Jobs

For PhD candidates:
At the ESI, we aim at recruiting PhD students primarily through the International Max Planck Research School for Neural Circuits. Applications outside this program are also welcome at any time and should be sent directly to the head of the lab in which the PhD candidate wishes to work.

For Postdoc candidates:
Applications for postdoc positions are welcome at any time and should be sent directly to the head of the lab in which the postdoc candidate wishes to work.

The laboratory of Dr. Martin Vinck at the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society is seeking candidates for Ph.D. positions.

Students will work on two classes of problems. First, we aim to solve various methodological / neurostatistical problems for offline and on-line, closed-loop analysis of multivariate neuroscience datasets. Second, we are developing models of visual cortex in order to test specific hypotheses about the relationship between cortical dynamics and computation. PhD students will work together with experimental neuroscientists and apply methods and models on experimental datasets from primate and rodent animal models, including electrophysiological and calcium imaging data. We are primarily looking for students with training in a quantitative discipline (physics, engineering, computer science etc.). 

 

Interested candidates are invited to send their application materials in electronic form (PDF format) to martin.vinck@esi-frankfurt.de

 

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. The advertisement will be valid until positions are filled.

 

Dr. Martin Vinck martin.vinck@esi-frankfurt.de Research Group Leader Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society Deutschordenstr. 46, D-60528 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Postdoc & Ph.D. positions in electrophysiology and optogenetics

 

The laboratory of Dr. Martin Vinck at the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society is seeking candidates for Postdoc and Ph.D. positions.

 

Projects will apply parallel, large-scale electrophysiological recording techniques of single units and EEG in combination with closed-loop optogenetic manipulation methods to investigate mechanisms of information encoding and transmission in mice brains. We are particularly interested in the way in which the brain efficiently encodes information, and the way in which sensory predictions established in higher areas influence sensory representations in earlier sensory areas. We are furthermore interested in investigating the role of GABAergic interneurons in selective attention and neuronal oscillations. We address these questions using laminar recordings in combination with optogenetics in mice, as well as through the development of novel tools for the quantitative analysis of large-scale electrophysiological data. Within the ESI, tight collaborations exist with the lab of Prof. Dr. Pascal Fries.

 

Because we are searching for members that can strengthen an interdisciplinary team, we are encouraging students/researchers with a background  either in biological/medical sciences or in physics/engineering/mathematics/etc. to apply. The ideal PhD or postdoc candidate has previous experience and strengths either in 1) performing hands-on experimental work and electrophysiological recordings or 2) hardware engineering  and  quantitative  analysis  of  large- scale data. We are searching for applicants with good communication skills and a high commitment and curiosity about neuroscientific questions.

 

Interested candidates are invited to send their application materials in electronic  form  (PDF format)  to  martin.vinck(at)esi-frankfurt.de

 

Applications should contain a letter of intent, a detailed curriculum vitae,  lists  of  university courses completed with marks obtained (only for PhD candidates), and the names of at least two scientists who can give references. The advertisement will be valid until positions are filled.

 

Dr. Martin Vinck martin.vinck(at)esi-frankfurt.de Research Group Leader

Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society Deutschordenstr. 46, D-60528

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Das Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society ist ein Spitzenforschungsinstitut im Bereich der neurowissenschaftlichen Grundlagenforschung (http://esi-frankfurt.de/). Wir suchen zur Mitarbeit in der selbständigen Nachwuchsgruppe von Dr. Martin Vinck zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt in Vollzeit eine/n

Technische/r Assistent/in (MTA, BTA, VTA).

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Wir bieten Ihnen eine vielseitige, interessante Tätigkeit in einem internationalen wissenschaftlichen Umfeld mit hervorragender Forschungsinfrastruktur. Die Vergütung erfolgt je nach Qualifikation und Erfahrung in Anlehnung an den TVöD.

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up-and-coming scientists applying for starting grants

Up-and-coming scientists aiming to start their own independent research group can currently apply for funding by several grant programs, like e.g. the ERC Starting Grants. A prerequisite is the support of a host institute. The Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society seeks

up-and-coming scientists applying for starting grants,

who are enthusiastic about pursuing an independent research program at ESI.

ESI is an independent research institute under the scientific governance of the Max Planck Society and with the mission to perform excellent fundamental brain research. Current ESI groups focus on cognitive and systems neuroscience and use an exceptional infrastructure that allows among others MRI, MEG, and in-vivo neurophysiology and optogenetics in all common mammalian model systems. Successful candidates should capitalize on this infrastructure and further extend ESI’s research portfolio. They hold a PhD and have a record of excellence in research. If the starting grant is limited to 5 years or less, ESI will cover the group leader’s salary for two additional years, given positive scientific evaluation. Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a short statement of proposed research, and plans to apply for starting grants to starting(at)esi-frankfurt.de, addressed to Prof. Dr. Pascal Fries.