Postdoctoral position in basic cardiac electrophysiology

University of Bern
March 18, 2023
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Postdoctoral position in basic cardiac electrophysiology

cardiac arrhythmias, action potential, bioelectricity, physiology, biophysics

A postdoctoral position in cardiac electrophysiology is immediately available for 2 years (prolongation based on performance) at the Department of Physiology of the University of Bern. We pursue a deeper understanding of fundamental mechanisms underlying action potential propagation and address the question how unstable action potential dynamics are involved in cardiac arrhythmias. Our interdisciplinary approach involves experiments (cardiac cell cultures grown on microelectrode arrays, patch clamp experiments, optical mapping) and mathematical modeling (computer simulations of the action potential). Specific projects will focus on new approaches to assess the stability of cardiac conduction (action potential propagation) and the mechanisms of alternans (the alternation of action potential duration from beat to beat).


  • Prepare murine cardiac cell cultures
  • Conduct electrophysiological experiments with these cultures as well as with isolated cardiac myocytes
  • Analyze the results with advanced custom algorithms
  • Collaborate on the modeling aspects of the research projects
  • Requirements

    A Ph.D. degree in a related discipline and prior hands-on experience (documented by publications) with basic experimental electrophysiological techniques are required. The candidate must be motivated to learn new methods, be able to think critically and to solve problems, and be able to work independently as well as in a team. Good oral and written communication in English is essential. Capacities in mathematics and computer programming and the motivation to apply these skills for the analysis of experimental data and for the development of models represent a great advantage. Knowledge of German would allow the candidate to gain experience in teaching undergraduate students (practical workshops, problem-based learning tutorials).

    We offer

  • Salary according to the guidelines of the University of Bern.
  • The University of Bern is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all individuals who contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.
  • The presence of other cardiac electrophysiology research groups in our Department (https: // and our integration in the Cardiovascular Research Cluster Bern (https: // www. provide the opportunity for many collaborations and scientific exchange.
  • Interested candidates are invited to send a cover letter describing their interests, scientific accomplishments and previous experience, a CV with a list of publications, contact information for references, as well as a copy of the PhD degree certificate (in one PDF file).

    For further inquiries and applications: Prof. Jan P. Kucera, Department of Physiology [email protected]


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