PhD position - Comp. Neuro. - Navigation using spiking neural networks Computational Neuroscience

Job Description

Prof. Sen Cheng at the Institute for Neural Computation, Faculty for Computer Science, Ruhr University Bochum, invites applications for a

Doctoral position (TV-L E13, 65%) in Computational Neuroscience.

Are you curious about how the human brain stores memories? Have you wondered how we manage to navigate through space? Our dynamic research group uses diverse computational modeling approaches, including biological neural networks, cognitive modeling, and machine learning/artificial intelligence, to study learning and memory. Currently, we are actively seeking a talented graduate student to join our team, someone who will expand our computational modeling framework CobeL-spike ( and use it to study how spiking neural networks can learn to navigate.

The Ruhr University Bochum is home to a vibrant research community in neuroscience and cognitive science. The Institute for Neural Computation combines different areas of expertise ranging from experimental and theoretical neuroscience to machine learning and robotics.

The Ruhr University Bochum is committed to equal opportunity. We strongly encourage applications from qualified women and persons with disabilities. We are committed to providing a supportive work environment for female researchers, in particular those with young children. Our university provides mentoring and coaching opportunities specifically aimed at women in research. We have a strong research network with female role models and will provide opportunities to meet with them. Wherever possible, events will be scheduled during regular childcare hours. Special childcare will be arranged if events have to be scheduled outside of regular hours, in case of sickness and during school or daycare closures. Where childcare is not an option parents will be offered a home office solution.

The official posting of this vacancy can be found at

Contact person: Vinita Samarasinghe,

How to Apply

Please send your application, including CV, transcripts and research statement electronically, as a single PDF file, to In addition, at least two academic references must be sent independently to the above email address. The deadline for applications is 31.05.2024.

Please quote "ANR: 2920" when applying.


Candidates must

  • have a masters degree in neuroscience, physics, computer science, mathematics, psychology, or a related field

  • be able to work independently

  • have experience in mathematical modeling

  • have excellent programming skills,

  • have excellent communication skills in English, and

  • work well in a team.

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, in particular machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computer vision.

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