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PhD student position in neuroscience: neural bases of appetitive and aversive memories

from June 15, 2020 to August 15, 2020

Team “Molecular and Neural Coding of Behavior”
Department of Neuroscience
Institute of Functional Genomics,
University of Montpellier
Montpellier (France)

Our research aims to study the neural circuit and mechanisms of appetitive and aversive memories in mice by combining electrophysiological, anatomical, behavioral (learning and memory tasks) and genetics-based techniques. The project involves stereotaxic surgeries, image acquisition/analysis, in vivo electrophysiology, optogenetics and dataanalysis.

A PhD position is open in the team “Molecular and Neural Coding of Behavior” to work with Stephanie Trouche (1) at the Department of Neuroscience, Institute of Functional Genomics, CNRS, INSERM, University of Montpellier, France.


The candidate must have a background in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science or Engineering, and experience in rodentbehavior. Hands-on experience in intra-cranial surgeries, electrophysiological recordings and data analysis (Python/Matlab) would be a plus. The applicant is expected to have very goodverbal/written communication skills in English and a critical approach to scientific literature.


This position is for 3 years (ANR JCJC DYNAFEAR, PI: Stephanie Trouche), starting from Fall 2020 or early 2021.
Deadline for application is August 15th, 2020.

Applications including:

  • a 1-page cover letter
  • CV
  • a detailed statement of skills
  • contact details for two-three referees

should be sent to stephanie.trouche@igf.cnrs.fr

Selection of publications of the supervisor:

  1. Trouche S, Koren V, Doig NM, Ellender TJ, El-Gaby M, Lopes-dos-Santos V, Reeve HM, Perestenko PV, Garas FN, Magill PJ, Sharott A and Dupret D. A hippocampus-accumbens tripartite neuronal motif guides appetitive memory in space. Cell,2019 Mar 7;176(6):1393-1406.e16.
  2. Van de Ven GM, Trouche S, McNamara CG, Allen K, Dupret D. Hippocampal offline reactivation consolidates recently formed cell assembly patterns during sharp wave-ripples. Neuron, 2016 Dec 7;92(5):968-974.
  3. Trouche S, Perestenko PV, Van de Ven GM, Bratley CB, McNamara CG, Campo-Urriza N, Black SL, Reijmers LG, Dupret D. Recoding a cocaine-place memory engram to a neutral engram in the hippocampus. Nature Neuroscience, 2016 Apr;19(4):564-7.
  4. McNamara CG, Tejero-Cantero A, Trouche S, Campo-Urriza N, Dupret D. Dopaminergic neurons promote hippocampal reactivation and spatial memory persistence. Nature Neuroscience, 2014 Dec 17(12):1658-60.
  5. Trouche S, Sasaki J, Tu T, Reijmers LG. Fear extinction causes target specific remodeling of basal amygdala perisomatic synapses. Neuron, 2013 Nov20;80(4):1054-65.
Published on July 28, 2020