Applications are invited for a position of post-doctoral research fellow for
three years between 2008-2011 in the group led by Dr. Mikko Vähäsöyrinki and
prof. Matti Weckström, Department of Physical Sciences and Biocenter Oulu,
University of Oulu, Finland

The appointee will be expected to conduct research as a part of a
multidisciplinary research team focused on studying neural mechanisms of
information processing. Peripheral visual system and downstream ganglia of
the insect brain will be used as an animal model. The appointee will be
given possibilities to develop her/his own interests within the general
framework of the research group.
We have good facilities for research at single cell, network and whole
animal level. Methods used in the research range from in vitro and in vivo
electrophysiology at single cell level to extracellular population
recordings combined with closed-loop behavioral paradigms. Mathematical
modeling and computational neuroscience methods form essential part of our
research approach and this may also be part of the research done by the
appointee. We are actively collaborating with several other laboratories
abroad, and the work may also include visits or collaboration with those
Additional information can be found in the extract from
a) A completed PhD in biophysics, physics, theoretical physics,
neuroscience, or a related suitable discipline. Applications are also
welcomed from students who will obtain their PhD degree in the immediate
b) Practical experience of electrophysiology either at single cell or
network level. Modelling experience is considered an advantage.
c) The ability to communicate effectively and clearly in English, both
orally and in writing
d) Commitment and self-motivation to work according to high standards and in
challenging projects
e) Ability to work in an independent fashion but also act as a member of a
multidisciplinary research team.
a) competitive salary with full social and health insurance of the Finnish
public system.
b) enthusiastic research environment with good facilities
c) good research models for high-quality work in neuroscience
Initial appointments will be made for a probationary period until the end of
2008, or as agreed. All enquires and applications (either formal or
informal) are welcomed and should be made to Dr. Vähäsöyrinki
( or to prof. Weckström

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