Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Regensburg/Germany

25 November 2019

Ph.D. Student in Regensburg/Germany

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YOUR task:
• work on innovative and demanding scientific project (see below).

YOUR qualifications:
• a MSc degree in biology or physics or related subjects, with grade ≥ 2.5
• broad interests, mathematical/analytical thinking, independent problem-solving
• interest in method development/refinement; ideally, prior experience in electrophysiology
• very good skills in English (both in speaking and writing).
WE offer:
• an interdisciplinary environment within a motivated team
• access to modern methods of cellular neurobiology (e.g. two-photon imaging/uncaging)
• further career development via structured graduate program RIGeL and DFG-priority program (scientific meetings, workshops etc.).

The project is funded by the new priority program 2205 ‘Evolutionary optmisation of neuronal circuits’ of the DFG (German Research Foundation). In tandem with the lab of Dr. Silke Sachse, MPI for chemical ecology Jena, the project aims to unravel the cellular basis of anisotropic lateral inhibition in the rat olfactory bulb and fly antennal lobe, a feature that is highly relevant for olfactory coding. In the olfactory system, complex inhibitory circuits modulate the impact of sensory neuron input and mediate interactions between second order principal neurons. These pathways are assumed to regulate olfactory sensitivity depending on behavioural state, synchronize neural subnetworks, and enhance the spatial contrast of representations via decorrelation of similar response patterns. The architecture of the underlying network anatomy is astonishingly similar across insects and vertebrates - a prime example of convergent evolution.
For more information on the project see
our webpage, "Open Positions".

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Closing date:
Employment start date:
Contract length:
3 years
Universität Regensburg
Institute of Zoology

Contact Information

Veronica Egger
Institute of Zoology
Universitätsstr. 31
93040 Regensburg

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