What we look for

We look for team members who are passionate about neuroscience and computation. To tackle the problems we are interested in, we often have to be creative and apply analytical and computational tools from other areas. This creative mix includes, but is by no means limited to: dynamical systems, control theory, and machine learning. Ideal candidates should be curious about the neural underpinnings of computation and learning, but should also enjoy taking on difficult math and coding problems. Topics of interest include for instance:

  • Neural networks (both spiking and non-spiking)
  • Synaptic plasticity, circuit motifs, and homeostasis
  • Predictive and self-supervised learning
  • Biologically plausible deep credit assignment
  • Complex synapses for continual learning

What we offer

We offer a dynamic and international research group performing research at the forefront of computational neuroscience only a stone’s throw from the picturesque mountainscapes of Switzerland. At the FMI, we prioritize our team’s well-being and professional growth. We offer competitive salaries that dovetail nicely with Switzerland’s high standard of living. Moreover, FMI takes pride in being a family-friendly institution, recognizing the importance of work-life balance. Embrace this unique opportunity to be part of an innovative community and contribute to fundamental discoveries in computational neuroscience.

PhD opportunities

Applicants interested in doing their PhD with us will broadly work on projects centered around plastic neural networks and will often have to opportunity to be involved in experimental collaborations. PhD students receive internationally highly competitive salaries. If these points sound interesting to you and you would like to work and learn in an international and interdisciplinary environment, please consider applying.

Applications have to be submitted via the FMI PhD program. Application deadlines may vary but are generally in spring and fall with the associated interview days in late January and June, respectively. For the exact deadlines and additional information visit:

Questions? Please get in touch or contact Elida Keller.

Unsure? Doing a PhD is not for everyone. If you are unsure about whether you should do a PhD, I recommend reading this piece by my colleague Matthew Cook at INI which holds some great general advice.

Post-doc opportunities

Possible applicants who wish to pursue a post-doc in our team, please contact me directly. Ideally, you include a 1-2 page research statement, CV and details of 2-3 references in your e-mail.