Job ID: 99652

PhD position in mesoSPIM+MRI imaging of the human thalamus

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 31 January 2023

Employment Start Date: 1 March 2023

Contract Length: 3 years

City: Zürich

Country: Switzerland

Institution: University of Zürich



Your responsibilities:

  • You will work in the research project “A 3D mesoscale atlas of intrathalamic inhibitory interneurons in the human brain”, led by Prof. Andras Jakab (University Children’s Hospital, University of Zürich), Prof. Theofanis Karayannis, Prof. Fritjof Helmchen and Dr. Nikita Vladimirov (Brain Research Institute, University of Zurich), funded by the University Research Priority Programs Project “Adaptive Brain Circuits in Development and Learning (AdaBD)”
  • You will work brain tissue samples and prepare them for imaging with 3D light-sheet microscopy – mesoSPIM
  • Microscopic image analysis
  • Ultra-high-field magnetic resonance imaging of the tissue samples

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree (or degree close to be finished) in neuroscience, biology or molecular biology
  • Experience with molecular methods, such as immunohistochemistry
  • Experience with tissue-clearing (CLARITY, iDISCO) techniques and light-sheet microscopy
  • Basic knowledge in neuroscience
  • High motivation to learn new microscopic techniques, and to be involved in translational neuroscience research
  • Excellent team-working abilities and excellent written and spoken English

What we offer:

  • A fully funded PhD position with possibility for extension to 4 years
  • Internationally competitive salary according to the Swiss National Science Foundation’s salary range
  • A PhD committee consisting of internationally renowned neuroscientists
  • Access to cutting-edge infrastructure, such as the mesoSPIM microscope or 9.4T MRI
  • High quality of life in the city of Zürich

Application procedure:

Please apply via the University Children’s Hospital Zürich’s website. The application website is in German. Please click on ‘Jetzt bewerben’ to apply. For further questions please contact the PI Andras Jakab.