Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Göttingen/Germany

07 November 2019

Ph.D. Student in Göttingen/Germany

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The Institute of Cognitive Neurology (Prof. Melanie Wilke) is seeking a doctoral student to investigate heart-brain interactions in cognition. The aim of the project is to 1) establish a causal link between cardiac activity and neural oscillations in thalamo-cortical circuits and 2) to test whether the occurrence of heart beats gates the transfer of perceptual and decision signals between pulvinar and parietal/anterior cingulate cortex.

Research in the lab applies 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 ( 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 multidisciplinary and international scientific environment with state-of-the-art facilities. Students can choose among multiple neuroscience PhD programs of the Göttingen Graduate School (GGNB).

We look for academic career-oriented candidates with a strong experimental background and quantitative skills, and 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. Programming experience in MATLAB or Python is a must.

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

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Deutsches Primatenzentrum
Kognitive Neurowissenschaften

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Igor Kagan
Kellnerweg 4

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