PhD Positions in Neurosciences

University of Basel

PhD Positions in Neurosciences

Starting date 1. January 2024, full-time

The Neuropharmacology research group at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is looking to hire a post-doctoral researcher experienced with whole-cell patch-clamp electrophysiology.
The Neuropharmacology group, led by Prof. Linda Simmler, investigates circuits and synaptic mechanisms of psychoactive substances, focusing on psychedelics. We aim to understand the effects of psychedelics on neuronal circuits and synapses, and link to behavior and disease models. The successful candidate will investigate synaptic plasticity induced by psilocybin in mice, applying whole-cell patch-clamp electrophysiology combined with optogenetics, immunofluorescence and behavioral testing.

Your profile

  • PhD in a relevant discipline (Neurosciences, Pharmacology, Drug Sciences, Engineering or related)
  • Solid practical experience with whole-cell patch-clamp electrophysiology
  • Experienced working with rodents
  • Experienced in rodent behavioral testing, in vivo optogenetics/Calcium-imaging and/or MATLAB is a plus
  • Excellent analytical, experimental and writing skills
  • Organized, proactive, collaborative and committed to timelines

We offer you

  • Fully funded post-doc position, full time
  • Opportunity to be proactively involved in a growing and dynamic research group
  • Possibility to increase your academic profile, supervise junior researchers and participate in teaching
  • Vibrant research environment at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and within the Basel Neuroscience community
  • Grow your scientific network in Switzerland and internationally
 Application / Contact
Please submit your application online as soon as possible; applications will be considered until the position is filled. The application dossier must include a motivation letter, CV, names of three referees and PhD thesis (or summary, in case PhD is not yet completed). For further information, please contact Prof. Linda Simmler (, +41 61 207 68 48.