PhD position in Neuroscience, University of Lausanne

  • Secteur d'activité: Enseignement / Formation
  • Type d'contrat: Temporaire
  • Taux d'occupation: Plein-temps (100%)
  • Catégorie d'emploi: Formation / Pédagogie / Social
  • Sub-catégorie d'emploi: Psychologie
  • Date de publication: 04-07-2018
  • Délai de candidature: 31-07-2018
  • Lieu de travail: Vaud


The University of Lausanne is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where approximately 15,000 students and nearly 5,000 collaborators, professors, and researchers work and study. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne's city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities.



Applications are invited for a funded PhD position, at the Department of Physiology of University of Lausanne, to work on a multidisciplinary project aiming to investigate the role of cortical and subcortical brain structures in vigilance state regulation.


Job information

Expected start date in position : Start between September 2018 and November 2018 (flexible)

Contract length : 1 year, renewable 2 x 2 years, maximum 5 years

Workplace : Lausanne, quartier UNIL-Bugnon


Your responsibilities

The successful candidate will combine state-of-the-art tools for in vivo electrophysiology (multisite LFP/unit recordings, fiber photometry), optogenetics, and neuroanatomy approaches to investigate the interplay between cortical and subcortical structures during sleep and behavioral tasks in mice. The successful candidate has opportunities to learn various techniques stablished in the lab.

At least 60% of the working time will be dedicated to personal research.


Your qualifications

MSc in life science (with focus on neuroscience);

In vivo extracellular electrophysiology;

Fluency in English (oral and written); 

Aptitude for scientific research and highly motivated;

Desired qualifications

Previous experience in sleep research;

Experience in histology and confocal microscopy;

Experience in optogenetics;

Programming and statistical experience.


What the position offers you

We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diversified and dynamic academic environment, opportunities for professional training.

Possibilities of continuous training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.


Contact for further information

Prof. Mehdi Tafti

University of Lausanne

Department of Physiology

Rue du Bugnon 7



CH1005 Lausanne

Tél.: +4121 692 3971

Fax: +4121 692 5505


Your application

Applicants should submit a motivation letter, CV, last diploma and letters from references

Only applications through this website will be taken into account: 

We thank you for your understanding.


Additional information

UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.

  • Nom du contact: Mehdi Tafti
  • Téléphone du contact: (+41) 216925500
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