Ph.D. student position at the Netherlands Institutefor Neuroscience

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The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN) is a Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) institute. It conducts fundamental and strategic scientific research in the area of neuroscience. The main focus is directed towards the brain and the visual system.


In the ‘Retinal Signal Processing’ group headed by Dr. Maarten Kamermans there is a vacancy for a Ph.D. student.


The Project: The project is dedicated to the functional role of connexins in outer retinal processing in the zebrafish. The aim of this project is two fold: 1) Study dominant negative connexin mutations to understand the relationship between specific mutations and the resulting deficiencies in hemichannel and gap-junction function. 2) Study the effects of mutant connexins on the functioning of a readily approachable neuronal network that strongly depends on connexin function: the retina.


The scientific environment: The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience ( has a strong background in Vision Research and there is an active neuroscience community in Amsterdam. The Retinal Signal Processing group aims at generating a quantitative understanding of the processing in the outer retina of zebrafish. For details see the lab webpage: The research is strongly multidisciplinary, involving a variety of electrophysiological morphological, molecular biological, molecular genetic, computational and behavioral approaches. The institute has an excellent infrastructure.


The Netherlands Institute for neuroscience is part of the Graduate School Neurosciences Amsterdam (ONWA). Details about the educational program can be found on the website of the Graduate School;


Requirements: A university degree in biological sciences, medicine, or experimental physics is required. Experience with electrophysiological and/or molecular biological techniques is preferred.


Appointment: The project is funded by a TOP-grant from the ZonMW for a period of 4 years. The salary starts at €1956 per month and increases towards €2402 per month in the fourth year.


Location: Amsterdam. The NIN is situated on the premises of the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam.


Inquiries: For further information please contact Dr. Maarten Kamermans. Phone: +31 20 566 5180, email: or look at the website:


Applications: Please send a letter and a CV before 19 March 2007 to Dr. Maarten Kamermans, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Meibergdreef 47, 1105 BA Amsterdam or send an email (Word doc) to

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