Job ID: 113910

PhD position – Comp. Neuro. – Navigation using episodic memory

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 20 August 2023

Contract Length: 3 years

City: Bochum

Country: Germany

Institution: Ruhr University Bochum

Department: Institute for Neural Computation, Faculty of Computer Science


Are you curious about how the human brain stores memories? Have you wondered how we manage to navigate through space? Our dynamic research group uses diverse computational modeling approaches, including biological neural networks, cognitive modeling, and machine learning/artificial intelligence, to study learning and memory. Currently, we are actively seeking a talented graduate student to join our team, someone who will expand our computational modeling framework Cobel-RL ( and use it to study how episodic memory might be used to learn to navigate.

Your Profile:

Candidates must

  • have a masters degree in neuroscience, physics, computer science, mathematics, psychology, or a related field
  • be able to work independently
  • have experience in mathematical modeling
  • have excellent programming skills,
  • have excellent communication skills in English, and
  • work well in a team.

We are committed to providing a supportive work environment for female researchers and those with young children. Our university provides mentoring and coaching opportunities specifically aimed at women in research. We have a strong research network with female role models and will provide opportunities to meet with them. Wherever possible, events will be scheduled during regular childcare hours. Special childcare will be arranged if events have to be scheduled outside of regular hours, in case of sickness and during school or daycare closures. Where childcare is not an option parents will be offered a home office solution.


The Ruhr University Bochum is home to a vibrant research community in neuroscience and cognitive science. The Institute for Neural Computation combines different areas of expertise ranging from experimental and theoretical neuroscience to machine learning and robotics.

This position is 65% at TV-L E13, starts as soon as possible and is funded for 3 years.

Please send your application, including CV, transcripts and research statement electronically, as a single PDF file, to In addition, at least two academic references must be sent independently to the above email address. The deadline for applications is 20.08.2023.

The Ruhr University Bochum is committed to equal opportunity. We strongly encourage applications from qualified women and persons with disabilities.

Please feel free to get in touch with Vinita Samarasinghe if you have any questions.