[Comp-neuro] Three PhD positions in Computational Neuroscience

Sen Cheng sen.cheng at rub.de
Wed Jan 27 23:28:03 CET 2010

Applications are invited for

Three PhD positions in Computational Neuroscience

in the research unit of Prof. Sen Cheng at the Ruhr University Bochum
in Germany. Our unit investigates the theoretical basis for learning
and memory processes at the neuronal circuit level. A special emphasis
is placed on the dynamics of the learning process, which largely has
been neglected up to date. Access to experimental data such as
electrophysiological and EEG recordings and behavioral data can be
facilitated through collaboration with experimental groups both on
campus and at other institutions worldwide.

The Ruhr University Bochum is home to a vibrant research community in
neuroscience. Students will be encouraged to join the International
Graduate School of Neuroscience and interact with the Institute of
Neuroinformatics. Our unit is one of three units in the newly formed
Mercator Research Group "Structure of Memory". The group is funded by
the Stiftung Mercator and investigates episodic and semantic memory
processes and their relation to other cognitive functions. It
comprises a diverse and interdisciplinary team of philosophers and
experimental as well as theoretical neuroscientists. The main language
of communication in the group is English.

The successful applicants will have a background in either
neuroscience or a quantitative science such as physics, mathematics,
or engineering. Experience in computational neuroscience is not
required, but a familiarity with quantitative data analysis methods
and/or mathematical or computer models will be an asset. For further
information see www.rub.de/cns. To apply please send a letter stating
your motivation and your research interests, a complete CV, and the
names and email addresses of at least two referees to mrg1 at rub.de by
March 7th, 2010.

The Ruhr University Bochum is committed to equal opportunity. We
strongly encourage applications from qualified women and persons with

Stiftung Mercator, one of Germany's largest foundations, initiates and
funds projects that promote better educational opportunities in
schools and universities. In the spirit of Gerhard Mercator, it
supports initiatives that embody the idea of open-mindedness and
tolerance through intercultural encounters, sharing of knowledge and
culture. The foundation provides a platform for new ideas to enable
people – regardless of their national, cultural or social background –
to develop their personality, become involved in society and make the
most of the opportunities available to them.
The Ruhr University Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research
universities. The University draws its strengths from both the
diversity and the proximity of scientific and engineering disciplines
on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting enables
students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries of
academic subjects and faculties. Host to 32,600 students and 4,700
staff, the Ruhr University is a vital institution in the Ruhr area,
which has been selected as European Capital of Culture for the year

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