[Comp-neuro] Open positions in Theoretical/Computational Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt

Gjorgjieva, Julijana gjorgjieva at brain.mpg.de
Fri Oct 7 11:08:25 CEST 2016

We invite applications for PhD positions and have openings for Master and Bachelor students interested in writing their thesis or doing internships in our group 'Computation in Neural Circuits' at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany. Postdoctoral candidates are also encouraged to inquire for open positions.

We use mathematical and computational approaches to study how neurons and the connections between them get organized into circuits that are flexible to learn, yet remain robust to external perturbations. We focus on the emergence of complex properties at the single neuron and circuit level during early development. For example, we study how synaptic plasticity, homeostasis and development of ion channel expression interact to produce functional adult circuits. We are also interested in how these specific properties emerge evolutionarily, shaped by various biophysical constraints. Our work is supported by close experimental collaborations based on different animal models, from rodent to fruit fly, giving us access to individual circuit components.

Successful applicants can work on a range of projects including theoretical model development and analytical calculations, numerical simulations, data analysis, and applications to novel datasets from collaborating labs.

Applicants should have a strong quantitative background (in mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, or related fields) and interest in interdisciplinary research. Background in neuroscience is desirable but not required, and some programming experience is necessary.

To apply for these positions, please submit the following to comp.neural.circuits at gmail.com<mailto:comp.neural.circuits at gmail.com>

1. A curriculum vitae
2. A motivation letter or a description of research interests (please explain your scientific interests, what are you strengths when working on a problem, why our group)
3. Contact details for 2-3 referees
4. A written sample of scientific research, e.g. a manuscript, thesis, or code

Our institute also hosts the IMPRS graduate school in 'Neural Circuits' which has an open call for PhD applications with a deadline of December 15, 2016: http://brain.mpg.de/graduate-studies/call.html

For more information or informal inquiries, please get in touch!

Julijana Gjorgjieva, PhD
Group Leader
Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
Max-von-Laue-Str. 4
60438 Frankfurt/Main, Germany

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