PhD position in MEG at Juelich, Germany

The institute of Neuroscience and Medicine at the Research Centre Jülich, Germany, has an open PhD student position in our collaborative project entitled “From spike trains to whole-brain dynamics – Bottom-up and top-down processing during active vision” to fill. This project addresses the question how visual input is processed in extremely short time cycles of fixations and saccades through interaction of various cortical areas. MEG recordings from human subjects performing free viewing tasks will allow for the simultaneous observation of neuronal activities from different cortical areas during active vision. Analysis of subjects’ performance and brain activity on these visual tasks enables us to study the information flow through various cortical areas, and to identify top-down components interacting with bottom-up processes.


What we expect from you:

·     We seek for a highly motivated candidate with curiosity and persistence

·     A preferable candidate will have background and strong Master degree in physics, neuroscience, electrophysiology, biology, computer science or a closely related field of natural science, preferably in the field of MEG/EEG biophysics, data acquisition and analysis, biostatistics, MEG/EEG biophysics or signal processing

·     Obligatory: excellent educational records in the related field, good programming and data processing skills, time series analysis and M/EEG source estimation

·     Substantial expertise in scientific programming (preferable languages: Python, C, C++ ) and substantial knowledge of Linux and Windows

·     Strong motivation to carry out neuroimaging studies utilizing MEG and to perform source and connectivity analysis

·     Beneficial: basic knowledge of neuroscience concepts

·     Ability and willingness to work independently and proactively

·     Confident appearance and ability to work cooperatively in an interdisciplinary environment

·     Good interpersonal and communication skills, structured and systematic working style

·     Fluent in English (spoken and written); beneficial: knowledge of German


The candidate will primarily be based at the Jülich Research Center, Germany.


What we offer:

We offer a position in a creative and international team, themes ranging from computational neuroscience, simulation technology and multimodal imaging, and The Jülich Research Center is one of the largest research centers in Germany, with excellent scientific equipment, located on a green campus, and near the cultural centers Köln, Düsseldorf, and Aachen.


The PhD position is available for 3 years.


Applications, including a letter clearly motivating your application, CV, publication list, copies of university certificates, and one reference letter should be sent as a single PDF email attachment (max. 10MB) until May 31st , 2016, to: Dr. Jürgen Dammers (


Project leaders will be:

Prof. Dr. Sonja Grün (INM-6/IAS-6), Dr. Junji Ito (INM-6/IAS-6), Dr. Jürgen Dammers (INM-4)

Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-6, INM-4), Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS-6), Jülich Research Center and JARA52425 Jülich, Germany,

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