[Comp-neuro] Two PhD positions on computational models of motor control in the basal ganglia, University of Freiburg, Germany

Janina Kirsch kirsch at bcf.uni-freiburg.de
Mon Apr 22 17:41:48 CEST 2013

Two PhD positions on computational models of motor control in the basal

Two PhD positions are available in the new junior research group of Robert
Schmidt in the excellence cluster BrainLinks-BrainTools in Freiburg. We
currently assemble a young, ambitious research team to study neural
foundations of action selection, initiation and execution at the
intersection of computational and experimental neuroscience.

One of our major goals is to develop a new generation of computational
models of the basal ganglia that provide novel treatment strategies for
neurological disorders like Parkinson's disease. To develop these models we
make use of large existing data sets of electrophysiological recordings from
rats performing behavioral tasks. The projects include collaborations with
computational and experimental groups in Freiburg (e.g. Bernstein Center),
but also internationally (e.g. University of Michigan, USA; CNRS Bordeaux,

The ideal candidate has profound neurobiological knowledge, programming
skills (e.g. Matlab or Python), and mathematical expertise. High motivation
and interest in neuroscientific research is mandatory. Applicants with
degrees from interdisciplinary programs such as computational neuroscience
or cognitive science are highly welcome, but applicants from other
disciplines such as biology or physics are also strongly encouraged to

The positions are for three years each (65% TV-L E13) and are starting in
August 2013 (or later). Please send your CV together with a brief research
statement (max. 2 pages) as PDF files to
basal-ganglia at brainlinks-braintools.uni-freiburg.de. The application
deadline is the 31st May, 2013.

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