LAB VISITS

 

HBP Lab visits

 

The HBP Education Programme is collecting information on lab visits offered by HBP partners. A list of contacts can be found below. Please note that applications have to be sent directly to the respective lab.

Lab visits are a possibility for applicants to develop new technical or conceptual expertise for implementation in their research as well as their home institute's research programme. The target group are early career researchers who:

  • Work for an HBP Partner Institution and want to visit an HBP laboratory other than their own
  • Do not work for an HBP Partner Institution and want to visit an HBP Partner laboratory

 

If you are interested in offering lab visits, please fill out the HBP  Lab Visit opportunities form  and send it to education@humanbrainproject.eu.

 

HBP LABS DIRECTORY

Do you want to gain practical experience and learn new scientific methods? Have a look at our directory of lab visits offered by HBP partners: 

Computational Neuroscience Laboratory, Institute of Biophysics

CNR, Italy

 

Lab visit description:

Hands-on activities related to the HBP Brain Simulation Platform and cellular level model of the hippocampus.

 

Scientific methods offered to the student:

  • Computational neuroscience methods for cellular level modelling (NEURON, python)
  • Tools and implementation strategies used within the HBP Brain Simulation Platform

 

Duration of lab visit Up to 2 weeks
Costs covered by lab Research material, accsess to HPC systems, office space
Costs to be covered by participants Travel costs, accommodation, living expenses
Required language skills English (working knowledge)

 

 

 

 

 

Application details:

Please include the following information in your application:

  • Name of current supervisor
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • Passport picture page
  • Recommendation letter by supervisor/mentor
  • Short motivation letter for choosing the lab
  • Statement of funding availability for travel and subsistence costs during the visit

 

Applications will be evaluated as soon as they are received. The decision will be based on the information provided by the student, the requested period for the visit, and the number of concurrent visits, which cannot be more than 5 at any time.

 

Application to be sent via email to:

Michele Migliore

michele.migliore@cnr.it, CC to alessia.bonafede@pa.ibf.cnr.it

Institute for Neuroscience and Medicine: Structural and functional organisation of the brain (INM-1)

Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

 

Lab visit description:

The INM-1 focuses on the development of a three-dimensional model of the human brain based on cyto- and receptor architectonic, genetic and functional data as well as on information regarding connectivity between different brain regions. For further information visit the lab website:

http://www.fz-juelich.de/inm/inm-1/EN/Home/home_node.html;jsessionid=3C8FD0E0E794F4531D8D7F95A5D61E76

 

Scientific methods offered to the student:

·       Lab visit – brain slicing, staining, labelling (receptor autoradiography) etc. (duration: 2 weeks)

·       Cytoarchitectonic mapping (duration: 3 months)

·       Polarized light imaging (duration: 3 months)

·       Receptor architectonic mapping (duration: 4 months)
 

Duration of lab visit 2 weeks – 4 months (depends on topic)
Costs covered by lab Lab material 
Costs to be covered by participants Travel costs, accommodation
Required language skills English; German beneficial but not mandatory

 

 

 

 

Application details:

Please include the following information in your application:

  • Name, degree
  • Description of current research topic and motivation for the lab visit
  • Name of the current supervisor
  • Short statement by supervisor why lab visit is beneficial for the applicant
  • CV
  • Copy of highest university degree
  • Copy of passport

 

Application to be sent via email to:

Dr Sabine Bradler

s.bradler@fz-juelich.de

Institute for Neuroscience and Medicine: Computational and Systems Neuroscience (INM-6 / IAS-6)

Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

 

Lab visit description:

Techniques to record neuronal data from single neurons and population of neurons are rapidly improving. Meanwhile, recordings are possible from hundreds of channels simultaneously while animals perform complex tasks. Thus also the analysis of such data becomes increasingly challenging. In addition, progress in simulation technology and computer hardware enable the simulation of full-scale models to interpret such data. The lab visit aims at providing deeper insights in state-of-the-art analysis or simulation approaches. The course is addressed to excellent master and PhD students and young researchers who are interested in learning advanced techniques in data analytics and simulation and in getting hands-on experience in computational neuroscience.

