[visionlist] Open PhD position in perceptual learning at ENI/DPZ Goettingen, Germany

The Neural Circuits and Cognition
lab of Caspar Schwiedrzik at the European
Neuroscience Institute (ENI) and the German
Primate Center (DPZ) in Goettingen, Germany is looking for an outstanding
PhD student interested in studying the neural basis of perceptual learning in
vision. The project investigates circuit and single cell mechanisms of learning
and perception, utilizing functional magnetic resonance imaging in combination
with electrophysiology and behavioral testing in humans and non-human primates.

Work in the lab focuses on the
cortical basis and computational principles of perception and
experience-dependent plasticity in the macaque and human brain (see here).
To this end, we use a variety of invasive and noninvasive methods, including
fMRI-guided electrophysiological recordings in monkeys and fMRI and ECoG in
humans. The PhD student will play a key role in our research efforts in this
area.

The lab is located at the ENI and
the DPZ, which are interdisciplinary research centers with international
faculty and students pursuing cutting-edge research in neuroscience. The PhD
student will have access to a new imaging
center with a dedicated 3T research scanner, electrophysiology, and
psychophysics setups. The ENI is part of the University Medical Center
Goettingen, offering ample opportunity to translate basic research into the
clinic. The University Medical Center Goettingen is a tertiary care center. Its
7,400 employees work in over 65 departments and facilities to provide
top-quality patient care, excellent research and modern teaching facilities.

Your profile

The position will be available
starting in spring 2017 with an initial appointment for 3 years and a salary
according to 50% TVL-13. Candidates
should have a degree (master, diploma or equivalent) in a relevant field (e.g.,
neuroscience, psychology, biology), and ideally prior experience in
electrophysiology and/or fMRI, strong quantitative, programming, and
experimental skills, and a desire to understand the neural basis of visual
perception and its plasticity. Interested candidates should send their
curriculum vitae, a description of their scientific interest and the names and
contact information of up to three references who are able to comment on your
academic background and who agreed to be contacted to caspar.schwiedrzik@googlemail.com,
preferably before December 1st, 2016, but later expressions of interest will be
considered until the position is filled. It will also be possible to meet
in person at this year’s SfN in San Diego. A good command of English is a
requirement, but fluency in German is not essential.

Women are especially encouraged
to apply. Applicants with disabilities and equal qualifications will be given
preferential treatment.

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