Job ID: 103735

PhD position in Experimental/Computational Neuroscience

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 31 March 2023

Employment Start Date: 1 April 2023

Contract Length: 2 years (renewable)

City: Heraklion, Crete

Country: Greece

Institution: Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH)

Department: Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB)


The successful applicant will work on a multidisciplinary collaborative project aiming to determine the importance of cortical engram cells in memory formation and storage and probe the role of cortical memory engrams in the generation and retrieval of a sensory-based memory. The project as a whole combines computational modeling, electrophysiology, calcium imaging techniques, and molecular and behavioral experiments. First, the biophysical properties of engrams will be identified in a cortical area of interest, and their functional role will be unraveled in vivo. Then, computational modeling will be used to determine the role of engram cells during memory recall. This project is a collaboration between the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia (Prof. L. Palmer), and the University of Dublin, Ireland (Prof. T. Ryan).

The successful applicant will work on 1) behavioral and 2-photon imaging experiments in behaving mice and/or 2) help extend a computational circuit model (Kastellakis et al., Cell Reports, 2016) to dissect the role of subcellular mechanisms in cortical engram formation. The model will simulate the recorded cortical engrams in specific areas (auditory / prefrontal cortex).

The ideal candidate should have a Bachelor/MSc degree in neuroscience or a related field. We welcome applications from candidates with diverse educational backgrounds, including biology, computational biology, physics, applied mathematics and engineering, that have at least some training in neuroscience. Applicants must be highly motivated and creative individuals who want to work in a dynamic, multidisciplinary research environment. They should be willing to interact with both experimental and theoretical neuroscientists. Previous experience including experiments with rodents and/or solid programming background (Python, NEURON, Linux) is desirable.

  • Position type: Full Time, Fixed Term, available from 1st April 2023 for 2 years (renewable)
  • Salary:  18k€ per annum (including benefits)

Successful selection is subject to acceptance for a PhD by the University of Crete.  PhD applications are considered on a monthly basis.