[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral positions and PhD studentships in Computational Neuroscience

Christian Igel Christian.Igel at neuroinformatik.ruhr-uni-bochum.de
Tue Dec 19 23:56:20 CET 2006

Dear colleagues,

We seek motivated postdocs and PhD students for a period of up to 3
years to join our new Bernstein research group "The grounding of
higher brain function in dynamic neural fields" at the Ruhr-University
Bochum, Germany:


The Bernstein group aims at a research program in which theory and
experiment are strongly coupled to uncover how higher neural function,
including behavior and elementary forms of cognition, emerge from
spatio-temporally continuous neural dynamics that are closely coupled
to the sensory and motor surfaces and adaptive to sensory and motor

The research themes are organized around the concept of dynamic
neuronal activation fields, which are estimated from neuronal data and
described by neuronal network models to understand perceptual pattern
formation, learning, and decision making. The successful candidates
will work together with the principal investigators of the research
group, Gregor Schöner, Dirk Jancke, and Christian Igel. There is a
large and lively neuroscience community in Bochum involving the
faculties of Biology, Medicine, Psychology, and Chemistry as well as
the Institut für Neuroinformatik. The Ruhr-University Bochum also
hosts an International Graduate School of Neuroscience and a
collaborative research center on neural vision.

Although we seek individuals with multidisciplinary interests,
applicants may be either more biased towards the computational or
towards the experimental sciences. Qualified experimentalists will
combine novel in vivo voltage-sensitive dye imaging with
electrophysiological techniques in visual cortical areas. Candidates
for the PhD student positions with a strong mathematical background
and a keen interest in neuroscience are particularly welcome.
Experience in modeling using dynamical systems is a plus. Potential
postdocs should have a strong research record in (computational)

Salary is according to the German federal pay scale TVoD 13 and TVoD
13/2 for postdoctoral and PhD student positions, respectively (TVoD 13
corresponds to the former Bat IIa). Applications will be accepted
until the positions are filled. Possible starting date is 1 March
2007. The Ruhr-University Bochum is an equal opportunity employer.

Inquiries and applications (including CV, statement of interest, names
of potential references) should be send via email to:
info at computational-neuroscience-bochum.de

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