Job ID: 100714

Ph.D. candidate in developmental neuroscience

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 28 February 2023

Employment Start Date: 1 August 2023

Contract Length: 3 years

City: Trondheim

Country: Norway

Institution: NTNU

Department: Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience


The Quattrocolo group at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience has an opening for a Ph.D. Candidate in developmental neuroscience. 

The position is based in the Quattrocolo group, a recently established research group part of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience.

Duties of the position
The main research interest of the lab is the development of cortical circuits, specifically investigating the role of different cell types in the wiring of neuronal networks. The project will focus on synaptic specificity and how synapses change during development. We aim to combine different techniques, such as cell-type specific viral vectors, synaptosome preparation, flow cytometry and omics analysis. The successful candidate will study how cell-type specific synapses change during development.

The position is a full time (100%) position, with a 3-years contract, starting in mid-2023 (flexible starting date).

  • Must hold a Master in Neuroscience or related quantitative science discipline, with a final grade of B or higher at the start of the contract.
    • Please note that the Master degree is not required to submit an application but evidence of progress towards graduation by mid-2023 will have to be documented.
  • A strong interest in developmental neuroscience
  • The candidate should be proficient in spoken and written English

Preferred selection criteria:

  • Experience with techniques used in cellular and molecular neuroscience (e.g. western blot, immunohistochemistry)
  • Basic programming skills (such as MatLab, Python, R)
  • Experience with rodents and certificate from the course in Animal Research in Norway (or equivalent)

 Personal characteristics:

  • The candidate’s motivation for the position
  • Documented ability to work independently and as a team member
  • The candidate competency, flexibility and ambition

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

The application must include:

  • Updated CV
  • A short research statement explaining experience, interest and background relevant to the research topic.
  • A 1-2 pages essay on a topic related to synaptic specificity (for example synaptic diversity, axonal targeting..). A short project proposal can be included as part of the essay but it is not required.
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • Documentation of a completed master’s degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Name and contact information of two referees

For complete information and submitting the application please use the following jobbnorge link