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Fully funded PhD position in computational neuroscience with Prof. Laurenz Wiskott in Bochum, Germany Theory of Neural Systems

Jobs Description

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Open position for a PhD student with
Prof. Laurenz Wiskott at the
Institute for Neural Computation, Bochum, Germany

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Institute:

Institute for Neural Computation
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitaetsstr. 150
D-44801 Bochum, Germany, EU

The Institute for Neural Computation is a central research institute at the
Ruhr-University Bochum, see https://www.ini.rub.de/. It focuses on the dynamics and
learning of perception and behavior on a functional level but is otherwise very
diverse, ranging from neurophysiology and psychophysics over computational
neuroscience to machine learning and technical applications.

Research group:

Prof. Dr. Laurenz Wiskott, see http://www.ini.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/PEOPLE/wiskott/

Research topics:

We are looking for an outstanding candidate who will be working on a model of the
hippocampus and neocortex investigating the interplay between episodic memory and
semantic memory. We use methods from neural networks and machine learning. It is
also planned to simulate experiments done with humans by our experimental partners in
Bochum and Münster.

The position is part of a team working jointly on developing a system-level model of
hippocampal function for memory and navigation. This is being doing in close
interaction with a team working on similar questions from the machine learning
perspective.

Teaching:

There is a teaching load of 3 hours per week during the semester, in particular for a
programming course in python.

Time:

The appointment will be for three years and can then be extended for one more year
if needed.

Requirements:

Candidates should have an education (equivalent to a MSc) in computer science,
physics, mathematics, electrical engineering or any related field. Required are strong
mathematical and programming skills (ideally in python) as well as the ability to
communicate and work well in a team.

Salary:

Salary is 75% of salary scale TV-L E13.

Inquiries:

Informal inquiries can be addressed to Prof. Laurenz Wiskott <laurenz.wiskott@rub.de>.

Application:

Applications (CV, transcript of records for MSc and BSc, statement of purpose) should
be sent as a single file pdf to Prof. Laurenz Wiskott <laurenz.wiskott@rub.de>.

Ruhr-University Bochum is committed to equal opportunity in employment and gender
equality in its working environment. We therefore look forward to applications from
qualified women. Applications from appropriately qualified handicapped persons are
also encouraged.


Ruhr University Bochum is committed to equal opportunity in employment and gender equality in its working environment. To increase gender distribution in all job categories and at all levels, we strongly encourage applications from qualified women. Female applicants will be given preferential consideration when their level of qualification, competence and professional achievements equals that of male candidates, unless arguments based on the personal background of a male co-applicant prevail. Applications from appropriately qualified handicapped persons are also encouraged.

The Institut für Neuroinformatik (INI) is a central research unit of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. We aim to understand the fundamental principles through which organisms generate behavior and cognition while linked to their environments through sensory systems and while acting in those environments through effector systems. Inspired by our insights into such natural cognitive systems, we seek new solutions to problems of information processing in artificial cognitive systems. We draw from a variety of disciplines that include experimental approaches from psychology and neurophysiology as well as theoretical approaches from physics, mathematics, electrical engineering and applied computer science.

Universitätsstr. 150, Building NB, Room 3/32
D-44801 Bochum, Germany

Tel: (+49) 234 32-28967
Fax: (+49) 234 32-14210