Job ID: 5373

Ph.D. Student in Tübingen/Germany

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 28 February 2021

City: Tübingen

Country: Germany

Institution: University of Tübingen

Department: Institute for Ophthalmic Research / CIN


2 PhD positions as part of interdisciplinary collaborations are available in Laura Busse’s lab at the Faculty of Biology of the LMU Munich and Thomas Euler’s lab at the Center for Integrative Neuroscience in Tübingen. The fully funded positions are part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center Robust vision: Inference Principles and neural mechanisms. In the project, we will explore the visual input received by the mouse visual system under natural conditions and study how such input is processed along key stages of the early visual system. The project continues from Qiu et al. (2020) and will include opportunities for performing recordings of the visual input encountered by freely behaving mice under naturalistic conditions, statistical analysis of the recorded video material, quantitative assessment of behavior, and measurements (2P calcium imaging / electrophysiology) of neural responses from mouse retina, visual thalamus and primary visual cortex in response to naturalistic movies. The project requires a combination of experimental skills and interest in engineering and programming. Since the project will be conducted in a collaborative, interdisciplinary setting and within a geographically distributed team, the candidate show have good capacity and value for teamwork and communication skills.
One of the positions will be place in Thomas Euler’s lab (U Tuebingen) with a focus on retinal aspects of the project. A complementary PhD position in Laura Busse’s lab (LMU Munich), with a focus on central vision aspects, will closely collaborate on the development of the recording hardware and the software framework for data analysis and modelling. Both positions offer a thriving scientific environment, structured PhD programs and numerous opportunities for networking and exchange. For applications to Thomas Euler’s position within the project, see further instructions on the lab’s webpage (


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