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


Neuronal networks with inhomogeneous connectivity have been suggested to be more robust against saturation and excessive synchronization in high input regimes. The spatial distribution of connectivity in networks introduces a hierarchy into network organization. These type of multiscale structure appears in many physiological and pathophysiological conditions, ranging from cortical columns to injury, and influences initiation, pattern formation, synchronization and propagation of neuronal activity. In this context, we are interested in structural plasticity, homeostatic dynamics, interaction of networks, and the local balance of excitation and inhibition. We expect that local variability influences the activity structure and robustness of neuronal networks. We test this in synthetic networks of cultured cortical neurons and animal models using electrophysiological, optogenetic and computational approaches.

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 ideal applicant has some prior training in neurophysiology, excellent command of the English language, high motivation for independent work in neuroscience, knowledge of some programming language, ideally Matlab or Python, and willingness to contribute to an international team. Experience with cell cultures, in vivo recording, network modeling or intracellular recording would be a plus.
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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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