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PhD Research Fellowship in Systems Neuroscience

3-year PhD Research fellow position now available at the Center for Integrative Neuroplasticity (CINPLA) at Department of Biosciences.

Application deadline: 31 January, 2017

We are searching for a highly motivated candidate with a strong interest in neural processing of cortical circuits. The planned research makes use in vivo large scale extracellular recordings of behaving animals to investigate neural processing with a specific focus on visual information processing.

The fellowship is for a period of three years.

Applicants who will finish their master study before end of February 2017 can apply given that a date is set for their final exam. Starting date no later than April 20th, 2017.

No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.

Job/ project description:

Sensory information processing occurs as complex interplays between thousands of neurons connected in local and distributed neural networks. How subpopulations of neurons contribute to information processing and the interplay between neural networks in behaving animal remain unresolved.  Emerging recording technologies in combination with genetic tools and computational modelling now enables multi-level investigations that will bring insights into how the brain operates to promote healthy development, learning, and recovery from disease. In our laboratory we study neural processing and plasticity of cortical circuits at multiple levels from the morphological changes of dendritic spines to functional changes of network activity in behaving animals. The research group is part Center for Integrative Neuroplasticity ( which aims to unite computational and experimental neuroscience.


The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in physiology/neurobiology or related disciplines. The preferred candidate has first-hand experience from electrophysiology recordings or imaging of behaving animals.

The candidate will use in vivo large-scale extracellular recordings to investigate neural processing in visual cortex. Genetic perturbations will be used to identify cell-specific contributions to these processes. The position is funded by the Norwegian Research Council as part of the CoBra project (FRINATEK) which will use an integrated approach of computational modelling and targeted experiments to understand visual information processing. The data acquired will be used to develop and test computational models in an iterative process (see, e.g., Hagen et al, Cerebral Cortex, 2016, doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw237). Some insight into computational neuroscience and programming is advantageous.  We offer broad training possibilities in the required experimental methods within the stimulating multidisciplinary academic environment provided by the Center of Integrative Neuroplasticity ( The research fellow should be able to work independently and structured, while at the same time engage in close collaborations.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see here and here.

A good command of English is required.


Position code 1017, Salary NOK 432 700 – 489 300  per year.

The application must include:

  • Application letter

  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work – scientific publications)

  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation

  • Documentation of English proficiency

  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee

  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

  • Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

Other information:

Region/Location: Oslo

Job type: Fixed Term Contract

Working hours: Full-time, days

Application deadline: 31 January, 2017

Reference number: 2016/15391

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Best presentation award to Elise Holter Thompson

Elise Holter Thompson from CINPLA won the best oral presentation award at the 4th National PhD Conference in Neuroscience, hosted by the Norwegian Research School in Neuroscience. Svenn-Arne Dragly from CINPLA was the runner up. With the price comes 6000 NOK, to be used for any purpose that promotes the recipient’s research training.

Congratulations to Elise and Svenn-Arne!

Sign up for the ScandPhys conference in Oslo

Welcome to physiology conference in Oslo 26-28 of August !

The meeting will feature world-renowned plenary speakers and a diverse set of symposia, with a particular focus on topics within heart, skeletal muscle and neurobiology.

UIO_Logo_Oslo_2016_253x400➢ FREE admission for PhD/master (but you have to register).
➢ The social program includes a reception in the city hall and the conference dinner following a boat trip to the Viking Ship Museum.
➢ For more information and registration:

Topics include: Brain plasticity, perineuronal nets, optogenetic dissection of brain circuits, super-resolution imaging,  consciousness etc….



Plenary lectures:
➢ Peter Norsk: Spaceflight and the cardiovascular system
➢ Kenneth R. Chien: Rebuilding the heart with human ventricular progenitors
➢ James Fawcett: Plasticity and axon regeneration in spinal cord and brain
➢ Åsa Gustafsson: Autophagy and adaption to cardiac aging
➢ Terje Lømo: The discovery of LTP and its significance today

Price for excellence in education awarded to Hans Petter Langtangen

Professor Hans Petter Langtangen was awarded the Olav Thon Foundation prize for excellence in education 2016. He is  a world-leading pioneer introducing python scripting in science education, and his book Python Scripting for Computational Science (Springer) was quickly sold out when it was released in 2003, and the new edition is still on the best-selling lists. The price was awarded for his work on modernizing the education at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo.


Traditionally, science courses with much use of mathematical models applied pen and paper techniques to solve the mathematical problems. This is still so in most courses in the world. However, Langtangen wanted the students to solve mathematical problems through programming from day 1, because this is the way one does mathematics today in industry and research.

In 1999 he started a course at UiO with the aim of teaching scripting and automation in science, and the course notes evolved into the book in 2003, placing UiO in the forefront when it comes to computation in science education.

Langtangen has educated over 1000 people in Python, both scientists and administrative software developers. When he started in 1999, Python was hardly used at all in Norwegian industry, now it is commonly used. And by “Python” Langtangen mean much more than the language, it’s the way of working: automating manual operations for reliability, being more effective, seeing new ways to do things.

Langtangen is director of the Center for Biomedical Computing, a Norwegian Center of Excellence 2007-2017 at the  Simula Research Laboratory.

This is the second time this price is awarded to a CINPLA member.

CINPLA faculty awarded huge grant for a new consortium: DigiBrain

The Norwegian Research Council launched a new strategic initiative entitled “Digital Life – Convergence for Innovation” this year, and Marianne Fyhn is leading the consortium: DigiBrain: From genes to brain function in health and disease.

The primary objective of DigiBrain is to establish a pipeline for linking genetic information to systems-level measures of brain behaviour by means of multiscale computational modeling and targeted experimental animal studies at the levels of neuron, neural networks and systems. Further, DigiBrain will in collaboration with pharmaceutical and medical technology companies, prominent international research environments, explore new and innovative ways for drugs discovery by use of the multiscale computational model.

Partners (in semi-random order):
UiO: Marianne Fyhn, Gaute Einevoll, Anders Malthe-Sørensen, Camilla Esguerra, Torkel Hafting
OUS: Ole Andreassen
Simula: Aslak Tveito
NMBU: Finn-Arne Welzien
UiB: Srdjan Djurovic
NTNU: Cliff Kentros
UIT: John-Sigurd Svendsen

Pharmasum: Anders Fugelli
Holberg EEG: Harald Aulien

Univ Julich: Markus Diesman
UCSD: Anders Dale



PhD summerschool: Understanding Measurements in Neuroscience

CINPLA organized the first summer-school for the Norwegian Research School in Neuroscience 16-22 August 2015. The program was ambitious and the students were exhausted, but happy after 60 hours with intense theoretical and practical research training.

The aim of the summer school was to give the students a deeper understanding of what we actually measure with some established state-of-the-art methods in neuroscience.

Main lecturers:
Andy Edwards (patch-clamp), Emre Yaksi & Erlend Nagelhus (Ca2+ imaging), Joel Glover (VSD), Torkel Hafting (tetrode recordings), Torbjørn Ness (computational modeling), Special guest lecturer was Michael Hausser, University College London.

Read more about the summer-school here.

Cinpla PhD students awarded “Ideprisen”

With fierce competition from about 160 other projects, our PhD students was awarded the prize for their development of science-education apps.

In addition to apps for molecular dynamics and waves the team have developed an app to illustrate and understand how nerve cells interact and function in a network. These types of networks are believed to form the basic structures of complex phenomenons observed in the mammalian brain. Together with Inven2 they are now working to further develop their concept.

A screenshot of Neuronify – the nerve cell app.


Read more about this event here (in Norwegian)