Raquel is looking for a Postdoc Position

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I am finishing my PhD at the end of 2022 and I am looking for a Postdoc position to start in March-April 2023.

Who am I?

I am a curious and committed scientist, resourceful, creative and willing to put in time and energy for a cause or a goal. I enjoy working in a team and the discussion that derive from such interactions, as I believe this is the way to be dynamic, novel and move forward. From all the skills I have developed, data analysis and interpretation is one of my favorites and I want to continue improving it during my Postdoc.

My Moto

“Leave it better than you found it.”

Manuscripts (in preparation)

1) Sandoval Ortega RA, Renard M, de Luna P, Cohen MX, Nevian T. “Sleep dependent Modulation of Somatosensation in the Anterior Cingulate and Somatosensory Cortices in Mice”

2) Sandoval Ortega RA, Renard M, de Luna P, Cohen MX, Nevian T.  “Chronic Pain Increases Signal Auto correlation in the Anterior Cingulate and Somatosensory Cortices by first Affecting Sleep and then Wake”

Scientific Communications

Since 2020 I have presented 16 posters  and given 8 talks (5 of which I was invited) in national and international conferences/Universities. Go to complete list.

Awarded Grants

During my PhD I have received 10 grants of the following categories: Doctoral Mobility, Travel Fellowships, Funds to organize scientific events. Go to complete list.

What are my Skills?

During my time as a PhD, I have developed very strong competences on data management, analysis and interpretation, in vivo electrophysiological recordings and small rodents surgery (peripheral, intracranial). Coding language: Python. See complete list.

Education and Scientific Experience

I am currently a PhD student in the lab of Prof. Thomas Nevian at the University of Bern. My project is on the "The Thalamic Gating of Painful Stimuli during Sleep and Wake in Health and Disease" and is part of the Interfaculty Research Cooperation "Decoding Sleep" of the University of Bern.

In this project I am interested in studying the neural substrates of the interaction between pain and sleep. Using intracranial tetrodes, I recorded the electrophysiological activity of pain-related brain areas under multiple conditions.
In addition, I have established all the necessary techniques and protocols to conduct these new type of experiments in the lab. These include the design, creation and management of: surgical procedures for intracranial tetrodes implantation, the recording room, the recording setup, the experimental protocol, the data management platform and the data analysis pipeline.

In 2021 I earned a mobility grant to join Prof. Mike X Cohen lab and learn advanced analysis methods for neural time series analysis. Besides to contributing to knowledge transfer during my stay, I am applying my new skills on data analysis to a large dataset I have collected during my PhD.

See complete education and scientific experience here.

Teaching and Supervision Experience

Supervisor of master student and later research assistant (Margot Renard – soon: PhD at University of Lausanne, CH). Tutor of medicine students. More info here.

Board Membership & Organization of Scientific Meetings

I am the Founder and President of the Neuro Meetups Bern. I have been involved in the committee board of the young Swiss Society for Neuroscience as President (2019 - 2021), Treasurer (2021 - 2022) and Social Media Manager (2019). In addition, I have been the City Coordinator of the Pint of Science festival organized in Bern (CH) in 2019 and 2020. See complete list here.

Hobbies and Things I enjoy

Because as a researcher one invests a lot of time in the lab, and therefore, with the lab mates, it is important to me to join a lab with a healthy team culture, collaborative and friendly. I hope that my hobbies can be a guide to decide whether I can fit, and be a happy and productive Postdoc in your lab.

Did you like my profile? Contact me via raquel.sandoval[at]unibe.ch.