Job ID: 5434

Post-doctoral position in Magdeburg/Germany

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 19 March 2021

Contract Length: 12/2024

City: Magdeburg

Country: Germany

Institution: Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg

Department: Sensory Physiology

Description:

The Sensory Physiology group at OVGU Magdeburg, led by Kristine Krug, investigates how neuronal interactions shape perceptual decisions in primates. We research the relationship between neurons, circuits and behaviour in Rhesus monkeys and humans, with methods including cellular neurophysiology, high field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and cutting-edge brain intervention methods, including ultrasound and electrical micro-stimulation. In collaboration with Prof. Petra Ritter (Charité Berlin), we seek to recruit a postdoctoral research scientist to investigate how longer-term changes in neuronal interactions between brain areas in frontal, parietal and visual cortex shape cognitive resource allocation for decision-making.

The four-year project (CRC 1436, C05: Intervening in circuits for cognitive resource allocation in primates) takes a combined theoretical and empirical approach to investigate causally – from neurons to behaviour – how resource allocation in visual and parietal brain regions can be controlled by altering functional connectivity in the Rhesus monkey. In this project, we combine ultrasound brain stimulation, high-field MRI at 7T, neurophysiological recordings and computational modelling to deliver targeted control of resource allocation in decision tasks.
Requirements for the position:
Master’s degree or equivalent and PhD (or close to submission) in neuroscience, medicine, physics or other science with strong quantitative background
strong academic/research record
experience with magnetic resonance imaging is strongly desired
experience with neurophysiology, ultrasound stimulation, psychophysics and/or neurocomputation would be an advantage
interest in or experience with research with non-human primates is essential
focus and motivation to make a significant contribution to developing an ambitious research programme as part of an interdisciplinary, international research team

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