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Engineers and computer programmers for microscope development

  1. Date: 6.3.2018
  2. Location: Lisboa, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
  3. Employer: Champalimaud Foundation (ERC funding)
  4. Job type: Full Time
  5. Position: Scientific Research
  6. Application start: 6.3.2018            

  7. The Vision to Action group, part of Champalimaud Research, investigates the neural circuits that process visual information, and which allow the selection and execution of the appropriate motor outputs. Using small, transparent zebrafish as a model system, we are developing fast volume imaging methods to make single-cell resolution, whole-brain recordings of activity dynamics.

    We are recruiting motivated and independent individuals to work on development of custom-built, cutting-edge microscope systems for multiphoton and light-sheet imaging, and single cell resolution optogenetics* (control of neural activity with light). Typical responsibilities include:
    (1)Design and construction of optical/optomechanical systems. (2) Design and development of hardware and software solutions for microscope control. (3) Development of data acquisition and image processing pipelines. (4) Working as part of a team to support users running biological experiments.

    Candidates with a Bachelors degree, Masters or PhD will be considered, with salary and responsibilities scaled accordingly. The position is supported by an ERC consolidator grant, and is potentially extendable up to 5 years.
    Candidates should have experience in one of the following areas: engineering, physics, optical systems development, programming (especially C#, Python, Matlab, experience with high performance/multithreaded software).

    Experience in microscopy/imaging or neuroscience is not essential, but could be helpful. Candidates should have the capacity to work independently, and, at the same time, be good communicators and collaborate well with others.

    Start dates and terms are flexible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applicants should contact Michael Orger (michael.orger@neuro.fchampalimaud.org), including a motivation letter, CV including academic record, and contact information for references.

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