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.

  • Applicants must hold a Master degree in a relevant field (e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Systems Neurobiology), which is recognized by the University of Fribourg.
  • The candidate must have a strong interest in neurobiology and data based modeling.
  • We look for a candidate having a strong background in stochastics and statistics, who is interested in working experimentally and theoretically in neurobiology.
  • previous experience in genetics, bioinformatics, behavioral biology is appreciated.
  • The position is funded at an international highly competitive level, according to the SNF guidelines.

Please send your CV and letter of motivation via email to or Reference letters from 2-3 referees should be sent to the same address. Further information can be obtained from Dr. Simon Sprecher.

Send applications

by email to Prof. Simon Sprecher
(Department of Biology, University of Fribourg)

Additional information

Université de Fribourg - Mathématiques - Ch. du Musée 23, 1700 Fribourg - tél +41 26 / 300 9180
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