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Postdoctoral position in Neuroscience: retinal circuit function, Finland


A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the laboratory of Prof. Petri Ala-Laurila in the Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering (NBE) at Aalto University School of Science, Espoo, Finland. The project studies the mechanistic origin and the functional implications of signal and noise correlations in the neural circuits of the retina.

Our approach relies on electrophysiological recording techniques, cellular-level imaging, behavioral experiments, mathematical modeling, and a battery of tools allowing precise manipulations of retinal signal processing steps. For details on research methodology and examples of our research interests, see Nature Neuroscience 14, 1309-1316, 2011; Science 332, 1307-1312, 2011; Current Biology 24, 2888-98, 2014 , our website, and a video of our laboratory (related to the Academy of Finland 2014 national Award for scientific courage).

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD with strong experience in electrophysiology and good knowledge of biophysics and/or neuroscience. Experience in multiphoton imaging is a plus. The candidates should have a solid publication record as well as good analytical and communication skills.  We will offer a fixed term contract for 2-3 years. The salary will be paid according to the Aalto University salary system (starting salary:  3600€ per month).

The successful candidate will have access to the state-of-the-art lab equipment and the excellent research environment at both Aalto University and the University of Helsinki. Our department at Aalto University brings together cognitive and systems neuroscience, biophysics, and biomedical engineering. Our lab at Aalto University has a unique and highly-automated multielectrode patching system for studying retinal circuit function. The lab has great facilities at the University of Helsinki as well, and it is an integral part of the dynamic neuroscience community of that University. The University of Helsinki ranks among the top 70 universities in the world. Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is regularly ranked among the world’s top cities for quality of living.

Please apply via electronic Saima recruitment system. Please, include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications and a list of references. The applicant can ask these persons to send letters of recommendation for the applicant directly to HR Coordinator Mari Kaarni ( specifying in the subject line “Post-doc in retinal circuit function” and the name of the applicant. The position will be filled as soon as the most suitable candidate is found.

For more information from Prof. Petri Ala-Laurila, or HR Coordinator Mari Kaarni, +358 50 316 0961,

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Application Deadline : 31 January 2016

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