Experienced researchers will help the visitor to learn how to operate one of two complex software packages of the HBP efficiently and safely. Participants will analyse provided data on their own using the tool box Elephant or will learn how to carry out neuronal network simulation with NEST.

 

Scientific methods offered to participants:

  • Neuronal network simulations with NEST. NEST is a simulator for spiking neural network models that focuses on the dynamics, size and structure of neural systems rather than on the exact morphology of individual neurons. The student can also learn to extend the simulator according to need.
     
  • Analysis of electrophysiological data with Elephant. Elephant is an open-source Python library that provides tools for the analysis of neuronal activity data, such as spike trains, local field potentials and intracellular data. Elephant focuses on generic tools that characterize the coordinated dynamics of large neural populations and methods that analyse the relationship of data recorded on multiple scales of observation. The student can also learn to extend the toolbox to need.

 

Duration of lab visit 3 days
Costs covered by lab All material and computing time
Costs to be covered by participants Travel costs, accommodation
Required language skills English

 

 

 

 

Application details:

Please include the following information in your application:

  • short description of programming experience
  • CV
  • Letter of motivation

 

Applications are reviewed every 2 months and participants are selected according to qualification and success likelihood.

 

Application to be sent via email to:

Dr Maren Frings

m.frings@fz-juelich.de

Institute for Neuroscience and Medicine: Brain and Behaviour (INM-7)

FZ Jülich, Germany

 

Lab visit description:

The goal of the INM-7 is to obtain a more detailed characterisation of the organisation of the human brain and its inter-individual variability in order to better understand its changes in advanced age as well as neurological and psychiatric disorders. Based on this knowledge, new approaches for diagnosis and outcome prediction at the level of individual patients are developed. We pursue this objective by combining multi-modal MR imaging, detailed neuropsychological characterisation and innovative methods of data analysis and simulation. An important focus of the institute is to provide the developed tools and results to the scientific public in the form of software and data sets enabling the broad use of our research.

Further information: http://www.fz-juelich.de/inm/inm-7/DE/Home/home_node.html

 

Scientific methods offered to the student (minimum stay 2 months):

  • Neuroimaging analytics and brain-behaviour relationships
  • Meta-analytics and data-base driven modelling of brain activation patterns
  • Clinical neuroimaging and individual prediction of clinical states
  • Simulation and modelling of brain dynamics

 

Duration of lab visit 2 weeks – 4 months (depends on topic)
Costs covered by lab Lab material, computational resources
Costs to be covered by participants Travel costs, accommodation
Required language skills English; German beneficial but not mandatory

 

 

 

 

Application details:

Please include the following information in your application:

  • Name, degree
  • Description of current research topic and motivation for the lab visit
  • Name of the current supervisor
  • Short statement by supervisor why lab visit is beneficial for the applicant
  • CV
  • Copy of highest university degree
  • Copy of passport

 

Application to be sent via email to:

Prof Dr Simon Eickhoff

S.Eickhoff@fz-juelich.de

Laboratory for Neuro- and Psychophysiology

KU Leuven, Belgium

 

Lab visit description:

Observation of experiments

 

Scientific methods offered to the student:

  • MRI in nonhuman primates
  • Behavioural experiments in nonhuman primates
  • Electrophysiology in nonhuman primates
  • Electrical microstimulation and optogenetics in nonhuman primates

 

Duration of lab visit 2-3 days
Costs covered by lab Research material
Costs to be covered by participants Travel costs, accommodation
Required language skills English

 







Application details:

Please include the following information in your application:

  • Name of current supervisor
  • CV
  • Skills list
  • Recommendation letter
  • Copy of passport
  • Recent TB test (< 6 months old, needs to be negative)

 

