Post-doctoral Researcher Computational modelling of thalamo-cortical circuits (W/M)

  • EPFL
  • Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
  • 05/04/2021
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Job Description

The Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the most dynamic university campuses in Europe and ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. The EPFL employs 6,000 people supporting the three main missions of the institutions: education, research and innovation. The EPFL campus offers an exceptional working environment at the heart of a community of 16,000 people, including over 10,000 students and 3,500 researchers from 120 different countries.

Post-doctoral Researcher Computational modelling of thalamo-cortical circuits (W/M)

Your mission :
The aim of the EPFL Blue Brain Project, a Swiss brain research initiative founded and directed by Professor Henry Markram, is to establish simulation neuroscience as a complementary approach alongside experimental, theoretical and clinical neuroscience to understanding the brain, by building the world’s first biologically detailed digital reconstructions and simulations of the mouse brain.


Within the Simulation Neuroscience division we are looking for a Post-doctoral Researcher in Computational modelling of thalamo-cortical circuits (W/M).Main duties and responsibilities include :
The goal of this project is to leverage the Blue Brain software and existing thalamic models to build and validate biologically-accurate models of thalamo-cortical circuitry. Modelling these circuits is a crucial step to investigate brain functions, such us sensory transmission, sleep rhythms, wakefulness, alertness.The successful candidate would be responsible for gathering data about thalamo-cortical circuits from the literature, open-access datasets and in vitro studies in collaboration with the experimental lab. Interactions with biology and experimental experts would be fundamental to validate and confirm model predictions.In addition, the candidate would provide guidance and scientific expertise to the technical teams and contribute to the on-going refinement of workflows and tools to build data-driven unifying brain tissue models. Furthermore, the candidate will work in collaboration with engineering teams on visualization, high performance computing, data integration and with project managers to define objectives and timelines to achieve overarching objectives and meet aggressive deadlines.Your profile :

  • PhD in neuroscience, computational neuroscience, physics or related field
  • Experience in the field of thalamus research
  • Experience in scientific computing software (python, scipy, numpy, Linux)
  • Interest in participating in a collaborative big science project
  • Strong team player and fluent English in speech and writing

Are nice to have:

  • Experience in neuroscience data analysis and statistics
  • Experience in version control software, shell scripting and using high-performance computing resources
  • Experience in existing neuroscience tools for neuronal modelling
  • Experience in team leadership

We offer :

  • An internationally visible project in simulation-based research in neuroscience
  • A dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and international working environment in a modern working environment (Campus Biotech, Geneva)
  • Possibility to participate in outreach events in Switzerland and abroad
  • Very competitive salary

Start date :
As soon as possible

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Duration :
1 year, renewable

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