Job Vacancies: 15 Early Stage Researchers

Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Innovative Training Network:
“In the eye of the observer: Visual processing at the heart of the retina”

SwitchBoard is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme under the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions, comprising 11 European Universities, research institutions and companies, coordinated by Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany. The duration of the network is 48 months, starting on November 01, 2015. The network will progressively open a total of 15 (3 year) full-time positions for PhD training within the project .

SwitchBoard focusses on retinal bipolar cells – as the link between the outer and the inner retina. Recent advances hold the exciting promise that an in-depth understanding of the bipolar cells – an entire class of neurons – and their role in the first critical steps of visual processing is within reach. Our network trains young researchers in world-leading research labs towards completing this goal. We will accomplish this by exposing the students to a host of cutting-edge techniques and a broad spectrum of research approaches within the training network – from imaging at synaptic resolution, genetic models and retina degeneration to the application of retinal circuit principles for signal processing in artificial vision chips.


Host Institute / Senior scientist(s) Research Project Job details
UNITED KINGDOM: University of Sussex
Tom Baden
Lab website
Contact: thomas.baden(at)
Synaptic computations at the bipolar cell-to-ganglion cell synapse (Work Package 1 – ESR 3) PDF
GERMANY: University of Oldenburg
Karin Dedek
Lab website
Contact: karin.dedek(at)
Role of bipolar cell-to-bipolar cell and bipolar cell-to-amacrine cell coupling in the mouse retina

(Work Package 1 – ESR 4)
Position filled
NORWAY: University of Bergen, Norway
Margaret Veruki, Espen Hartveit
Lab website
Contact: margaret.veruki(at)
Application website: JobbNorge
Dynamic and integrative properties of cone bipolar cells (Work Package 1 – ESR 5) Position filled
UNITED KINGDOM: University of Sussex
Leon Lagnado
Lab website
Contact: l.lagnado(at)
How do amacrine cells control the bipolar cell drive to the retina's "switchboard"? (Work Package 1 – ESR 6) Position filled
NETHERLANDS: Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam
Maarten Kamermans
Lab website
Contact: m.kamermans(at)
Information flow in bipolar cells: from the photoreceptors to the retina's "switch board" (Work Package 1 – ESR 7) Position filled
GERMANY: Center for Integrative Neuroscience/University of Tübingen
Timm Schubert
Contact: timm.schubert(at)
Alterations in bipolar cell function due to degeneration of the outer retina (Work Package 2 – ESR 2) Position filled
NETHERLANDS: Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam
Maarten Kamermans
Lab website
Contact: m.kamermans(at)
A possible role for ON bipolar cells in congenital Nystagmus (Work Package 2 – ESR 13) Position filled
AUSTRIA: Universität Innsbruck
Alexandra Koschak
Lab website
Contact: alexandra.koschak(at)
Effects of L-type calcium channels on bipolar cell responses in retinal diseases (Work Package 2 – ESR 9) Position filled
ITALY: National Research Council, Pisa
Enrica Strettoi
Bipolar cells in RP: Influence of the age of phenotype manifestation on the nature and severity of remodelling (Work Package 2 – ESR 10) Position filled
AUSTRIA: Universität Innsbruck
Aleaxandra Koschak
Lab website
Contact: alexandra.koschak(at) in collaboration with
ITALY: National Research Council, Pisa, Italy
Enrica Strettoi
Lab website
Contact: enrica.strettoi(at)
Rewiring of bipolar cells in CSNB2: morphological and functional consequences (Work Package 2 – ESR 14) Position filled
GERMANY: Center for Integrative Neuroscience/University of Tübingen
Thomas Euler, Matthias Bethge
Lab website
Contact: thomas(at), matthias(at)
Image transformations by the retinal bipolar cell ensemble (Work Package 3 – ESR 1) Position filled
AUSTRIA: Vienna University of Technology
Frank Rattay
Lab website
Contact: frank.rattay(at)
Simulation of the synaptic exocytosis of bipolar cells in the electrically stimulated retina (Work Package 3 – ESR 8) Position filled
GERMANY: Multi Channel Systems, Reutlingen
Clemens Boucsein
Company website
Contact: boucsein(at) in collaboration with
NMI Reutlingen
Günther Zeck
Lab website
Contact: Guenther.Zeck(at)
Electrically imaging bipolar cells using high-density multi-electrode arrays (Work Package 3 – ESR 11) Position filled
ISRAEL: EKB Technologies Ltd., Bat-Yam
Yuval + Sharon Kapellner Rabinovitz
Company website
Contact: yuval_k(at),
Development of a new DMD-based multi-disciplinary light modulation and beam shaping architecture (Work Package 3 – ESR 12) PDF
SWITZERLAND: iniLabs GmbH, Zuerich
Tobi Delbruck, Sim Bamford
Company website
Contact: sim.bamford(at)
Integration of multiple sensor modalities in a silicon retina camera (Work Package 3 – ESR 15) Position filled

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant (PhD student) must not have resided in country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.

  • No PhD, but master of equal degree
  • In possession of degree which allows to start a doctorate / PhD thesis in a relevant scientific or medical discipline (i.e. Biology, Biotechnologies, Medicine, Pharmacy etc.)
  • In the first 4 years of research career


If you are interested, get in contact with us:

Scientific Coordinator

Prof. Thomas Euler

Ophthalmic Research
University of Tuebingen
Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience
Otfried-Müller-Str. 25
D-72076 Tübingen

Phone: +49 7071 29-85028
Fax: +49 7071 29-5777
E-mail: thomas.euler(at)

Project Manager

Dr. Michaela Bitzer

Centre for Ophthalmology
Institute for Ophthalmic Research
Research Management Unit
Elfriede-Aulhorn-Straße 7
72076 Tuebingen

Phone +49 70 71 29 87099
Fax +49 70 71 29 3774
E-mail: michaela.bitzer(at)