Application to be sent via email to:

Wim Vanduffel
wim.vanduffel@kuleuven.be

IDLab

Ghent University, Belgium

 

Lab visit description:

Spiking closed loop motor control of robots with passive compliance and imprecise behaviour

 

Scientific methods offered to the student (any or a combination of the following):

  • Experimental work: robot construction, model calibration, evaluation of control strategies
  • Simulation models (SP10 NRP) and transfer from simulation to real world
  • Population rate based spiking neural networks: architecture, online learning (Nest/SpiNNaker)
     
Duration of lab visit Any
Costs covered by lab Use of robots and lab materials
Costs to be covered by participants Travel costs, accommodation, daily expenses, transportation, insurance, etc.
Interns can apply for a room in the Ghent University Housing facilities
Required language skills English (fluent)


Application details:

Application deadline: At least 2 months before start of lab visit for EU-citizens (longer for students who need to apply for a visa)

Please include the following information in your application:

  • PDF copy of diploma & grades listing, courses
  • Current (HBP) research group, supervisor and activities within HBP
  • Publication list
  • Motivation letter with a proposed research plan
  • Recommendation letter(s) of one or multiple HBP PIs
  • Copy of passport

 

Applications will be evaluated w.r.t. skills level of the student and suitability of desired activities within the lab's research plan. Writer of recommendation letter will be contacted. Upon positive initial evaluation, students will be invited for a skype interview to further assess fluency in English, interests and motivation, and skills.

 

Application to be sent via email to:

Joni Dambre

joni.dambre@ugent.be

Parietal team, Inria-CEA 

Saclay, France

 

Scientific methods offered to the student:

  • Human brain imaging
  • Data analysis
  • Statistics
  • Machine learning
  • Python programming

 

Duration of lab visit 1 week – 2 months
Costs covered by lab Company restaurant 
Costs to be covered by participants Travel costs, accommodation; students should bring their own laptops
Required language skills  

 

 





Application details:


Please include the following information in your application:

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV

 

For long stays, the administrative application may take 2 to 3 months.

 

Application to be sent via email to:

Bertrand Thirion

bertrand.thirion@inria.fr

Department of Computer Science

Middlesex University, UK

 

Lab visit description:

At Middlesex, we develop simulated and emulated neural agents. We are happy to support you in developing your own agents.

 

Scientific methods offered to the student:

  • We develop neural agents.
     
  • We develop neural topologies as brain models
     
  • We link these to virtual environments and robots
     
  • We develop these environment and robots with and without the Neurorobotics Platform
     
  • We emulate these agents in SpiNNaker, simulate them in Nest, and work via the web platform and the internet to use BrainScaleS

 

Duration of lab visit Up to 1 month
Costs covered by lab Middlesex will provide researchers research material, access to HBP resources, and office space.
Costs to be covered by participants Travel costs, accommodation
Required language skills English

 

 

 

 

 


Application details:

Please include the following information in your application:
 

  • CV
  • Letter of motivation

 

Application to be sent via email to:

Chris Huyck
c.huyck@mdx.ac.uk

FZI Research Center for Information Technology 

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

 

Lab visit description:

Hands-on activities related to the HBP Neurorobotics Platform and spiking closed loop motor control of robots.

 

Scientific methods offered to the student:
 

  • Tools and implementation strategies used within the HBP Neurorobotics Platform
     
  • Simulation of neuronal models in Nest and Nengo
     
  • Machine learning
     
  • Python programming

 

Duration of lab visit 1 week – 3 months
Costs covered by lab Research material, use of robots and lab material, office space
Costs to be covered by participants Travel costs, accommodation, living expenses, insurance
Required language skills English 

 

 

 

 


Application details:


Please include the following information in your application:

  • Current (HBP) research group, supervisor and activities within HBP
  • Short description of programming experience
  • Letter of motivation
  • List of publications
  • CV
     

Applications will be evaluated as soon as they are received. The decision will be based on the information provided by the student, the requested period for the visit, and the number of other applicants.

