ESR6 : Spatial maps in bats under visual and echolocation control


Supervisor Nachum Ulanovsky, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel. in collaboration with SISSA. The hippocampus can encode multiple representations of the same spatial context, when different cues are available. This can be demonstrated in a powerful way in flying bats, which use both vision and echolocation. Spatial maps appear orthogonalised between vision and echolocation. We will extend these experiments by gradually changing the light levels, and observe the transition between vision- and echolocation-related regimes, to see whether it is a graded or abrupt one and whether the two regimes may coexist or show hysteresis. The data will be analysed based on SISSA’s expertise from previous work with NTNU, and used for theoretical models by other partners in M-GATE.

Specific requirements and application procedure Candidates should have a background in exact sciences, biology, or neuroscience. Being conversant with mathematics, statistics, and programming is a must. Electrical engineering experience is a plus. Previous experience with electrophysiology and/or optogenetics also a plus.

Candidates should apply by sending a CV, a brief outline of current research, scientific interests and career goals, as well as the name and contact details of at least two academic references to Dr. Nachum Ulanovsky (nachum.ulanovsky[!at!]  and a copy of the application dossier to the  MGATE management (info[!at!]