Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Goettingen/Germany

12 July 2019

Ph.D. Student in Goettingen/Germany

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Heart-brain interactions in decision making.
The Institute of Cognitive Neurology (Prof. Melanie Wilke) is seeking a doctoral student to investigate thalamo-cortical circuits supporting heart-brain interactions. Our research program involves a multi-modal approach that combines causal brain perturbation methods with electrophysiological recordings in behaving macaques performing cognitive tasks, and comparative studies in human patients.

The project is a collaboration between the Institute of Cognitive Neurology (Prof. Melanie Wilke, at the University Medical School in Goettingen, the Decision and Awareness group at the German Primate Center (Dr. Igor Kagan, and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (Prof. Stefan Luther, We offer a stimulating multidisciplinary scientific environment with state-of-the-art animal, electrophysiological and computational facilities. Students can choose among multiple neuroscience PhD programs of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB).

We look for academic career-oriented candidates with a strong experimental background and quantitative skills, a recent Master degree in a relevant field such as Computational or Systems Neuroscience, Psychology, Biology, or Physics. Prior experience in cognitive sciences or neuroscience, and a background in relevant analytical methods, or primate neurophysiological experiments are a plus. Prior programming experience in MATLAB or Python is a must.

Applications should include a CV, a letter of intent including a statement of scientific/research experience and interests, and the names and contact information of two references, sent as a single PDF file to Melanie Wilke at, with a subject line “PhD heart-brain interactions”.

Review of applications will begin August 1st, 2019 and will

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University Medicine Goettingen
Department of Cognitive Neurology

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Prof. Dr. Melanie Wilke
University Medicine Goettingen (UMG)
Dept. of Cognitive Neurology
Robert-Koch-Str. 40
37075 Goettingen

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