15 PhD positions in field of (Behavioural) Neuroscience, Neurodevelopment, Molecular Neurobiology,... (# of pos: 15)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Apr 2021

Serotonin and Beyond (S&B) is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) (www.serotonin-and-beyond-project.eu ) which aims to recruit 15 graduate students in the field of (Behavioural) Neuroscience, Neurodevelopment, Molecular Neurobiology, Neuropharmacology, Neuroimaging and Neurotechnology.

The project is funded by the European Commission within the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions of the H2020 programme (GA 953327) and was awarded EUR 4 Million grant. It involves 10 prestigious research centers and 11 startups/companies that are based in Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands, and UK. It is coordinated by Radboud University Medical center (Judith Homberg) (NL).

The 15 trainees which will be recruited in the framework of S&B will complete a PhD project across several laboratories and companies to integrate knowledge over different fields including cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging and psychiatry.

The general aim of this ITN is to develop new approaches and interventions of neurodevelopmental disorders. The focus will be on the neurodevelopmental role of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter playing a crucial role in the onset and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. Most of the drugs currently used in psychiatry target serotonin. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that the efficacy of these drugs is suboptimal. As a result, the prevalence and burden of these disorders remain high. A new wave of research revealed that serotonin plays an important role in neurodevelopment. Changes in serotonin levels lead to changes in developmental processes with consequences for the serotonin system and beyond. This makes it plausible that the origins of these disorders do not per se lie in disturbed serotonin neurotransmission, but rather in serotonin-mediated neurodevelopmental changes. We hypothesize that the serotonin-mediated non-serotonergic downstream changes in neurodevelopment are at the basis of serotonin-related neuropsychiatric disorders.

SEROTONIN and BEYOND will establish an interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international scientific network to test this hypothesis. Top-class academic and industrial scientists will train Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in a spectrum of state-of-the-art neuroscientific technical approaches. We will also equip these ESRs with translational and entrepreneurial thinking by providing intersectoral and transferable skills training. The complete list of ESRs and the corresponding institutions is listed on the website.

S&B fellows will be appointed for 3 years contract. Applicants should hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent professional experience) at the start of the PhD (between July - December 2021), be fluent in English, and have an outstanding career record. Following the guidelines of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the Institute for more than 12 months in the last 3 years preceding December 31, 2021.

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