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Employment Contract for PhD Holder (Postdoctoral position in Machens / Renart Labs)

  1. Date: 15.11.2018
  2. Location: Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon -Portugal
  3. Employer: Champalimaud Foundation through FCT funding
  4. Job type: Full Time
  5. Position: Postdoctoral Positions
  6. Application start: 15.11.2018             Application ends: 30.11.2018

  7. Fundação D. Anna de Sommer Champalimaud e Dr. Carlos Montez Champalimaud (Champalimaud Foundation), a private, non-profit research institution, is opening a call for a post-doctoral researcher. Eligible candidates must hold a PhD or Doctorate degree and will be offered an employment contract with unknown term, within the scope of the research project entitled “Robustness and Energy-Efficiency of Spiking Neural Networks”
    The contract, starting within 120 business dyas from the closing date, is signed between the Champalimaud Foundation and the selected candidate in accordance with all applicable legislation, including Law-Decree 57/2016, of the 29th of August of 2016 in its current edition and the General Labour Code, as well as the internal rules and regulations of the Champalimaud Foundation, taking into account the conditions set out in the above mentioned Law-Decree for the recruitment of PhD Holders within the scope of research projects funded by public funds.


    In collaboration between Machens and Renart Labs, the proposed project will investigate to what extent neural circuits actively compensate random perturbations of their activity patterns. The project involves the (1) electrophysiological recording of neural activities from awake-behaving rodents, and their perturbation using optogenetic techniques, (2) the analysis of neural population activities using dimensionality reduction and other techniques, and the (3) modeling of the results with spiking networks. Candidates should be able to spearhead the first of these research lines, and to contribute intellectually to the two others. Relevant background literature: Renart, de la Rocha, et al (2010), Science 327:587-90; Barrett et al (2016), eLife 5:12454; Kobak et al (2016) eLife 5:10989; Deneve and Machens (2016), Nat Neurosci 19:375-82.


    Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. in neuroscience related field; experience with electrophysiological experiments; fluency in English;

    Preferential Factors: familiarity with quantitative methods, such as statistical or machine-learning methods; publications in international journals or conferences; experience with rodent electrophysiology; experience with modern optogenetic methods


    The monthly remuneration to be attributed is the 33rd level of the single remuneration table (TRU), approved by Portaria nº 1553-C/2008, of December 31st, starting at a base salary of 2,128.34 Euros.

    To apply candidates must submit a single document (paper or PDF file) that contains a motivation letter and the Curriculum Vitae, both written in English, collectively not exceeding 4 pages.

    Email applications must be addressed to careers@research.fchampalimaud.org and include “CpD 32077 Machens” in the subject line.

    Paper applications must be handed at the Main Lobby Reception Desk of the Champalimaud Foundation in a closed envelope addressed to the HR&Fellows Office and identified with the abovementioned reference. Please include an email address at which to be contacted regarding your application.

    The selected candidate must submit proof of her/his PhD or Doctoral Degree within 10 days following notification of the preliminary results. More information about Diplomas recognition may be found in the Euraxess portal.

    Non-discrimination and equal access policy: The Champalimaud Foundation actively promotes a policy of non-discrimination and equal access, so that no candidate can be privileged, benefited, harmed or deprived of any right, on basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, economic situation, education, social origin or condition, genetic heritage, reduced working capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, race, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological convictions, and trade union membership.

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