Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe
Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe

Positions for PhD Students and Postdocs: Structure, function and theory of olfactory memory circuits


Open positions for PhD students and postdocs are available in the Friedrich lab at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) in Basel, Switzerland. We explore neuronal circuit plasticity underlying memory formation in recurrent networks of the olfactory bulb and cortex using juvenile and adult zebrafish as models. Positions are available for projects funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and by the European Research Council (ERC). Projects cover multiple areas of neuroscience including population coding, connectomics, learning and memory, optogenetics and computational neuroscience.

The Friedrich group provides a stimulating environment within the FMI, a world-class basic research institute with excellent internal support. The group is highly interdisciplinary and encourages open communication and collaboration. We encourage applications of candidates with different backgrounds including neurophysiology, molecular neurobiology, physics, mathematics and computer science.

The FMI is affiliated with the University of Basel and the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. The Institute focuses on fundamental questions in multiple areas of life sciences including quantitative biology, epigenetics and neuroscience. Basel is a vibrant city in the center of Europe with a rich cultural life.

Applications for postdoctoral positions should be submitted electronically at

Candidates for PhD studentships should apply through our International PhD Program ( Please note that there are two application deadlines per year (usually May 1, Dec 1).

Applications should include a motivation letter, a CV, and names and email addresses of at least two referees.

For further information, please contact Rainer Friedrich (

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