[Comp-neuro] PhD Position "UNMIXING OF NOXIOUS MECHANICAL AND HEAT STIMULI " in Berlin (Germany)

Margret Franke margret.franke at bccn-berlin.de
Wed Jun 23 10:23:03 CEST 2010

at Freie Universitaet Berlin / Bernstein Center Berlin, Germany

*Project description*
Information about noxious mechanical and heat stimuli is transmitted via
the same mechanosensory receptor neurons. The goal of our project is to
investigate how the nervous system can discriminate between these
stimuli. The PhD student will analyze electrophysiological data and
design computational network models of the circuits involved in the
decoding process.

We will closely collaborate with experimental biologists in the group of
Prof. Gary Lewin (Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin),
both in the design of experiments and analysis of data.

Our group works on neuronal network models of sensory information
processing, models of learning and memory, and on advanced methods of
spike train analysis with modeling expertise.

The project is part of the Bernstein Center for Computational
Neuroscience (BCCN) Berlin, which unites an outstanding community of
neuroscience groups in Berlin and offers many opportunities for
scientific networking, interdisciplinary discussions and a rich choice
of scientific talks and events. Berlin is one of the most affordable
metropolitan cities of the world, providing a vivid social and cultural

Salary will be according to BAT IIa 50% (about 1000€/month clear).

- Master or equivalent in physics, computer science, biology or a
    related discipline
- Proficiency in a high-level programming language such as Python, Java,
    C/C++, Matlab or similar
- A keen interest in principles of information processing in neuronal
    systems and interdisciplinary work. Background in neuroscience is a

*How to apply*
Applications including a cover letter stating your specific interest in
the position and email addresses of two references, a meaningful CV and
any relevant certificates should be sent via email to Dr. Michael
Schmuker m.schmuker at fu-berlin.de . Please state the reference number

Women are especially encouraged to apply.

Dr. Michael Schmuker
Freie Universität Berlin
Institute for Biology - Neuroinformatics

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