PhD Position in Biomedical Engineering
University of Zurich Department of Economics

Department of Economics
Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research (SNS Lab) and the MRI Methods Development Group within the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBT)

PhD position in Biomedical Engineering
60 %

The University of Zurich and ETH in Zurich are leading international universities with extensive research programs. The successful candidate will be a member of both the Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research (SNS Lab) and the MRI Methods Development Group within the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBT).

Activities within the SNS Lab include neuroscientific research that is based on advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods. Dr. Zoltan Nagy's work focuses on establishing and testing MRI methods that provide high quality data for use in structural and functional neuroscience projects. This work is possible because of a close collaboration with the IBT, where Professor Klaas Prüssmann's group advances MR imaging techniques for biomedical and healthcare applications.

Your responsibilities

The specific aims of the project are to implement novel quality assurance methods and evaluate the reproducibility of functional MRI (fMRI) data and results.

The successful candidate will a) become an expert user of magnetic field monitoring equipment and develop cutting-edge fMRI data acquisition methods, b) perform statistical evaluations to establish reliable measures of reproducibility of said fMRI data, and c) be involved with neuroscience applications that use the acquired high-quality data for functional mapping of the human brain.

Your profile

This is a highly interdisciplinary project. Hence we are looking for applicants with a(n):
  • master's degree in physics, engineering or an equivalent field
  • solid background in mathematics
  • sound programming skills [ e.g. Matlab or C or C++ ]
  • avid interest in neuroscience
  • experience in scientific research
  • command of written and spoken English

What we offer

We offer an exciting position in a stimulating and challenging environment, dynamic and interdisciplinary teams and the opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.
The Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research (SNS Lab):
Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBT):

Place of work

Rämistrasse 100, 8091 Zurich

Start of employment

Employment start date to be January or February 2021. The position will be advertised until a suitable candidate is found.

If interested, please send your comprehensive application by December 31, 2020 (incl. CV/letter of motivation/contact details of 3 references ] to Dr. Zoltan Nagy ( with the subject line PhD Position@SNS Lab / IBT

Further information

Dr. Zoltan Nagy

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