Vervaeke Lab

Reverse engineering cortical circuits

Inquiries about joining the lab are always welcome, not only specific to the positions described below, but also by enthusiastic students who have great ideas and are driven by a strong curiosity!


The lab is highly multidisciplinary, and home to students and postdocs from diverse fields, ranging from molecular biology and neuroscience to computer and engineering sciences, as well as those with strong mathematical backgrounds. For all inquiries, please email Koen Vervaeke: koenv (at)


As of January 2018 several PhD and postdoc positions have become available. For more information about the positions, have a look at the FENS jobs website (link PhD fellowships, and link for postdoc fellowships).



We particularly encourage students who wish to apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowships to take contact. Take contact well ahead of time so we can prepare you for the application. Find more here. The next deadline will most likely be in the second half of 2018.


For those of you who want to come with an EMBO fellowship, there next deadline will be the second Friday of Feb 2018. For more see:


Postdocs worldwide can apply for an HFSP fellowship: If you get one of these then that gives you access to apply for the HFSP career development fellowship, a fantastic stepping stone to an independent research career. The next deadline will be August or September 2018.


For postdocs from Sweden: There are fellowships from the Swedish research council to spent two years in our lab, followed by one year in a Swedish host lab. Take contact if you're interested.


For postdocs from Germany: The DFG and Leopoldina fund postdoc fellowships abroad for 2-3 years, has high acceptance rates, and come with extra funding for family support. Take contact if you're interested.


For medical students at the University of Oslo (Forskerlinjen). We strongly encourage to take a year of research experience. Take contact for available projects. See:



Unique postdoc opportunities via the ERC: 'Opening ERC teams to the world'. Funding for short-term visits up to 12 months that can possibly be extended.

Foreign researchers can now apply in their home countries to visit our lab for up to 12 months. Details differ between countries but usually salary and travel expenses can be covered. Countries included so far are: USA, Korea, Argentine, Japan, China, South Africa and Mexico, and the list is growing.


The press release and further details can be found here:


This may be an excellent opportunity to get to know the lab. We may extend your stay by another 1-2 years so a full postdoc period can be spent. You should check with your national research council about deadlines and application details. Please take contact well before the deadline. Note: It is essential that postdoc candidates have excellent publications in top-tier journals in the field of neuroscience.