[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral Researcher at MPI Leipzig

Thomas Knoesche knoesche at cbs.mpg.de
Mon Nov 27 13:19:45 CET 2017

Dear colleagues,

the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI-CBS, Leipzig, Germany) in seeking a
Postdoctoral Researcher for a period of 3 years.

The position is part of a collaboration between the Pompeu Fabra University at Barcelona, (G. Deco) and the MPI-CBS (A.D. Friederici, A. Anwander, T.R. Knösche), entitled "The Dynamic Connectome Underlying Language in the Brain"
financed by the DFG priority program “Computational Connectomics”. You will work in a multidisciplinary team of computational and cognitive neuroscientists, imaging experts, biomedical engineers, neurologists, etc. The MPI-CBS offers excellent research facilities and prime imaging equipment (including 7T and CONNECTOM scanners).

Project Description

The neural language network is well described by systematic neuroscientific studies and may serve as an example for large scale cognitive networks within the human connectome. Important parameters of dynamic network models concern the structural/effective  connectivity between brain areas. These connections are realized by bundles of axons with variable density, myelination status, and diameters. This results in complex transfer behavior, which is likely to have a profound influence onto the dynamics of the entire network.
We plan to (i) establish a mathematical model for the transfer function between brain areas through fiber bundles, (ii) parameterize this model with individually measured white matter microstructure (acquired partly using novel high-gradient MR technology – CONNECTOM) and general data from the literature, (iii) incorporate this model into a dynamic network model (iv) explore the effect of the parameters onto the dynamics of canonical network architectures, (v) validate the model with electrophysiological calibration experiments, and (vi) use it to establish relations between language function and microstructural properties of brain tissue.

The successful applicant should have a strong background in Computational Neuroscience, preferably including a PhD thesis in that area. Experience with modeling dynamic systems in neuroscience is necessary. A fair degree of neurobiological and neuroimaging understanding will be an advantage.
Remuneration is based on the payscale of the Max Planck Society. The Max Planck society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.
Please submit your application via our online system at http://www.cbs.mpg.de/vacancies (using subject heading “PD 24/17”).

Closing date for applications is  December 15th, 2017. Contact for informal enquiries regarding the post: PD Dr.habil. Thomas R. Knösche (knoesche at cbs.mpg.de). For more information about the group see: http://www.cbs.mpg.de/methods-and-development-groups/meg-and-cortical-networks

PD Dr.habil. Thomas R. Knösche
Group Leader
Research group "Cortical Networks and Cognitive Functions"
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Stephanstraße 1A, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
Phone: +49 341 9940-2619
Fax: +49 341 9940 2624
Email: knoesche at cbs.mpg.de

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