PhD/PostDoc – Studying Feedback Connections In The Visual Cortex

We have an exciting opportunity for a PhD-student or postdoc to investigate the logic of feedback connections in mouse visual cortex and their role in perceptual organization.


Project description

The project addresses the logic of feedback connections in mouse visual cortex and their role in perceptual organization. Feedback connections from higher visual areas back to the primary visual cortex are thought to play an important role in constructing a perceptual model of the visual scene, however we still have a poor understanding of the logic of the connectivity between cells in higher and lower areas. In this project, we will use high-density electrophysiological recordings (Neuropixels), 2-photon microscopy and optogenetics to examine the interactions between cells in higher areas and V1.


We expect from you:

  • You are a highly motivated, self-driven candidate.
  • You have an MSc degree (or equivalent) in neuroscience or a related discipline; or an MSc degree in a quantitative discipline (e.g. physics/biophysics, mathematics, engineering) with strong interest and experience in neuroscience.
  • Post-doctoral candidates should have, or should soon expect to obtain, a PhD in a relevant field and should have experience in collecting and analyzing neurophysiological data from awake, behaving animals.
  • A high level of written and spoken English and good programming skills are essential.


You should expect from us:

  • Mentoring, supervision and training
  • Access to state-of-the art infrastructure
  • A stimulating international research environment



The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience ( is the country’s leading fundamental neuroscience research institute, in the international and progressive city of Amsterdam. It provides a critical mass of scientists (spanning more than 27 nationalities) and neuroscience facilities, in a highly interactive, dynamic, multi-cultural environment, with English as the working language.

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