[visionlist] Fwd: Postdoc position in Systems Neuroscience | University of Tübingen, Germany

Thomas Euler thomas.euler at cin.uni-tuebingen.de
Thu Apr 8 03:59:45 -04 2021

*Postdoc position in Systems Neuroscience*

Applications are sought for a postdoc position in the lab of Thomas 
Euler [1] at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research [2] and the Center 
for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN, [3]) of the University of Tübingen, 
Germany. This highly collaborative project is part of the DFG Priority 
Programme „Computational Connectomics” (SPP 2041, [4]) and will be 
carried out in collaboration with the labs of Philipp Berens (U 
Tübingen, [5]) and Kevin Briggman (caesar, [6]).

*The project *

Visual processing starts in the retina, where at least 40 distinct 
features are extracted and sent through parallel channels to higher 
visual centers in the brain. One of the biggest remaining challenges in 
retinal research is to understand how these diverse representations 
arise within the retinal circuits. The origin of this vast functional 
diversity lies in the retina’s second synaptic layer, the inner 
plexiform layer, where bipolar cells, amacrine cells and ganglion cells 
form complex interconnected networks. In particular the amacrine cells 
are crucial for decorrelating different functional channels: They tune 
the ganglion cells’ responses, which represent the retina’s output, by 
modulating glutamate release from bipolar cells as well as heavily 
shaping the signal integration in the ganglion cell dendritic arbors. 
Still surprisingly little is known about the great majority of the 60+ 
genetic types of amacrine cells and their intricate networks in the 
inner retina. In this project, we aim to dissect the functional roles of 
different amacrine cell circuits for image processing. To this end, we 
will combine functional 2-photon imaging of excitatory and inhibitory 
signals in the mouse retina with computational modeling based on 
connectomics data from electron microscopy.

*Who we are looking for*

The candidate for the position must have a PhD in a relevant discipline 
and is expected to have experimental skills (ideally in functional 2P 
imaging, alternatively, electrophysiology). Ideally, the candidate has a 
strong background in neuroscience at the cellular, circuit or systems 
level, advanced programming skills (i.e., Python), and is experienced in 
data analysis. Proficiency in English verbal and written communication 
is required.

*What we offer *

The position is available immediately, with funding for 3 years and 
possible extension depending on the funding situation. The postdoc will 
work embedded in a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary environment, 
providing ample possibilities for career development.

We offer employment with a salary and social benefits based on the 
collective agreement for public service employees in the academic and 
science sector, TV-L. The University of Tübingen promotes gender 
equality and therefore particularly encourages female scientists to 
apply. Preferential status will be given to handicapped persons, if 
equally qualified.

*How to apply *

The application consists of a CV, a short statement of research 
motivation and experience (max. 2 pages), and the names of at least two 
references. Please compile your application in one single PDF-file and 
email it to positions at eulerlab.org <mailto:positions at eulerlab.org>.

*Where we are *

The Institute for Ophthalmic Research [2] cooperates closely with the 
University Eye Hospital under the umbrella of the Centre for 
Ophthalmology. The Institute aims at uncovering the causes for 
degenerative, inflammatory, neoplastic, and vascular diseases of the eye 
and developing diagnostics and therapies based on these discoveries. 
Translational research is jointly performed with the University Eye 
Hospital Tuebingen.

The Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN, [3]) is 
an interdisciplinary institution funded by the German Excellence 
Initiative program. The CIN strives to deepen our understanding of how 
the brain generates function and how brain diseases impair functions. 
Its scientific program is guided by the conviction that progress in the 
understanding of brain function can be achieved with an integrative 
approach spanning multiple levels of organization and pooling the 
knowledge of researchers from many different fields.

Tübingen is a vibrant university city in the south of Germany. The 
Neurosciences in Tübingen (Tübingen Neuro Campus [7]) include more than 
100 active research groups and are ranking among the most successful 
neuroscientific sites in Europe. Scientists in Tübingen pursue 
theoretical, system-neuroscientific, molecular and clinical research 
approaches in their entire breadth with a wide range of methods. Besides 
the CIN and the Centre for Ophthalmology, Tübingen is also home to the 
Hertie Institute for Cognitive Neurology and several institutes of the 
Max Planck Society, among others. This allows for a tremendous exposure 
to the latest advances in all fields of neuroscience, machine learning, 
AI, etc. There are also opportunities for collaborative projects across 
labs and institutes.

[1] eulerlab.de <http://www.eulerlab.de>
[2] eye-tuebingen.de <http://www.eye-tuebingen.de>
[3] cin.uni-tuebingen.de <http://www.cin.uni-tuebingen.de>
[4] spp2041.de <http://www.spp2041.de>
[5] eye-tuebingen.de/berenslab <http://www.eye-tuebingen.de/berenslab>
[6] caesar.de/en/research/groups/computational-neuroethology/ 
[7] tuebingenresearchcampus.com/research-in-tuebingen-de-de/tnc-de-de/ 

Dr. Thomas Euler
Professor for Ophthalmic Research
CIN - Centre for Integrative Neuroscience
Institute for Ophthalmic Research
University of Tübingen
Otfried-Müller-Str. 25
D-72076 Tübingen

+49 7071 29-85028 (office)
+49 7071 29-25011 (fax)
thomas.euler at cin.uni-tuebingen.de

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