[visionlist] PhD position in Electrophysiology/Computational Neuroscience in Bremen, Germany (salary E13/2)

Udo Ernst udo at neuro.uni-bremen.de
Wed May 2 13:00:32 GMT 2012

*PhD position in Electrophysiology/Computational Neuroscience in Bremen, 
Germany (salary E13/2)

*The position is part of the newly established research group 'Rapid 
Parallel Configuration of Visual Information Processing'. The group is 
funded by the BMBF via the Bernstein Award for Computational 
Neurosciences (1.25 Mio. €), granted to the group leader Dr. Udo Ernst. 
Research is divided into four interdisciplinary subprojects combining 
theory, simulation, and experimental work. Applications in either 
English or German language should include a letter of motivation, CV, 
copies of school and university certificates (master/diploma or 
equivalent), and should be sent to ajanssen at neuro.uni-bremen.de until 
*May 31st, 2012**.***For a more detailed description of the research 
project and other open positions, please visit our web site at 
*/Neuronal mechanisms of rapid functional configuration
Goal of this subproject is to investigate neural signatures and 
mechanisms of parallel functional configuration in multiple visual areas 
with massively parallel multielectrode recordings. The PhD student will 
conduct experiments on awake behaving macaque monkeys in collaboration 
with the group of Prof. Dr. Andreas Kreiter 
(http://www.brain.uni-bremen.de), and analyze the collected data. This 
includes familiarization and training of the monkeys, preparation of the 
experimental setup and recordings, implantation of the electrode arrays, 
and recording of the data under different visual perception tasks. For 
analyzing the data, he/she should be familiar with the following 
methods: filtering, Wavelet-analysis, cross- and autocorrelation, 
standard techniques of coherence analysis (phase coherency, spectral 
coherence, etc.), classification with methods from machine learning, and 
elementary concepts from information theory. Behavioural and 
electrophysiological data shall be rapidly preprocessed, and made 
available for the collaborators in other subprojects.
He or she should have a degree (master/diploma or equivalent) in natural 
sciences (e.g. Biology) with focus on experimental work (preferably 
Animal Physiology). Basic knowledge in programming and in formal 
methods/Computational Neuroscience are required. We expect a high 
motivation for communicating and collaborating with the other subprojects.

*/General Information

/*The group is hosted by the Center for Cognitive Sciences (Zentrum für 
Kognitionswissenschaften, ZKW; http://www.zkw.uni-bremen.de) in the new 
Cognium building on the campus of the University Bremen. Neuroscience is 
one of the special research foci at the university, which includes 
different labs working in Human Psychophysics, Electrophysiology, 
Neuropharmacology, Psychology, Computer Sciences and other related 
disciplines. Bremen is a nice little town in northern Germany with a 
rich maritime history. The city offers a vivid cultural life, with 
cinemas, performing arts, music events, and street festivals. Enjoy the 
cafes or bistros in charming old houses, discover the beauties of a 
landscape between water and sky on your bike, or visit the seashore with 
dunes and dikes!
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