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The laboratory of Dr. Martin Vinck at the Ernst Struengmann Institute for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society is seeking multiple Postdocs and PhDs for experimental projects in marmoset (ideally starting early spring of 2019).

We will study predictive processing in the visual system, test new models of object recognition, and the contribution of different cell types to neural coding. Data will be collected with chronic, high-density silicon probes including wireless recordings during (freely moving) natural behavior (using the eCube white matter system). A part of the project involves optogenetics. Additional training in high-density electrophysiology can be acquired by participation in projects in mice.

You will work closely together with computational scientists in our laboratory working on deep learning and state space analyses. The main focus of the project is the interpretation of neural activity from artificial neural networks (in particular recurrent and predictive neural networks) and the study of population coding.

We are looking for candidates with a biology or medicine background and experience in behavioral training and electrophysiology.

Frankfurt is an internationally oriented city with many neuroscience institutes in the neighbourhood, e.g. the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research , the FIAS, the Interdisciplinary Center for Neuroscience, and the institute for Empirical Aesthetics.

Interested candidates are invited to send their application materials in electronic form (PDF format) to martin.vinck@esi-frankfurt.de. The first deadline for applications is 7 of November 2019.

Applications should contain a letter of intent, a detailed curriculum vitae, lists of university courses completed with marks obtained, and the names of at least two scientists who can give references (or at least two reference letters). The advertisement will be valid until positions are filled. Positions are not yet filled.


Here are some useful links for fellowships of interest to prospective postdocs. Postdocs applicants are highly encouraged to apply for fellowships that are listed below (note many have unfortunate restrictions on the time after PhD). Prospective PhD students are encouraged to apply to the International Max Planck Graduate School (IMPRS) for neural circuits where I'm a faculty member.

A fellowship with a high funding rate in Germany is the following: Humboldt fellowships

Systems neuroscience (also computational): HFSP fellowship

Molecular: EMBO fellowship

General: Marie Curie fellowship

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