Syn2Psy call for applications is open

Applications are invited for 14 Early Stage Researcher PhD positions funded by the Innovative Training Network “Syn2Psy-Synaptic Dysfunction in Neuropsychiatric Disorders”, an European Union H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action. Syn2Psy is a consortium of 7 top-level academic research institutions and 5 non-academic leading organisations, located in Portugal, UK, France, Switzerland, Denmark and Germany.

Syn2Psy provides PhD-level training to integrate molecules, synapses, neurons, circuits and behaviour, to understand and treat neuropsychiatric disorders. Syn2Psy scientific aims are to: 1) Identify synaptic mechanisms that are dysfunctional in neuropsychiatric disorders; 2) Generate and characterize human cell-derived and animal models of disease that will inform on neuronal pathways that are disrupted and may be targets for therapies; 3) Test rational therapies, and understand how life stress impacts on disease pathways. Syn2Psy leverages on a multidisciplinary research team involving scientists with a comprehensive know-how in the field of neuroscience, ranging from molecular and cellular studies to neurophysiology, neuronal circuits, neural dynamics and behaviour, complemented by specialists from the pharmaceutical sector, optical microscopy and digital imaging technology and healthcare providers. This combination of interdisciplinary and intersectoral expertise is particularly suited for addressing synapse pathology in neuropsychiatric disorders, and to provide cutting-edge advanced training for young researchers looking to head-start a science-driven career and contribute to answer a critical societal challenge.

Highly motivated candidates can submit their application through the Syn2Psy website. Deadline for submission is May 15, 2019.

The positions will be hosted at the following organizations:

    •    CNC-Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
    •    Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - Brain and Mind Institute, Lausanne, Switzerland
    •    Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Bordeaux University, Bordeaux, France
    •     Imperial College London, London, UK
    •     Neuroscience Paris-Seine, CNRS, INSERM, Sorbonne University, Paris, France
    •    Lundbeck, Copenhagen, Denmark
    •    Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences (CDBS) - University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Syn2Psy team also includes the following partner organizations:

    •    Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH, Germany
    •    CTI - Clinical Trial and Consulting Services, PT-USA
    •    Coimbra University Hospital, Portugal
    •    Portuguese Institution for Children Development, Lisbon, Portugal
    •    Marionet theatre company, Coimbra, Portugal
Financiado por Fundos FEDER através do Programa Operacional Factores de Competitividade – COMPETE 2020 e por Fundos Nacionais através da FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia no âmbito do projecto Estratégico com referência atribuida pelo COMPETE: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007440

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