Post-doc position – Brain slice and brain organoid electrophysiology for biohybrid systems to heal epilepsy - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Genova, IIT
Added on: 07/11/2018 - Expires on: 15/12/2018

The Laboratory of Enhanced Regenerative Medicine invites applications for 1 post-doc position to conduct brain slice and brain organoid electrophysiology experiments within the context of an exciting visionary cross-disciplinary European project aimed at repairing the epileptic brain by means of functional intelligent biohybrids. This is a high-risk/high-gain visionary project, recently selected for funding within the EU funding scheme FET Proactive (Grant Agreement n°824164 - Acronym: HERMES). The research consortium gathers together experts in tissue/organoid bioengineering, in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology, neuromorphic engineering, machine learning and artificial intelligence. If selected, you will work in a highly stimulating environment promoting close collaboration and cross-fertilization with all these experts.

You must have a degree in Medicine or Biology and a PhD in Neuroscience, Biophysics, Physiology or related disciplines, and a strong track record of hands-on experience with rodent brain slice electrophysiology and in vitro models of epilepsy.

Within the team, you will be responsible for:

  • designing and conducting brain slice and brain organoid (canonical and closed-loop) electrophysiology
  • collect and archive experimental data according to the Data Management Plan
  • analyze and interpret experimental data
  • present results during laboratory meetings, project review meetings and conferences
  • write manuscripts for publication
  • contribute to the preparation of the project periodic reports

Fundamental experimental skills:

  • preparation and maintenance of rodent brain slices for in vitro electrophysiology
  • microelectrode array and/or field potential recording techniques applied to rodent brain slices
  • knowledge of in vitro models of epilepsy (4-aminopyridine and/or high potassium) applied to brain slices

Fundamental personal skills:

  • highly motivated, curious and goal-oriented
  • creative thinking
  • proactive mindset and independent thinking
  • team-oriented collaborative attitute
  • capable of working under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • excellent written and spoken English


  • knowledge of MATLAB programming language and Simulink environment
  • work experience within multi/cross-disciplinary teams
  • FELASA or equivalent personal certification

The application package should include:

  • extended CV, highlighting the names of supervisors and 1-2 lines describing your specific contribution within multi-authored publications
  • letter of motivation (max 1 page)
  • name and contact information of 2-3 referees

The letter of motivation should not be a summary of the CV, but it should describe your long-term research vision, the reason for applying to be part of our team and why you think you are the right candidate to fill this position.

Please send your application by email to by December 15th 2018 quoting “Post-doc position – Brain slice electrophysiology for biohybrid systems to heal epilepsy CB 76154” in the subject line.

The position will be available upon funding release from the European Commission, with tentative start date on February 1st 2019.

The salary will be commensurate to your experience and qualification and in line with international standards.

For informal inquiries contact: Dr Gabriella Panuccio:

Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - IIT - was founded with the objective of promoting Italy’s technological development and further education in science and technology. In this sense, IIT’s scientific program is based on the combination between basic scientific research and the development of technical applications, a major inspirational principle. Research areas cover scientific topics of high innovative content, representing the most advanced frontiers of modern technology with wide application possibilities in various fields ranging from medicine to industry, from computer science to robotics, life sciences, and nanobiotechnology.

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