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PhD position in computational neuroscience - Zenke lab

The Zenke Group at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) in Basel, Switzerland, is looking for a PhD candidate.

We are recruiting a PhD researcher to strengthen our team to study the computational principles of learning and information processing in biological neural networks. The successful candidate will we embedded in our friendly international team and learn to apply a creative mix of analytical and computational tools, including but by no means limited to dynamical systems, control theory, and machine learning. Ideal candidates should be curious about the neural underpinnings of computation and learning but should also enjoy taking on complex math and coding problems. Topics of interest include, for instance: Neural networks (both spiking and non-spiking), learning and plasticity within the framework of predictive processing, circuit underpinnings of biologically plausible deep credit assignment, and continual learning.

Candidates holding a Master’s degree in Neuroscience, Life Sciences, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or similar with a solid quantitative background, are encouraged to apply. Fluency in English, both in writing in speech, is mandatory.

The FMI - affiliated with the University of Basel and the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research - is a world-class biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding the molecular mechanisms of health and disease and committed to training young scientists. The FMI is based in the vibrant city of Basel, Switzerland, which offers an exceptional scientific and cultural environment.

This position is part of the FMI International PhD Program. Please submit your application to the Program at the portal

For further information, please get in touch with Friedemann Zenke ( or visit and

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