[visionlist] PhD positions in the area of intracortical visual prostheses

David Rotermund davrot at neuro.uni-bremen.de
Tue Nov 29 06:37:09 -04 2022

The Computational Neurophysics lab at the University of Bremen headed by 
Dr. Udo Ernst offers - under the condition of job release - at the 
earliest possible date a position until 30.09.2024:

*Research Assistant in Computational Neuroscience (f/m/d)*

German federal pay scale E13 TV-L (65 %)

for the research project

*I-See2 - Improving Intracortical Visual Prostheses Using Complex Coding 
and Spontaneous Activation States*

The lives of many individuals are strongly impaired by missing the sense 
of vision. One putative option to help them are cortical prostheses. 
Such devices record images from our environment, encode this information 
into the 'language' of the brain, and stimulate neuron populations in 
the visual system for creating a corresponding percept.

I-See2 (www.isee.uni-bremen.de) investigates new principles for building 
cortical prostheses in an international group with researchers from 
Canada, Switzerland and Germany. Your position will be at the heart of 
the project in Bremen, where computational methods are developed and 
data from our partner labs comes together. You will perform modelling of 
visual information processing, analysis of data from 
electrophysiological multielectrode recordings and optical voltage 
imaging, and be involved in model-driven visual stimulus generation for 
animal and human experiments. The position comes with direct supervision 
by the principal investigators and project coordinators Dr. David 
Rotermund and Dr. Udo Ernst.


Ideal candidates have a master's degree in Computational Neurosciences, 
Physics, Computer Sciences or in related fields. They must have a strong 
background in neural networks, dynamical systems, mathematics and/or 
data analysis, and be experienced in programming (preferably in 
Python/Matlab). Above all, they must have a strong motivation, a sense 
for responsibility, a distinct desire to learn, and the ability to 
proactively collaborate in an international research environment. 
Fluency in English is required (both written and spoken).

The Computational Neurophysics Lab offers a good working atmosphere, 
direct involvement in international research and attractive facilities.

The university is family-friendly, diverse and sees itself as an 
international university. We therefore welcome all applicants regardless 
of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/belief, 
disability, age, sexual orientation and identity.

As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female 
employees in science, women are particularly encouraged to apply. In 
case of equal personal aptitudes and qualification priority will be 
given to disabled persons.

Please explicitly address each of the specified requirements in the 
application. Detailed instructions are described below. Please send your 
application documents (motivation letter, CV, copy of your degree 
certificates including high school, list of skills, awards, 
publications, contact details of two academic reference) until December 
9th, 2022 by indicating the job id A325/22 to:

University of Bremen FB1
Computational Neurophysics lab
Secretary of Dr. Udo Ernst
Mrs Agnes Janßen
Hochschulring 18, Cognium
D-28359 Bremen
Tel.: +49 421 218 62000

or in electronic form in a summarized PDF file via e-mail: 
ajanssen at neuro.uni-bremen.de.

For questions of the research project please contact:

Dr. Udo Ernst, E-Mail: udo at neuro.uni-bremen.de

See also for general information on this topic:


_Detailed instructions for applicants_

Your application must comprise:

*Motivation letter*

Your 1-2 page essay should reply the following questions:

• What is your background? In which fields have you worked before and 
how do you think this can be useful for the present job?

• What attracts you to the field of computational neuroscience?

• Which problem(s) in computational neuroscience are you most interested in?

• What is your motivation to join our project?

• What are your plans for your future career?

*Curriculum Vitae*

Send a classical tabular CV with your contact details, and all stages of 
education and employment.

*List of skills, awards, publications*

List your skills, especially proficiency in languages (including the 
level of proficiency), that you think might be useful for the job. Also 
list awards you might have got and peer-reviewed papers, in case there 
are some.

*Contact details of two academic references*

One of the references should be your MSc advisor. Please contact the 
references prior to listing their names so that they are not surprised 
if they get contacted.

Your application can be in English or German, whatever language you are 
more familiar with.


*Dr. David Rotermund*

*University of Bremen*
Institute for Theoretical Physics
Faculty 01 Physics/Electrical Engineering
Hochschulring 18, D-28359 Bremen
Cognium, room 2450

Tel. +49 421 218-62003
Fax +49 421 218-62014
davrot at neuro.uni-bremen.de
www.neuro.uni-bremen.de <https://www.neuro.uni-bremen.de>
www.isee.uni-bremen.de <https://www.isee.uni-bremen.de>
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