Postdoc Position at the Champalimaud Foundation

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Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Closing date: 25/11/2019

The Position

The Systems Neuroscience Lab is looking for a Postdoctoral fellow to work on a project aiming to study neural circuit mechanisms involved in the timing of self-initiated actions. This work will be part of a joint effort between experimentalists and theoreticians to collect and analyse a rich and unique dataset. Specifically, electrophysiological recordings from large ensembles of neurons in the thalamo-cortical circuits of foraging mice. 

 The position involves: 

 a) Hands on work with mice handling and training in closed loop systems; 

 b) Stereotaxic surgeries, perfusions and microscopy; 

 c) Implementation of recording systems to perform Neuropixels recordings in prefrontal cortex and thalamus simultaneously. 

The candidate will have the opportunity to learn state of the art behavioral methods and cutting-edge recording techniques from highly experienced colleagues. 

The Candidate


  • PhD in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Biology, Experimental Psychology, Engineering or other areas relevant to neurophysiology and animal behavior; 
  • Good capacity and value for teamwork and communication skills; 
  • Ability to work independently and troubleshoot technical issues; 
  • Hands-on technical experience in construction and configuration of electronic hardware, ideally in the context of neurophysiology; 
  • Experience with animal handling and surgery, ideally stereotaxic surgeries;
  • Fluency in English. 


  • Experience with computer programming (e.g. C, Python, MatLab); 
  • Experience with other technique widely used in Neuroscience (e.g. optogenetics, calcium imaging, animal behavior experiments, data analysis or modeling); 
  • Development at the interface between hardware and software (e.g. Arduino, NI-DAQ, etc.). 

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How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until November 25th, 2019 or until a qualified candidate is hired. Candidates must submit a single document (maximum 4 pages; paper or PDF file) that contains a motivation letter and the Curriculum Vitae, both written in English. Email applications must be addressed to [email protected] and include “CPD2019-LOCODECISION” in the subject line. 

Please mention that you saw this job on Scientifica's website when applying.

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