Post-Doc position : Understanding how Focal Cortical Dysplasia (FCD) promotes Epilepsy. (Poncer laboratory, Institut du Fer à Moulin, Paris, France, 3 years)


A fully funded 36-month postdoc position is open immediately in the Poncer laboratory at the Institut du Fer à Moulin, Paris, to study the cellular determinants of epileptic networks associated with focal cortical dysplasia. This ANR-funded collaborative project brings together 3 leading European groups in the fields of neurodevelopment and epilepsy (S Baulac at the Paris Brain Institute, JC Poncer at IFM, and D Jabaudon at Univ. Geneva).

Cortical malformations are a major cause of childhood epilepsy and are often caused by germline mutations but also by somatic mutations affecting only a subset of neurons. Such brain mosaicism is implicated in several neurodevelopmental disorders and cortical malformations, including focal cortical dysplasia (FCD), which is the most common developmental malformation causing refractory epilepsy.

Our project aims to understand how FCD promotes epilepsy. Specifically, we wish to explore the molecular and circuit basis of cortical malformation and epileptogenesis in FCD. By combining single-cell transcriptomics and electrophysiological studies on postoperative tissue from human FCD patients and a clinically relevant mouse model, we will functionally interrogate specific molecular pathways and cell subtypes and their contribution to circuit hyperexcitability.

The Institut du Fer à Moulin is a research center affiliated with Inserm and the Sorbonne University, located in the heart of the Latin Quarter in Paris. It hosts 8 research teams focusing on neurodevelopment and nervous system disorders and 3 state-of-the-art experimental platforms for photonic microscopy, cell engineering and behavioural exploration. The Institut du Fer a Moulin supports the Alba initiative and guarantees equal opportunities.

Information about position

The successful candidate will join a dynamic, multidisciplinary research team focused on the molecular and cellular determinants of epileptic networks, with expertise ranging from single molecule tracking approaches to in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology.

He/she will perform in vitro electrophysiological recordings (patch-seq combined with LFP) from postoperative human brain tissue and brain slices from animal FCD models to correlate pathological network activity
with single-molecule electrophysiological and transcriptomic signatures.

He/she will also participate in consortium activities including annual scientific meetings, progress reports, and interaction with patient organizations for outreach activities.


Candidates should have a PhD in neuroscience and a strong background in in vitro slice electrophysiology (patch clamp). Excellent teamwork and communication skills in English are required.

How to apply?

To apply, please send a CV, a brief description of experience and research interests, and the names and email addresses of two references to

Useful links

  1. Paris Brain Institute:
  2. Institut du Fer à Moulin:
  3. University of Geneva:
  4. Recent lab publications :

Silencing KCC2 in mouse dorsal hippocampus compromises spatial and contextual memory.

Gephyrin interacts with the K-Cl co-transporter KCC2 to regulate its surface expression and function in cortical neurons.