Ambizione fellowship and an open PhD position

I’m glad to share that I am going to start my own junior research group at the University of Zurich in March 2023!

As an Ambizione fellow, I will receive funding for my own salary, some equipment, consumables and a PhD student (total of ca. 900k CHF). There will be possibilities to recruit more students, but I will try to start small, so that I can spend my time with my students, experiments and data analysis and less so with buraucratic obligations that come with other positions. The general research direction of my group is already reflected by some write-ups of previous years (2018201920202021). There will be a focus on single neurons, plasticity, possibly also dendrites, and closed-loop paradigms.

My group will benefit from being part of the lab of Fritjof Helmchen. Working with all the resources and experts available in the Helmchen Lab, and at the same time being supervised by myself is probably not bad combination!

So if you’re finishing your Master’s right now and are looking for a PhD position, or if you have a talented Master’s student who would be a good fit for my group, get in touch with me. Here’s the official position opening:

Project description

The SNSF AMBIZIONE junior group of Dr. Peter Rupprecht at the Brain Research Institute, University of Zurich, Switzerland (starting 1.3.2023), is offering a PhD position to study neuronal circuits in the living mouse brain. The goal of the project is to understand how a single neuron learns about the effect of its action potentials. The project therefore addresses the problem of “credit assignment” in the brain experimentally.

The project will be conducted in the lab of and officially supervised by Prof. Fritjof Helmchen. Working on this project will therefore provide ample opportunity to collaborate with and learn from some of the best neuroscientists.

The methods to drive this project will be, among others, in vivo calcium imaging of neuronal activity, in vivo cell-attached recordings, closed-loop virtual realities, and advanced data analysis methods. You will be able to select your favorite sub-projects and techniques from this spectrum, and you will receive direct guidance from Peter Rupprecht to learn anything that is required.


You have studied neuroscience, physics, biology, informatics or a related field. You are familiar with or eager to learn the techniques required for this project, including elements of microscopy, mouse handling, electrophysiology, programming and data analysis in Python and/or Matlab. Ideally, you enjoy solving problems, even if it takes long and the problems are difficult. Some programming skills or the strong desire to acquire such are important for any kind of project in this lab.

Application guideline

Please send your application including a CV and your transcript of records to Peter Rupprecht ( Please include a letter of motivation that covers the following aspects: What talents or previous experience of yours are possibly relevant to this project? What would you like to learn and achieve during your PhD? Do you enjoy writing in English? If you have coding or experimental experience, describe your most challenging previous program or project.

Starting date

The PhD position is available starting March 2023.

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