The EPFL and the Brain Mind Institute ( are seeking an outstanding and highly motivated Postdoctoral researcher for a challenging project with focus on the biophysical interactions between neuronal networks and conductive nanoparticles (see references below).

The successful candidate is expected to join a new generation of neuro-nano engineers and neuroscientists, consolidating and developing unique interdisciplinary skills, at the interface among (neuro)biology, (nano)technology and (micro)electronics, mastering both the languages of “neurons” (i.e. cellular electrophysiology and neurosciences) and of “nanotechnology” (i.e. carbon nanotubes and conductive nanoparticles).
Candidates must have strong experimental skills, but also interest and motivation to actively build on existing scientific collaborations and on-campus facilities. Preferred educational background is a PhD in Neuroscience, Bioengineering or Nanotechnology. Experience with patch-clamp recordings, cell / slice culturing and computational modeling is an advantage. The successful candidate should also possess a high degree of motivation, excellent written and verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work independently and interact with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists.
The Laboratory of Neural Microcircuitry at the Brain Mind Institute, based at the Swiss federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
The Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Antwerp (Belgium)
Interested applicants should submit a one-page description of past research experience, a resume of educational and research experience, including publications, and names of three people that could provide letters of reference, to
Prof. Dr. M. Giugliano (email: michele .dot. giugliano .at. epfl .dot. ch), Theoretical Neurobiology, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Antwerp (Belgium)
Laboratory of Neural Microcircuitry, Brain Mind Institute, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Mazzatenta et al., Journal of Neuroscience, 2007
Sucapane et al., Journal of Nanoneuroscience, 2008
Giugliano et al., Drug Discovery Today: Disease Models, 2008
Giugliano et al., in “In Progress in Nanotechnology Neurosciences”, 2008
(reprints available from
See also:
Lovat et al., Nano Letters, 2005
Silva, Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 2006
Keefer et al., Nat. Nanotech., 2008

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