Job ID: 65443

Ph.D. position in systems neuroscience, decision-making

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 28 January 2022

Employment Start Date: 15 March 2022

Contract Length: 3 years plus extension

City: Berlin

Country: Germany

Institution: Humboldt University of Berlin

Department: Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin


Research in the Decision Circuits Lab lead by Dr. Torben Ott and located at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin focuses on the fundamental neural principles that underlie decision-making. By employing state-of-the-art tools in systems neuroscience, we seek to develop cortical circuits models for decision-making and elucidate the role of dopamine and serotonin in enabling adaptive decisions. For more information on our research please visit

Your job

  • Research in systems neuroscience with a focus on dissecting the cortical circuits for decision-making
  • Study dopamine and serotonin neuromodulation of neural networks that enable adaptive decisions
  • Use of state-of-the-art experimental tools such as psychophysics, electrophysiology and optogenetics in rats
  • Collaborative development of analyses and computational models of behavior and cortical functions
  • Gain qualification for Ph.D.

Your profile

  • Degree in neuroscience, natural science, quantitative science, or a related discipline
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Affinity to programming, including programming in MATLAB, Python, or similar
  • Previous research experience in neuroscience and animal research desirable
  • Strong intrinsic motivation and organization skills
  • Advanced English communication skills

Our offer

  • Join a motivated international research group and interdisciplinary research institute
  • Experience a vibrant international neuroscience community in Berlin
  • Continuous scientific mentoring by your scientific advisor
  • Opportunity to participate in international conferences
  • Participate in graduate training programs

Please send your application including a letter of motivation, a CV, a recent academic transcript, and a list of two potential referees to Dr. Torben Ott, For more information, please visit and/or contact me.

HU is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Researchers from abroad are welcome to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply.