The laboratory of Dr. Michael C. Schmid at the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society is in search of candidates for Ph.D. positions to study neurophysiological mechanisms and computational brain principles of visual perception. To this end, we put forward, offer projects in both experimental in addition to computational neuroscience. Experimental projects will apply parallel electrophysiological recording techniques in combination with optogenetics to investigate communication patterns between visual thalamic and cortical structures in the mammalian brain. Candidates should have a background in animal electrophysiology and behavioral training typically gained from studies in the fields of biology or psychology.
Computational projects use analytical methods to evaluate the co relational structure of brain signals. This includes the measurement of population coding in the spiking activity of neurons and connectivity analysis between brain areas. Candidates should have a strong background in analytical and computational procedures including fluency in Matlab gained from their studies in physics, mathematics, computer or cognitive sciences.
For related information, see Schmid et al., Blindsight depends on the lateral geniculate nucleus, Nature, 2010. The Schmid lab is an Emmy Noether junior research group financial support by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and hosted by ESI. Tight existing collaborations exist with the Logothetis lab (Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany) and the Fries, Singer and Diester groups at ESI.
Application procedure: Interested candidates are invited to send their application materials in electronic form (PDF format) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should include a letter of intent, a detailed CV, lists of university courses completed with marks obtained, and preferably the names of two scientists who can give references.
Application Deadline: 30 November 2012