Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Erlangen/Germany

11 February 2019

Ph.D. Student in Erlangen/Germany

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Two Ph.D. student positions in Systems Neuroscience.

Prof. Alexey Ponomarenko at the Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is looking for highly motivated students interested in neurophysiology, neuronal circuits and behavior and/or in mathematical biology and computational neuroscience.

Our team studies neuronal computations, which enable innate behaviors - such as food seeking and intake, exploration and sleep/waking - depending on environmental stimuli, experience and physiological state. We showed that these functions in the hypothalamus - the orchestrator of innate behaviors - involve fine temporal organisation of neuronal activity and network oscillations (Bender et al., Nat. Commun., 2015, Herrera et al., Nature Neurosci., 2016, Carus-Cadavieco et al., Nature 2017). Using multisite neuronal recordings and optogenetics in behaving rodents we study neuronal circuits in charge of innate behaviours and their cognitive regulation. The lab features a full chain of methods for studies of neuronal activity in behaving rodents and is well supported by FAU and DFG.

One project will have accents on in vivo unitary and LFP recordings, opto-, chemogenetics, neurobiological, behavioural and, later, on advanced data-analytical studies. Applications from students with a Master’s degree in Neuroscience or related disciplines and a passionate interest in brain function are welcome. Prior experience in in vivo and behavioural studies would be an advantage.

For another project we are looking for a student with a Master’s degree in Computational Neuroscience, Mathematics or Physics, background in contemporary mathematics and enthusiasm for interdisciplinary work. Independent studies of relevant fields including information theory and geometry, experimentation (recording in behaving mice) and application of quantitative methods to neuronal activity data will be integral for the project.

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Employment start date:
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology

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Prof. Dr. Alexey Ponomarenko
If one of these positions sparked your interest, please email your full CV, a motivation letter, transcript of MSc’s grades and contact details of 2 references to

Prof. Dr. Alexey Ponomarenko,
Institut für Physiologie und Pathophysiologie,
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg,
Universitätsstr. 17,
91054 Erlangen,

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