Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Freiburg i.Br./Germany

06 December 2017

Ph.D. Student in Freiburg i.Br./Germany

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Freiburg i.Br./Germany


Little is known about how different functional modules (layers, areas, nuclei) of the mammalian brain dynamically interact with each other. As each module is typically a network in its own respect, there are many possibilities how two such networks are wired together. For example, it is important to specify which types of neurons are targeted, and in which layer the targets are localized. It also matters what are the properties of the signals to be transmitted from one network to the other, and whether source and target networks are actually part of a larger recurrent circuit. The immediate goal of this project is a systematic analysis of how networks in the brain dynamically interact, using large-scale numerical simulations in combination with mathematical network theory. A long-term goal of the lab is to improve our understanding of the principles of brain function, but also of brain dysfunction, on the level of neurons and networks.
We invite applications to join the lab for a 3-4 year PhD project in neurophysiology within the PhD program “BrainDisC” at the Bernstein Center Freiburg. The project is financed by a fellowship of the DAAD that can only be awarded to non-German applicants that have not been staying in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of their application.
The successful applicant has prior training in computational neuroscience, physics, mathematics, or engineering, excellent command of English language, knowledge of a programming language like Python, high motivation for independent work in neuroscience, and willingness to integrate in and contribute to an international research team.
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3-4 years
University of Freiburg
Bernstein Center Freiburg

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Birgit Ahrens
University of Freiburg, Bernstein Center Freiburg, Hansastr. 9a, 79104 Freiburg, Germany

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