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Postdoctoral researcher, Translational Neuromodeling Unit

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Translational Neuromodeling Unit (TNU) is a joint division of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). Its mission is to develop new methods and computational assays for individualised prognosis and treatment prediction in computational psychiatry/psychosomatics. To this end, the TNU brings together computational modelers, experimentalists and clinicians who jointly develop mathematical models of maladaptive behaviour and brain disease, and evaluate their diagnostic use in patient studies.

Job description

This postdoctoral position is funded for up to two years, with initial appointment for one year.

The position involves the following tasks:

  • analysis of several existing clinical EEG datasets using SPM and/or FieldTrip
  • advanced EEG analyses, including computational modeling
  • development and evaluation of methods for removing cardiac field artefacts
  • contributions to the supervision of PhD and MSc students
  • contributions to teaching

Your profile

Mandatory qualifications and characteristics include:

  • PhD
  • excellent computational/statistical skills (e.g. generative modeling, machine learning, Bayesian techniques)
  • experience with advanced EEG analyses
  • excellent programming skills (incl. experience with MATLAB)
  • good communication and time management skills, as well as willingness to work in a highly interdisciplinary group
  • ability to work independently
  • collaborative spirit and team player attitude
  • good command of English language

Desirable (but not mandatory) qualifications include:

  • experience with SPM and/or FieldTrip
  • experience with the analysis of EEG data acquired under sensory and cognitive paradigms (e.g. mismatch negativity, learning, decision-making)

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Motivation Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact details of at least two academic referees

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Applications will be considered until the position has been filled.

Further information about the Translational Neuromodeling Unit at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering can be found on our website: For further information, please contact PD Dr. Jakob Heinzle, (no application documents).

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