Ph.D. student (f/m)

University Medical Center Göttingen
Göttingen (Stadt), Niedersachsen (DE)
September 27 2018
Organization Type

The European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen (Germany) invites applications for a

Ph.D. student (f/m)
limited - initial appointment for 3 years,
part-time 19,25 hours/week | salary according to TV-L

The University Medical Center Göttingen is a tertiary care center and offers great development potential. Its 7,700 employees work in over 65 departments and facilities to provide top-quality patient care, excellent research and modern teaching. Göttingen, “City of Science”, located near the center of Germany, the University Medical Center Göttingen is embedded in the city’s attractive network of scientific research facilities.

The Neural Circuits and Cognition lab of Caspar Schwiedrzik at the European Neuroscience Institute (ENI-G) and the German Primate Center (DPZ) in Göttingen, Germany 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 developing new perceptual learning paradigms and investigating the neural basis of perceptual learning in humans using fMRI. In addition, the PhD student will cooperate with other lab members on parallel electrophysiological and fMRI experiments as well as comparative research exploring the same questions in non-human primates.

The lab seeks to understand the cortical basis and computational principles of perception and experiencedependent plasticity in the macaque and human brain (see To this end, we use a multimodal approach including fMRI-guided electrophysiological recordings in nonhuman 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 ENI ( and the DPZ (, which are interdisciplinary research centers with international faculty and students pursuing cutting-edge research in neuroscience. The PhD student will have access to a new imaging center with a dedicated 3T research scanner, electrophysiology, and behavioral setups.

ENI-G is engaged in experimental molecular and cellular research on the central and peripheral nervous systems as well as cognitive and systems neurosciences research. ENI is part of the University Medical Center Göttingen and associated with the Max Planck Society. Göttingen provides a vibrant and stimulating neuroscience community with a strong background in computational as well as experimental neurosciences. The PhD student will have the opportunity to join one of the fourteen programs of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (

The position will be available starting in November 2018 with an initial appointment for 3 years.

Your profile:
Candidates should have a degree (master, diploma or equivalent) in a relevant field (e.g., neuroscience, psychology, biology), and ideally prior experience in fMRI, strong quantitative, programming, and experimental skills, and share a passion for understanding the neural basis of visual perception and its plasticity. 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 to, preferably before October 10th, 2018, but later expressions of interest will be considered until the position is filled. A good command of English is a requirement, but fluency in German is not essential.

The University Medical Center Göttingen takes flexible account of the individual design of working hours at the workplace. It is interested in implementing the wishes of its employees as far as possible. If you are interested in this job and have specific questions about working hours, please contact us.

Women are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities and equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

We look forward to receiving your application by October 31th, 2018:

University Medical Center Göttingen
European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen
Dr. Caspar Schwiedrzik
Group Leader
Grisebachstr. 5
37077 Göttingen

Tel.: 0551/39-61371

Please send your application only via e-mail
as a PDF-file.

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