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Ph.D. Student in Freiburg/Germany

06 April 2020

Ph.D. Student in Freiburg/Germany

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Two PhD positions are available in the Neurobiological Research Laboratory of Dr. N. Rosskothen-Kuhl, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Medical Center Freiburg. We investigate the plasticity of the auditory system under electrical stimulation of the cochlea. We are especially interested in the influence of hearing experience on the molecular and physiological adaptability of the auditory system. In a recent project, we investigate the causes for poor spatial hearing of early deafened, cochlear implanted rats. The central question aims to analyze the causes of poor binaural auditory perception and should put special emphasize on a lack of experience and inappropriate stimulation of these patients. To answer this question, we combine multi-level research approaches including behavioral studies as well as electrophysiological and molecular techniques. In detail, we use 2-alternative forced choice behavioral trainings, multichannel in-vivo measurements of the central auditory system of rats, bioinformatic analysis tools for the evaluation of electrophysiology and behavioral data, immunohistochemical staining of brain slices, and modern microscopy methods.

The ideal candidate should have:
a master’s degree in neuroscience, biology, bioengineering or similar disciplines; training in in-vivo electrophysiology and/or behavioral biology; FELASA, Category B Certificate; experience in programming (Python, MathLab); interest in translational hearing research, immunohistochemistry, and working with animals; interest in learning new methods (e.g. surgical techniques); enthusiasm and great commitment to independent and goal-oriented research; good written and spoken proficiency in English and German; excellent communication and team-working skills; exceedingly high motivation and personal initiative

To apply, please send your CV, motivation letter, copies of certificates, details of two referees to

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minimum 3 years
Medical Center Freiburg, University of Freiburg
Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology

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Nicole Rosskothen-Kuhl
Neurobiological Research Laboratory, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Medical Center Freiburg,
Killianstr. 5,
79106 Freiburg (Germany),


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