jeudi 2 février 2017

PHD proposal

A temporary 3 year, 100 % PhD position - Imaging the behavioral and neural effects of stress

Imaging the behavioral and neural effects of stress.
Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

A temporary 3 year, 100 % (full-time) PhD position is open for an outstanding candidate to investigate the function of neural circuits in health and disease. The candidate is expected to start in June 2017. Applicants completing their master in Spring 2017 are invited to apply.

Institute and lab:
The research project will take place at the world-renowned Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, in Trondheim, Norway. The Kavli Institute is directed by Prof. May-Britt Moser and Prof. Edvard Moser, Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine in 2014. The institute offers a multidisciplinary environment in which creativity and scientific discussion are valued and stimulated. See for further information.

The position is available in the Yaksi group, which is an international team of enthusiastic biologists, physicists and engineers. Our main scientific goal is to understand the fundamental principles underlying the development and function of neural circuits in health and disease. We use the zebrafish as a genetically tractable vertebrate model organism. We monitor, dissect, and perturb the neural circuits in vivo, through a unique combination of behavioral assays, calcium imaging, electrophysiology, and optogenetics. See for further information.

Project description:
We are searching for a highly motivated PhD student whose main goal will be to  investigate  the  behavioral  and  neural  changes  induced  by  chronic  stress  in  zebrafish.  The project will involve state of-the-art, technically demanding experimental work including behavioral assays, neuroanatomical tracing, in vivo 2-photon and confocal imaging as well as optogenetic perturbation of genetically tagged neuronal subsets.  

-          Master’s degree in Neurobiology or scientific areas relevant for Systems Neuroscience, with an average grade of B or higher (A to E grading system; A highest)
-          Proficiency in spoken and written English
-          Excellent communication skills, oral and written
-          Strong motivation for the position, and proven ability to work independently as well as in a scientific team

Emphasis will be placed on:
-          Prior research experience and/or publication. Documented experience with laboratory animals, statistical analysis, behavioral assays, microscopy, or programming skills will be an advantage.

We offer:
  • Challenging and exciting work
  • A good working environment
  • Excellent chances for scientific and personal development in collaboration with skilled co-workers.
  • Good pension, insurance and loan schemes through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

Depending on qualifications and academic background, PhD Candidates (in code 1017) at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences will be remunerated at a minimum of NOK 432 700 per year before tax. Normal wage level is NOK 432 700 - 465 000 of which 2% is deducted for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The appointment will be made in accordance with current regulations and supplementary rules with guidelines for employment as PhD Candidate appointments at universities and university colleges.
How to apply:

Applicants are asked to apply via this page. The application should contain the following attachments:
-          Applicants’ CV (including list of publications, relevant former positions and references) and copy of relevant transcripts and diplomas.
-          Short statement on the applicant’s personal qualifications and motivation for the position.
-           Short statement from a former supervisor/tutor/teacher.
-          Contact information for two references.
-          Other relevant attachments.

Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Science and the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience want to attract outstanding and creative candidates who can contribute to our ongoing research activities.

We believe that diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, disability or cultural background.

Applications are to be submitted electronically via within the deadline of 12.03.2017.

For further information about the position, contact:
Dr. Florence Kermen

For further information about the application process, contact:
HR Consultant Sissel Sollien, mobile 48 05 11 91,