Jobs at the Department of Mathematics
PhD student position in Systems Biology: Modeling of neural circuit sensorimotor transformations in Drosophila larvae
University of Fribourg and University of Bern, Switzerland.
We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate with interest in a interdisciplinary Systems Biological research project bridging mathematical modeling and neurobiology between the research groups of Prof. Simon Sprecher (Department of Biology, University of Fribourg), Prof. Christian Mazza (Department of Mathematics, University of Fribourg) and Prof. Walter Senn (Department of Physiology, University of Bern). The project is aimed to develop mathematical models based on neurogenetic behavioral studies on the visual circuit of the fruit fly larva. We will thereby bridge experimental biology and stochastic model development.
Recent advances in the Sprecher lab lead to the identification of neural circuit functioning in visually guided behaviors in the fruit fly larva combining light microscopy, serial EM reconstruction and high-resolution behavioral analysis. The goal of ongoing projects is to employ the existing knowledge, design and execute directed experiments to further develop and confirm a theoretical framework of how the nervous system controls navigational decision-making.
Please send your CV and letter of motivation via email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference letters from 2-3 referees should be sent to the same address. Further information can be obtained from Dr. Simon Sprecher.