PhD student positions
in Systems Neuroscience

Two PhD positions as part of interdisciplinary collaborations are available in Laura Busse’s lab at the Faculty of Biology of the LMU Munich and Thomas Euler’s lab at the Center for Integrative Neuroscience in Tübingen.

The fully funded positions are part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center  "Robust vision: Inference Principles and neural mechanisms". In the project, we will explore the visual input received by the mouse visual system under natural conditions and study how such input is processed along key stages of the early visual system. The project continues from Qiu et al. (2020) and will include opportunities for performing recordings of the visual input encountered by freely behaving mice under naturalistic conditions, statistical analysis of the recorded video material, quantitative assessment of behavior, and measurements (2P calcium imaging / electrophysiology) of neural responses from mouse retina, visual thalamus and primary visual cortex in response to naturalistic movies. The project requires a combination of experimental skills and interest in engineering and programming. Since the project will be conducted in a collaborative, interdisciplinary setting and within a geographically distributed team, the candidate show have good capacity and value for teamwork and communication skills.

One of the positions will be place in Thomas Euler’s lab (U Tübingen) with a focus on retinal aspects of the project. A complementary PhD position in Laura Busse’s lab (LMU Munich), with a focus on central vision aspects, will closely collaborate on the development of the recording hardware and the software framework for data analysis and modelling. Both positions offer a thriving scientific environment, structured PhD programs and numerous opportunities for networking and exchange.

Interested candidates are welcome to establish contact via email to Laura Busse and Thomas Euler. For applications to Thomas Euler’s position within the project, see instructions below.

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2021.

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 all fields of neuroscience, machine learning, AI, etc. There are also opportunities for collaborative projects across labs and 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).

For a PostDoc position, the candidate must have a PhD in a relevant discipline.

In general, an application consists of

  • a CV, focussed on your professional career,
  • a short statement of your research motivation and experience (max. 2 pages). Explain why you think you fit the advertized project/position. Do not philosophize about life, the brain and what triggered your interest in the brain during your childhood.
  • the names of at least two references.

Please compile your application in one single PDF-file - other file formats will be rejected.
Email it to positions@eulerlab.de.