ORGANISATION/COMPANYMax Planck Institute for Brain Research
RESEARCH FIELDComputer scienceMathematicsNeurosciences
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE01/06/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONGermany › Frankfurt am Main
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK39
OFFER STARTING DATE01/04/2021
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER860949
We invite applications for two PhD positions at the Computation in Neural Circuits group (https://brain.mpg.de/gjor) at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany. In particular, we are recruiting students to join the Marie Skłodowska Curie Innovative Training Network “SmartNets” where 7 PIs from 5 universities work together with 6 partner organizations to understand network computations. See https://www.smartnets-etn.eu for more details.
About our group: We use mathematical and computational approaches to study how neural networks self-organize into functional units from a combination of mechanisms including synaptic, homeostatic and intrinsic plasticity. We investigate different levels from individual synaptic inputs on dendrites to large-scale networks of higher order cortex. We are especially interested in these aspects during cortical development before and shortly after birth when the brain is highly plastic, but general aspects of learning and memory, especially under naturalistic stimuli and behaviors are also of great interest. We collaborate with different experimental research groups and benefit from interactions with the strong neuroscience community in Frankfurt. Our applications range across animals from rodent to Drosophila and reptiles.
About you: We seek applicants with a strong quantitative background (in mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, or related fields) and good programming skills (Matlab, C/C++ or Python).
Note that the Mobility Rule will be applied: PhD students must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, are not taken into account.
We offer two positions:
- How higher-order correlations shape network structure
- The role of transient network structures in establishing functional connectivity during development
The positions can start between 1 April and 1 September 2021 and include funding for 3 years including planned secondments. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2021 but applications will be considered until the positions are filled.
To apply for these positions, please email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting “SmartNets PhD positions” in the subject line:
1. A curriculum vitae
2. A description of research interests, including a motivation for why you chose to apply to our group
3. A writing sample, either a paper or code
4. Contact details for 2-3 referees
Looking forward to your applications.
Julijana Gjorgjieva, PhD
Research Group Leader
Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
Max-von-Laue-Str. 4, Frankfurt, Germany
We seek applicants with a strong quantitative background (in mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, or related fields) and good programming skills (Matlab, C/C++ or Phyton).
EURAXESS offer ID: 588218
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