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The Perception and Plasticity Group is looking for an excellent
PhD student (m/f/d)
The Perception and Plasticity Group of Caspar Schwiedrzik at the DPZ is looking for an outstanding PhD student interested in studying the neural basis of perceptual learning in vision. The project investigates neural mechanisms of learning and perception at the level of circuits and single cells, utilizing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in combination with electrophysiology and behavioral testing in humans and non-human primates. It is funded by an ERC Starting Grant (Acronym VarPL; “Specificity or generalization? Neural mechanisms for perceptual learning with variability”). The PhD student’s project will focus on investigating the neural basis of visual perceptual learning in macaque monkeys combining fMRI, multi-electrode electrophysiological recordings and electrical microstimulation. In addition, the PhD students will have the opportunity to cooperate with other lab members on parallel, comparative research exploring the same questions in humans.
We seek to understand the cortical basis and computational principles of perception and experience-dependent plasticity in the macaque and human brain. To this end, we use a multimodal approach including fMRI-guided electrophysiological recordings in non-human primates 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 DPZ (http://www.dpz.eu) and the European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen (http://www.eni-g.de), which are interdisciplinary research centers with international faculty and students pursuing cutting-edge research in neuroscience. Further scientific exchange within the Leibniz ScienceCampus Primate Cognition (https://www.primate-cognition.eu) ensures a broad interdisciplinary framework for networking and cooperation. The PhD student will have access to a new imaging center with a dedicated 3T research scanner, state-of-the-art electrophysiology, and behavioral setups. For an overview of our work and representative publications, please see our website http://www.eni-g.de/groups/neural-circuits-and-cognition.
For our most recent work, see https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/770982v1
The position is available immediately with an initial appointment for 2 years and a salary according to 65% TV-L E13. Extensions beyond 2 years are possible. The successful candidate will join one of the many excellent graduate schools on the Göttingen Campus.
Candidates should have a degree (master, diploma or equivalent) in a relevant field (e.g., neuroscience, psychology, biology), and ideally prior experience with non-human primates, strong quantitative, programming, and experimental skills, and share a passion for understanding the neural basis of visual perception and its plasticity. A good command of English is a requirement, but fluency in German is not essential. We especially encourage women to apply.
Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae, a description of their scientific interest and the names and contact information of up to two references who are able to comment on your academic background and who agreed to be contacted.
The appointment at the DPZ follows the applied regulations of civil service. The classification follows the TV-L. Disabled applicants with equal qualification will be given preferential consideration. We kindly ask you to indicate in your application if you are disabled. Please send in your written application including all certificates until the 14 of February, 2020 under key word “PhD Perception and Plasticity” to Deutsches Primatenzentrum GmbH – Leibniz Institut für Primatenforschung – Personnel Office – Kellnerweg 4 – 37077 Göttingen or via mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information please contact Dr. Schwiedrzik, email@example.com, phone: +49 (0)551-39-61371 or see www.dpz.eu.
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