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Für PhD Kandidat*innen

Am ESI rekrutieren wir PhD Student*innen hauptsächlich durch die International Max Planck Research School for Neural Circuits. Bewerbungen außerhalb dieses Programms sind ebenfalls jederzeit willkommen und sollten direkt an die Leitung der infragekommenden Forschungsgruppe gesendet werden (siehe Forschung/Überblick).

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Postdoctoral Researcher (m/w/d) - Laurens Lab

Jun 2021

The laboratory of Jean Laurens, at the Ernst Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience in Frankfurt, Germany, is looking for a:

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/w/d)

to study head direction cells through electrophysiology and computational neuroscience in behaving Marmoset monkeys. This position is fully funded for a duration of 3 years.

The laboratory

Jean Laurens studies the neuronal processes underlying the sense of movement and spatial orientation when moving in 3D space. His lab combines mathematical modelling with neuronal recordings in Marmoset monkeys behaving freely in a 3D enclosure or moved passively in a motorized rotator. His experiments focus on the head direction cells network, that forms a ‘neuronal compass’; and on central vestibular regions that integrate inner ear signals, vision and efference copies to sense self-motion and control balance. The laboratory is part of the Ernst Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience, a dynamic research institute with a focus on human and non-human primate neuroscience, located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

The project

This position is part of an international project that investigates how the loss of the vestibular sensory organs affects the ability to navigate.

Within this project, our lab will seek to understand (1) how the brain learns to associate a visual landmark, for instance a distant mountain, to a certain orientation in allocentric space, and (2) how the brain recognises which elements of a visual scene are stationary and can be reliably used as landmarks. To answer these questions, the appointee will record head direction cells as well as landmark-encoding cells in the thalamic, hippocampal and cortical head direction cells network in awake Marmoset monkeys.

The candidate

Candidates should be highly motivated, hold (or be about to hold) a Ph.D., be experienced in brain electrophysiology (or calcium imaging). Candidates should also be ready to undertake a research project that includes a significant mathematical component. Equal opportunity and diversity are important to us! All potential candidates are equally welcome and encouraged to apply, regardless of race or ethnic origin, gender, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. The ESI offers a family friendly work environment with affordable childcare (children 3-36 months) right next door, is well accessible via public transportation and offers free parking on the institute’s premises.

How to apply

The post-doc will ideally begin in September 2021, and the position will remain opened until filled. Interested candidates are invited to send an email to Jean.Laurens(at) Please send a cover letter explaining what motivates you to join the lab, a resume, and the coordinates of two scientists who can give references. The appointment is for 3 years initially (fully funded), with the possibility of extension; the salary is in accordance with the regulations for academic personnel in Germany.

PhDs & postdocs (m/w/d) - Rademaker Lab

Feb 2021

Become an inaugural member of our research group & do cool neuroscience research in the heart of Europe!

PhDs and postdocs (m/w/d)

What we offer:

  • Two fully funded PhD– and postdoc positions in cognitive neuroscience are available in our Max Planck research group – located at the Ernst Strüngmann Institute in Frankfurt, Germany. Start date is flexible (after July 1st 2021) and the positions will remain open until filled.
  • We want to build a collaborative environment to study the intersection between perception, cognition, and action in the brain. One particular focus is on the mechanisms of visual working memory, plus many other interests beyond this.
  • We have access to research dedicated (high-field) fMRI, MEG, and computational resources.
  • Besides ample resources, we offer a strong network of international collaborators, and the opportunity to work on cutting edge questions and techniques.

What we ask:

  • We are looking for smart & enthusiastic people with a deep curiosity about the brain. People who enjoy digging into the nitty-gritty of detailed problems; who love to seek answers to Really Big Questions; who thrive in a collaborative and international setting; who are okay with the occasional failures inherent to science.
  • We do not require entry tests (like the GRE), but do require an affinity for computational methods, critical thinking, and an eye for detail.
  • Potential postdocs: previous experience with programming (i.e. Matlab are Python) is required, and experience with neuroimaging (i.e. MEG and fMRI) preferred.
  • Potential PhD students: A proven track record showing your interest in neuroscience and computational methods is a big plus.

Of note:

Equality and diversity are important to us! We want to particularly encourage underrepresented minorities to apply, and we offer a family friendly work environment with affordable childcare right next door. For any further inquiries do not hesitate to get in touch. We’re happy to answer any and all questions.


To apply, send an email to containing the following information:

  • Research statement describing the neuroscience research questions you have worked on in the past, and outstanding questions you would like to address in the future (max 1 page).
  • Statement of purpose describing what drives and motivates your passion for neuroscience research. Please feel free to take this opportunity to discuss both the ups and downs of your path into scientific research or any perceived shortcomings in your application (max 1 page).
  • Recent CV including (if applicable) a list of publications, computational competencies, and other relevant experience.
  • The names, email addresses, & affiliations of 3 references.
  • Most recent transcript of your grades inculding a legend to interpret the scale (PhD applicants only).
  • The positions remain open until filled. Applications received after December 16th 2020 can expect a response – at the latest – during the last week of February 2021.

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