[visionlist] ERC-funded postdoc in NHP neurophysiology and imaging available at German Primate Center

Caspar M. Schwiedrzik schwiedrzik at mpih-frankfurt.mpg.de
Thu Oct 10 02:44:56 -04 2019

The German Primate Center (DPZ) - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research is
one of 95 research and infrastructure establishments of the Leibniz
Association. It conducts basic biological and biomedical research in all
fields in which non-human primates play essential roles: in particular in
infection research, the neurosciences and organismic primate biology.
Besides its research infrastructure in Göttingen the DPZ maintains four
field stations to do research on and with primates.


The Perception and Plasticity Group is looking for an excellent

*Postdoctoral research associate*

The Perception and Plasticity Group of Caspar Schwiedrzik at the DPZ is
looking for an outstanding postdoc interested in studying the neural basis of
perceptual learning in vision. The project investigates neural mechanisms
of learning and perception at the level of circuits and single cells,
utilizing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in combination with
electrophysiology and behavioral testing in humans and non- human primates.
It is funded by an ERC Starting Grant (Acronym VarPL; “Specificity or
generalization? Neural mechanisms for perceptual learning with
variability”). The postdoc’s project will focus on investigating the
neural basis
of visual perceptual learning in macaque monkeys combining fMRI,
multi-electrode electrophysiological recordings and electrical
microstimulation. In addition, the postdoc will have the opportunity to
cooperate with other lab members on parallel, comparative research exploring
the same questions in humans.

We seek to understand the cortical basis and computational principles of
perception and experience- dependent plasticity in the macaque and human
brain. To this end, we use a multimodal approach including fMRI-guided
electrophysiological recordings in non-human primates and fMRI and ECoG in
humans. The postdoc will play a key role in our research efforts in this
area. The lab is located at the DPZ (*http://www.dpz.eu <http://www.dpz.eu>*)
and the European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen (*http://www.eni-g.de
<http://www.eni-g.de>*), which are interdisciplinary research centers with
international faculty and students pursuing cutting-edge research in
neuroscience. Further scientific exchange within the Leibniz ScienceCampus
Primate Cognition (*https://www.primate-cognition.eu
<https://www.primate-cognition.eu>*) ensures a broad interdisciplinary
framework for networking and cooperation. The postdoc will have access to a
new imaging center with a dedicated 3T research scanner, state-of-the-art
electrophysiology, and behavioral setups. For an overview of our work and
representative publications, please see our website
http://www.eni-g.de/groups/neural-circuits- *and-cognition*.

For our most recent work, see *https://*

The position is available immediately with an initial appointment for 2
years. Extensions beyond 2 years and part- time employment is possible.

Candidates should have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field
(e.g., neuroscience, psychology, biology), and prior experience, evidenced
by a publication or preprint, in electrophysiology in non-human primates,
strong quantitative, programming, and experimental skills, and share a
passion for understanding the neural basis of visual perception and its
plasticity. Prior experience with microstimulation is a plus. A good
command of English is   a requirement, but fluency in German is not
essential. We especially encourage women to apply.

Interested candidates should send in their curriculum vitae, a description
of their scientific interest, a representative publication, a copy of their
PhD degree, and the names and contact information of up to three references
who are able to comment on your academic background and who have agreed to
be contacted.

The appointment at the DPZ follows the applied regulations of civil
service. The classification follows the TV-L. Disabled applicants with
equal qualification will be given preferential consideration. We kindly ask
you to indicate  in your application if you are disabled.

Please send in your written application including all certificates until
the 15 of November, 2019 under key word “Postdoc Perception and Plasticity”
to Deutsches Primatenzentrum GmbH – Leibniz Institut für Primatenforschung
– Personnel Office – Kellnerweg 4 – 37077 Göttingen or via mail to
bewerbung at dpz.eu.

For further information please contact Dr. Schwiedrzik, cschwiedrzik at dpz.eu,
<cschwiedrzik at dpz.eu>phone: +49 (0)551-39- 61371 or see http://www.dpz.eu.
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