PhD Student in Neuroscience (Ala-Laurila Lab, Finland)

 We are looking for an excellent PhD Candidate to work in characterization of healthy and diseased mouse models from retinal circuits to visually guided behaviour

Timeline of the call:

The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Thus, submit your application as soon as possible. In any case we will fill the position by the spring of the year 2023.


  • Characterize the retinal output of different mouse models of retinal diseases

  • Correlate the retinal output to the animal behavior in the water maze

Host institution: Aalto University (Aalto, Finland) – Supervisor: Petri Ala-Laurila

Dr Ala-Laurila has two laboratories ( one at Aalto University and one at University of Helsinki. Both labs work in integrated collaboration and have state-of-the art approaches to study retinal circuits and visually-guided behavior. They combine cutting-edge electrophysiological recording techniques with precise manipulations of retinal circuit function, mathematical modelling and quantitative behavioral measurements:

Aalto University (Aalto) is the largest technology-oriented university in Finland. The Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering is located in the Otaniemi campus – one of the most important north-european technology hubs, with a high concentration of companies, and research institutes from the high-technology sector, and with a thriving culture of entrepreneurship.

The University of Helsinki is Finland’s largest and oldest academic institution and an innovative centre of science and thinking. University of Helsinki has contributed since 1640 to the establishment of a fair and equal society that is considered one of the best in the world. The multidisciplinary academic community solves problems that affect us all – with the power of knowledge, for the world.

Requirements from the applicant:

  • Highly motivated, previous experience on behavioral experiments and/or electrophysiology is a plus
  • Formal requirements for eligibility: at the time of appointment, applicant must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Finland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

Application documents:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Recommendation letters (max. 3)
  • Scanned copy of the degree which would formally entitle the candidate to embark on doctorate.
  • Transcript of records for both Bachelor´s degree and Master´s degree (or equivalents).

Applications will be reviewed as soon as they arrive so please submit your application as soon as you can.

For additional information, please contact Krishna Dovzhik (Ala-Laurila lab),


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