Post-doctoral researcher Visual brain prosthesis

Post-doctoral researcher Visual brain prosthesis

Published Deadline Location
15 Nov 23 Dec Amsterdam
The Vision & Cognition group (Roelfsema lab) has an exciting opportunity for a

Post-doctoral researcher Visual brain prosthesis

Job description

A postdoc position is available in the Vision & Cognition group at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience in Amsterdam. The aim is to understand visual perception and plasticity elicited by electrical stimulation of the visual cortex in mice, with the ultimate aim to create a visual cortical prosthesis to restore a rudimentary form of vision for the blind.


Project description and methods
Electrical stimulation of the visual cortex elicits a "phosphene", an artificial percept of light. By stimulating multiple electrodes at the same time, it is possible to evoke pattern vision. The aims of this project are to (1) develop new methods for electrical stimulation; (2) to study the patterns of activated neurons using two-photon imaging and (3) to test visual perception of electrical percepts and its plasticity in mice.

Specifications

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

Requirements

We will consider highly motivated, self-driven candidates with a degree in neuroscience, (neuro)psychology, biomedical sciences, natural sciences, material science, mathematics, physics, etc. A high level of written and spoken English and good programming skills are required. The ideal candidate will have experience in the visual system with neurophysiological techniques (electrophysiology and/or two-photon imaging), the analysis of neuronal activity in alert animals, and a background in neuroscience. Interest in the translation of fundamental research into clinical applications and collaboration with high-tech companies is a plus.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 3 years.

Appointment
The position is for a period of three years. . The first appointment is for one year with the option for an extension for the remaining period pending on an evaluation.

Pending on evaluation this may be extended.

Salary

Depending on education and relevant work experience, the gross monthly salary based on fulltime employment (1 fte, 38 hours a week) varies between €2.846, - and € 4.490,- gross per month (salary scale 10), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU/KNAW), excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. We offer travel expenses, paid parental leave, flexible working hours, 30 days paid leave per year and help by finding a house.

Starting date

Jan-March 2023

Employer

Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (KNAW)

The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of
Arts and Sciences (KNAW) carrying out fundamental and strategic research in the neurosciences

Department

Vision and Cognition group

A postdoc position is available in the Vision & Cognition group at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience in Amsterdam. The aim is to understand visual perception and plasticity elicited by electrical stimulation of the visual cortex in mice, with the ultimate aim to create a visual cortical prosthesis to restore a rudimentary form of vision for the blind.

Additional information

Information

For additional information, please contact Prof. dr. P. Roelfsema. P.roelfsema@nin.knaw.nl

More information about the laboratory can be found on www.herseninstituut.nl

Specifications

  • Postdoc
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1249

Employer

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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Meibergdreef 47, 1105BA, Amsterdam

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To apply, please send an application letter and a CV including two letters of recommendation through this system.

Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.

Application procedure

Application procedure

To apply, please send an application letter and a CV including two letters of recommendation through this system.

Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.

Make sure to apply no later than 23 Dec 2022 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).