PhD student in
Sensory/Systems Neuroscience

We are looking for a PhD student to work on the topic of “Recreating retinal output diversity in blind rd10 mice” in the group of Thomas Euler (www.eulerlab.de) at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research and the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) of the University of Tübingen, Germany.

In this project, we will explore new optogenetic approaches in mouse models of photoreceptor degeneration with the aim of restoring vision in blind patients. The project will be conducted within the lab of Thomas Euler in close collaboration with the labs of Philipp Berens (at the same institution) and Olivier Marre (Institut de la Vision, INSERM, CNRS, Sorbonne Université Centre, France). The student will be part of the Doctoral Program of the Graduate Training Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Tübingen.

Applicants should have a background in computational and/or experimental neuroscience and a readiness to acquire the necessary experimental techniques (i.e. optogenetics with viral vectors, functional two-photon imaging). Programming skills and experience with the analysis of large datasets will be considered an asset.

The position is available immediately, with funding for 3 years. For details on the application procedure, see below.

General information

The Institute for Ophthalmic Research cooperates closely with the University Eye Hospital under the umbrella of the Centre for Ophthalmology. The Institute aims at uncovering the causes for degenerative, inflammatory, neoplastic, and vascular diseases of the eye and developing diagnostics and therapies based on these discoveries. Translational research is jointly performed with the University Eye Hospital Tuebingen.

The Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) is an interdisciplinary centre funded by the German Excellence Initiative program. The aim of the CIN is to understand how the brain – from the level of synapses up to the level of whole-brain circuits – produces intelligent, adaptive, and robust behaviour. Research combines state-of-the-art measures of behaviour, electrophysiology, and neuroimaging with the latest techniques in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and model-building. Research at the CIN is predominantly basic research, although it counts many application-focused institutions among its many different internal and external collaborating partners. Research is hence also relevant for the development of artificial intelligent systems as well as for gaining insights in clinical syndromes and for development of effective therapies.

Tübingen is a vibrant university city in the south of Germany. The Neurosciences in Tübingen (Tübingen Neuro Campus) include more than 100 active research groups and are ranking among the most successful neuroscientific sites in Europe. Scientists in Tübingen pursue theoretical, system-neuroscientific, molecular and clinical research approaches in their entire breadth with a wide range of methods. Besides the CIN and the Centre for Ophthalmology, Tübingen is also home to the Hertie Institute for Cognitive Neurology and several institutes of the Max Planck Society, among others. This allows for a tremendous exposure to the latest advances in neuroscience, vision/robotics, human-computer interaction, brain-computer interfaces, etc. There are also opportunities for collaborative projects across labs/institutes.

We offer employment with a salary and social benefits based on the collective agreement for public service employees in the academic and science sector, TV-L. The University of Tübingen promotes gender equality and therefore particularly encourages female scientists to apply. Preferential status will be given to handicapped persons, if equally qualified.

Application procedure

For a PhD student position, eligibility for the PhD program is mandatory (MSc degree or equivalent).

The application consists of a CV, a short (1 page) statement of research motivation and experience, and the names of at least two references. Please compile your application in one single PDF-file and email it to positions@eulerlab.de.