[visionlist] PhD positions – perception, learning, and cognitive state

PhD Position – Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Tübingen,

The Max Planck Institute for Biological
Cybernetics offers 2 PhD student positions under the supervision of Dr. Nelson Totah
in the department of Prof. Nikos Logothetis (Department of Physiology of
Cognitive Processes). The projects will study the roles that attention and
arousal play in learning and cognitive control. The learning task involves flexibly attending to visual and auditory stimuli. Students will record frontal
cortex neurons and brain stem norepinephrine neurons from head-fixed rats during
learning. We will also explore novel methods for activating the norepinephrine
system to improve learning and cognition impairments in psychiatric disorders. Applicants
should have a degree in neuroscience, biology, or experimental psychology. Candidates
with a background in engineering, physics, or related fields are also
encouraged to apply their skills to the analysis of neurophysiological data,
but these applicants should also have interest in our ultimate goal of understanding
behavior and cognition. Prior experience working with behaving rats or mice, programming
(MATLAB), and a mathematical or computational background are all highly desirable
in applicants, but not all required. English language fluency is required, but
German language fluency is not required for laboratory work or classes. Students
will join the International Max Planck Research School for Systems and
Cognitive Neuroscience / Graduate Training Center of Neuroscience at the
University of Tübingen (http://ift.tt/2pcwPPS). The positions
are fully funded for 3 years with extension for additional years possible.

Applications should include a
CV, a brief (up to 500 word) personal statement about research interests and
goals after the PhD, and 2 letters of reference. These may be submitted by
email to Dr. Totah (nelson.totah@tuebingen.mpg.de).

Nelson Totah, PhD

Research Group Leader

Department of Physiology of Cognitive Processes

Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Tuebingen, Germany


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