 

Application to be sent via email to:

Arne Rönnau
roennau@fzi.de

Computational neuroscience and data analysis lab

PI D. Marinazzo, Ghent University, Belgium

 

Lab visit description:

The students will be introduced to the concept of large-scale brain modelling in healthy and clinical populations. According to their expertise and preferences, the students will learn how to process and analyse data, or how to model neural populations, or to perform analyses on real and modelled data.

 

Scientific methods offered to the student (any or a combination of the following):

  • Large scale brain modelling
  • Neuroimaging data (EEG/fMRI/Diffusion) processing and analysis
  • Time series analysis

 

Duration of lab visit

2 weeks - 3 months

Period

May-June or August-October 2019

Costs covered by lab

Research material, work insurance unless already provided by the student’s institution

Costs to be covered by participants

Travel costs, accommodation

Required language skills

Good English, written and spoken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application details:

Application deadline: Preferably until early June 2019

 

Please include the following information in your application:

  • Motivation letter
  • Research context of the student
  • Copy of passport
  • Current address

 

Applications will be evaluated by the supervisor and assigned on a first come, first served basis to compatible candidates.

Application to be sent via email to: daniele.marinazzo@ugent.be

PRECISE – Platform for Single Cell Genomics and Epigenomics

DZNE, Germany

 

Lab visit description:

Observation of scRNA-Seq experiments. For more information regarding the lab please visit the website: https://www.dzne.de/forschung/precise/

 

Scientific methods offered to the student (any or a combination of the following):

  • scRNA-Seq: SeqWell, Smart-Seq2

 

 

Duration of lab visit

1 week

Period

Year round - subject to arrangement

Costs covered by lab

Research material

Costs to be covered by participants

Travel costs, accommodation

Required language skills

English

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application details:

Please include the following information in your application:

  • Name
  • Description of current research topic and motivation for lab visit
  • Name of supervisor
  • Short statement by supervisor why lab visit is beneficial for the applicant
  • CV
  • Copy of highest university degree
  • Copy of passport

 

Applications will be evaluated as soon as they are received. The decision will be based on information provided by the student, the lab's research plan, and the number of other applicants. Administrative prearrangements prior to visit may take 2 months.

 

Application to be sent via email to: Kristian Händler | kristian.haendler@dzne.de

 

Department of Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience

University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

Lab visit description:

 

The visitor will get experience in one or more of the methods below and will collaborate with HBP on one of the following tasks: (1) neurophysiology of multisensory integration, episodic memory and object recognition in rodents; (2) generative models of cortical networks; (3) decoding of scene information in conscious and unconscious states or (4) data analysis, curation, and computing with recurrent networks. Our team will support the visitor with guidance throughout the techniques.

 

Scientific methods offered to the student (any or a combination of the following):

  • Rodent behavioural training 
  • In vivo chronic electrophysiological recordings
  • Optogenetics
  • 2-photon calcium imaging
  • Computational modelling
  • Advanced data analysis

 

Duration of lab visit

6 months

Period

Start in September 19 until end of February 20

Costs covered by lab

Research material, basic facilities (internet, desk, participation to experiments and modelling), supervision

Costs to be covered by participants

Travel costs and accommodation must be covered by the visiting student or the institution of origin.

Required language skills

English

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application details:

Application deadline: 15 July 2019

Please include the following information in your application:

  • Name of the applicant
  • Name of institution of origin
  • Name of current supervisor
  • Publication list
  • CV, diplomas and motivation letter (in one PDF)
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Grades list, courses and transcript
  • Copy of passport

The candidate will send the complete application to the email addresses below, and will be evaluated by the supervisors, who will communicate their decision at the earliest convenience.

Application to be sent via email to: c.m.a.pennartz@uva.nlh.e.bodde@uva.nl and C.A.BosmanVittini@uva.nl.