campus with access to state-of-the art facilities and clean-room infrastructure. NERF offers an international and collaborative environment and an excellent scientific atmosphere.

Candidates are expected to have completed a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in an area relevant to our research goals (e.g. biological, physical or behavioral sciences). Applicants with backgrounds in engineering, physics or mathematics and who have strong interests in pursuing research in systems neuroscience are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate is self-motivated and independent, has strong quantitative skills and can work in a team. Prior experience in electrophysiology, animal behavior or signal processing is useful, but not required as long as the candidate is willing to learn these necessary skills.

Interested applicants should send 1) a statement of skills and research interests, 2) a curriculum vitae and 3) the names and contacts information of 2-3 references to:

Fabian Kloosterman, PhD
Imec – NERF
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Belgium
Email: Fabian.Kloosterman@vib.be
Web: kloostermanlab.org
 

Postdoc Position in Systems Neuroscience (Learning and Memory)

A postdoctoral position is available starting October 2011 in the group of Dr. Fabian Kloosterman (kloostermanlab.org) at the newly established Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders (NERF; http://www.nerf.be) in Leuven, Belgium.

The Kloosterman Lab studies how neural circuits and systems in the brain represent, store and process information. We focus on the mechanisms underlying the expression of episodic and spatial memories in the medial temporal lobe and their role in guiding behavior. For this, we employ large-scale electrophysiological recordings in behaving rats and mice, perform selective pharmacological and (opto)genetic manipulations, and develop novel recording technologies and analysis methods.

NERF is an interdisciplinary research center founded by K.U. Leuven, VIB and Imec with the goal to unravel the anatomical and functional fundamentals of neuronal circuits. The center is located at the Imec campus with access to state-of-the art facilities and clean-room infrastructure. NERF offers an international and collaborative environment and an excellent scientific atmosphere.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD degree in life sciences, with a neuroscience focus. The candidate has excellent communication skills, a good knowledge of English and can work in a team. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, independent and has strong quantitative and experimental skills. Candidates with significant research experience in systems neuroscience or in vivo neurophysiology are strongly encouraged to apply. Prior experience in electrophysiology, animal behavior or signal processing is an advantage.

Interested applicants should send 1) a statement of skills and research interests, 2) a curriculum vitae and 3) the names and contacts information of 2-3 references to:

Fabian Kloosterman, PhD
Imec – NERF
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Belgium
Email: Fabian.Kloosterman@vib.be
Web: kloostermanlab.org