For blind patients who cannot profit from a retinal implant, intracortical visual prostheses offer great promise. However, at the time, intracortical prostheses have had limited success, mainly because they require strong stimulation currents, which generate non-specific percepts and also bears the risk of tissue damage. We address these limitations by targeting complex response properties of neural populations in areas beyond primary visual cortex to generate more specific percepts and link electrical stimulation patterns in a closed-loop setup. Generally, our approaches shall provide further insight into brain dynamics, while exploring options for its external stimulation and the potential of interfaces to target perceptual content.
How to Apply
In case you are interested, we kindly ask you to send a detailed motivation letter, CV, transcripts and contact details of two referees, who are willing to provide a reference letter, all in a single PDF file.
Contact: PD Dr. Dirk Jancke
Optical Imaging Group, Institut für Neuroinformatik
Required is an excellent university degree in Biology, Medicine, Physics, or a related discipline. Successful candidates should have a strong background in neuroscience, expertise in electrophysiology, and good programming skills (Matlab/Python) applicable to complex data recordings, analysis, and mathematical concepts. The willingness to work within integrative frameworks is highly desirable. Good communication skills, creative and independent thinking, and fluent English are mandatory. The candidate may participate in the PhD program of the International Graduate School of Neuroscience (IGSN).