Student assistant to assist with programming Computational Neuroscience

Job Description

We are looking for a skillful student assistant to help with writing Python and C++ scripts as well as unit testing and documenting already developed scripts. The candidate will be part of a small team working on a project that ultimately leads to a novel computational model of the brain regions that are involved in learning and memory. This model will be used to improve our understanding of the neural mechanisms that underlie learning and memory. The model is under development in NEST, a simulator for biological spiking neural networks that is popular in computational neuroscience community worldwide ( However, no experience with NEST is required. This position provides the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience in computational neuroscience, therefore, it would be especially attractive for candidates who would like to pursue a career in neuroscience.

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

How to Apply

To apply please send a statement of your motivation, academic transcripts, and a complete CV to in a single PDF file.


Candidates must be enrolled at a German university and be able to program in Python and C++, communicate in English fluently and work well in a group. Prior experience with unit testing and documenting codes as well as numerical simulations of dynamical systems would be a further asset.

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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