Open Postdoctoral Position at the Berényi Lab - Oscillatory Neural Networks Research Group at University of Szeged, Hungary
A neuroscience postdoctoral position is open at the Berényi Lab - Oscillatory Neural Networks Research Group at University of Szeged, Hungary.
2024 Spring - Fall
Term of appointment:
University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary.
Job type and Position:
Full Time employee (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Applications of highly motivated individuals are sought for a postdoc position in the context of a collaborative project “Therapeutic Mechanisms and Long-term Effects of Electrical Neuromodulation in Brain disorders” funded by multiple prestigious grants.
The laboratory and the project is supported by the close collaboration of Neunos Ltd, an onsite MedTech engineering and data science team of 30+ people. Uniquely, the direct clinical translation of animal research results is possible through the same collaboration in the form of first-in-patient clinical studies.
We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to evaluate the effectiveness of transcranial electric stimulation in abrogating pathologic network activity in epileptic seizures, depression and anxiety, and to use world-leading high-resolution recording techniques and optogenetic methods to assess the neural mechanisms involved in network oscillations.
A successful candidate will be responsible for leading, moving along and troubleshooting an independent project that will involve all or most of the following:
- Electrophysiological and behavioral experiments with rodents, including perturbation experiments using optogenetic and electrical stimulation and drug infusion
- Neuronal data analysis using Python or MATLAB
- Developing and building of electronic and behavioral setups to support the new innovative approaches
- Histological analysis
PhD in life sciences / neuroscience / electrical engineering / mathematics, or related discipline, with some expertise in experimental neuroscience and programming is required. Expertise in quantitative analysis of animal behavior, software programming or computational modeling of neuronal circuits are preferred but not required. Experience with time series data analysis, dimension reduction methods and time-frequency analysis is welcome.
Candidates with a demonstrated ability for independent and creative research are encouraged to send applications (cover letter, CV and contact information of references) to the PI, Dr Antal Berényi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Potential outcome: this is a great opportunity that provides competitive, decent salary and a dynamic, engaging environment and cutting-edge level professional background for the successful candidates. Eligible applicants will be invited for an interview.
The Berényi Lab is a joint laboratory of the Medical School and the Interdisciplinary Excellence Center of University of Szeged, the Hungarian Center of Excellence for Molecular Biology (HCEMM) and the New York University. As a hub of systems neuroscience, it is delving into the rhythmic neuronal activities and their network dynamics, crucial for understanding brain functionalities and pathologies. It stands out for pioneering methods in brain activity acquisition neural network analysis and closed-loop neurostimulation, bridging theoretical concepts with clinical applications. Ideal for postdocs, the lab offers a rich, interdisciplinary setting for research at the intersection of health, disease, and translational neuroscience. Led by Dr Antal Berényi, it's a place where ambitious research meets practical solutions, shaping the future of neuroscience.
With more than 8,000 employees, including over 2,200 teachers and researchers, and 22,000 students, the University of Szeged is one of Hungary's most popular and internationally highly regarded higher education institutions. Esteemed as the alma mater of Nobel Laureates Katalin Karikó and Albert Szent-Györgyi, known for their pioneering work in mRNA technology and in internal combustion of the cells and the discovery of Vitamin C, the university stands out in the global academic community. The institution's research, development, and innovation activities are recognized at an international level. The University of Szeged (SZTE) has established strategic relationships with industrial players in the R&D and innovation sector, and with the world's most advanced laser center, ELI-ALPS. SZTE's clinical network provides international standard medical education, research results, and high-quality healthcare services, serving the population of the cross-border region. As one of Hungary's leading centers for education, healthcare, science, and innovation, along with its vibrant cultural life, the institution is a leading cultural, economic, and intellectual center in the Southern Great Plain region and the country.
The institute is located at the waterfront of Szeged, Hungary, 90 min drive from Budapest. Szeged offers a sunny temperate climate, affordable cost of living, and vibrant, safe and inclusive culture of the city and campus. Good public transportation and convenient housing options both within and outside the city center. The Berenyi Lab offers administrative help and support with resettlement. The Berényi Lab is an equal opportunity workplace.
For further information visit www.berenyilab.com
or take a look at some of our most relevant publications:
- Reinstating olfactory bulb-derived limbic gamma oscillations alleviates depression-like behavioral deficits in rodents (Li et al, Neuron, 2023)
- Closed-loop brain stimulation augments fear extinction in male rats (Sierra et al., Nat Comm, 2023)
- Closed-loop stimulation of the medial septum terminates epileptic seizures (Takeuchi et al., Brain, 2021)
- Direct effects of transcranial electric stimulation on brain circuits in rats and humans (Vöröslakos et al., Nat Comm, 2018)
- Closed-loop control of epilepsy by transcranial electrical stimulation (Berenyi et al, Science, 2012)
- Oscillotherapeutics – Time-targeted interventions in epilepsy and beyond (Takeuchi & Berényi, Neurosci Res., 2020)
- Temporally Targeted Interactions With Pathologic Oscillations as Therapeutical Targets in Epilepsy and Beyond (Földi et al, Frontiers in Neural Circuits, 2021)
- Role of hippocampal CA2 region in triggering sharp-wave ripples (Oliva, Neuron, 2016)
- Large-scale, high-density (up to 512 channels) recording of local circuits in behaving animals (Berényi et al, J Neurophys, 2014)