[visionlist] Postdoc Position at the University of Goettingen in Computational Neuroscience / Retinal Neurophysiology

Gollisch, Tim tim.gollisch at med.uni-goettingen.de
Fri Mar 17 16:43:17 EDT 2017

Three postdoc positions are available in the lab of Tim Gollisch at the University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany. Information about the lab can be found at http://www.retina.uni-goettingen.de/. The positions are funded by the ERC Consolidator Grant "CODE4Vision", which will start in June 2017 and run for five years. The project revolves around analyzing the functional connectivity in the neural network of the retina by means of electrophysiological recordings from mouse retina, application of machine learning for data analysis, computational modeling of retinal signal processing, and development of closed-loop physiology experiments. The goals include the development of computational models that capture how the retina encodes natural visual stimuli. Furthermore, we will apply these models to explore optogenetic vision restoration therapies, which we will test with originally blind, optogenetically treated mice.
The three postdocs to be hired will focus on different aspects of the CODE4Vision project, such as 1) computational and machine learning-based analysis of large-scale multielectrode array recordings from the retina (up to several thousand electrodes), classification of cell types, statistical inference to extract the layout of presynaptic inputs, and development of computational models; 2) development of closed-loop physiology experiments to extract relevant response characteristics of recorded ganglion cells during the experiment and optimize stimulus presentation "on the fly" to obtain detailed computational models; 3) direct assessment of functional connectivity in the retina by dual recordings (multielectrode arrays plus intracellular electrodes) and comparing responses to current injection and visual stimulation.
What will be expected of the applicants?

-   PhD in neuroscience, computer science, biology, physics, math, engineering or something equivalent

-   Track record (e.g. publications) showing the candidate's ability to pursue high-quality research

-   Strong motivation to perform neuroscience research and to integrate experimental and computational approaches

-   Experience with either electrophysiological methods or computational analyses and computer programming

-   Ability to integrate into a team

-   Ability to think independently and advance the project by developing and pursuing own ideas for experiments and analyses

-   Good command of English (which is the working language in the lab)
The positions are for 2 years initially with possibility for renewal. Potential starting dates are from June 2017 onwards, and applications will be considered until the positions are filled. Please send your application to Tim Gollisch (tim.gollisch at med.uni-goettingen.de<mailto:tim.gollisch at med.uni-goettingen.de>), including a CV as well as names and contact details for at least two references. Also make sure to include a statement of why this project interests you and how you think you could contribute, based on your scientific background.
The University Medical Center Goettingen is an equal opportunities employer, and women are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities and equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

Prof. Dr. Tim Gollisch
University Medical Center Goettingen, Dept. of Ophthalmology
Waldweg 33, 37073 Goettingen
Tel. +49 (0)551 39-13542
tim.gollisch at med.uni-goettingen.de<mailto:tim.gollisch at med.uni-goettingen.de>

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