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13-02-2017

PhD and Postdoc positions in Sensory/Systems Neuroscience

In January 2017, our collaborative research centre “Robust Vision – Inference Principles and Neural Mechanisms” (CRC 1233) started. Funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation), a group of more than 20 PIs will jointly address the question why biological visual systems are so remarkably robust. To this end, we will combine expertise in experimental and computational neuroscience, as well as in machine learning and computer vision.

As part of interdisciplinary collaborations within the CRC, 6 PhD and 1 Postdoc positions are available in different labs at the University of Tübingen.

Positions

1) One PhD student position

Applications are sought for one PhD student position on the topic of “Natural stimuli for mice: environment statistics and neural representations in the early visual system” in the group of Thomas Euler at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research and the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN).

This project will explore the visual input received by the mouse visual system under natural conditions and how such input is processed along key stages of the early visual system. We expect a better understanding of efficient neural coding of natural scenes and the extent to which early visual representations are adapted to the statistics of the visual world. The PhD student will be responsible for the acquisition of natural movies, and for in vitro two-photon calcium recordings from the mouse retina. The project will be jointly conducted with a PhD student who will be based primarily in Laura Busse’s lab at the LMU Munich and will focus on in vivo recording from mouse primary visual cortex in response to naturalistic stimuli.

The candidate for the position in Tübingen requires strong engineering skills, a keen interest in neural computations and the readiness to acquire the necessary experimental skills. A background in neuroscience will be considered an asset. Importantly, the candidate requires the ability to work in a distributed team. 

The candidate will be working at the CIN and the Institute for Ophthalmic Research under the joint supervision of Frank Schaeffel and Thomas Euler, in close collaboration with the Zeiss Vision Science Lab and Laura Busse’s group at the LMU Munich.

Applications should include a CV, a statement of research motivation and experience, and the names of at least two referees. Please compile your application in one single PDF-file and email it to positions[at]eulerlab.org. See also “General Information” below.

2) Two PhD student positions

Applications are sought for two PhD student positions on the topic of “Image processing within a locally complete retinal ganglion cell population”. One position will focus on the experimental and data analysis part in the group of Thomas Euler at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research and the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN). The other position will focus on the theoretical and computational modelling part in the group of Matthias Bethge at the CIN.

The goal of this project is to build data-driven convolutional neural network models as well as theory-driven models that capture the specific nonlinear computations performed by neural circuits in the retina of the mouse. The project will be jointly conducted by the two PhD students. Both students are expected to contribute to data analyses and model evaluation.

The candidate for the position in the Euler lab requires experimental skills, and a keen interest in neural computations and the visual system. The PhD student will be responsible for the experimental side including data analysis, providing for the collection of large amounts of two-photon data on which data-driven model development relies. In addition, the PhD student is expected to contribute to model evaluation. Therefore, this position will include opportunities for designing a broad set of visual stimuli, and for in vitro two-photon calcium recordings from the mouse retina. A background in theoretical neuroscience will be considered an asset.

The candidate for the PhD position in the Bethge lab requires a strong background in Machine Learning and interest in neuroscience. Experience with deep learning and deep learning software such as TensorFlow will be particularly useful. More generally, expertise in system identification, optimization, and cross-validation will be important to the project. Besides the CRC, the position will provide great opportunities to interact with an international team of researchers working on related projects in the visual cortex.

The candidates will be working at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research, the CIN, and the Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) under the joint supervision of Matthias Bethge and Thomas Euler, in close collaboration with Philipp Berens.

Applications should include a CV, a statement of research motivation and experience, and the names of at least two referees. Please compile your application in one single PDF-file and email it to positions@eulerlab.org for the experimental position and to applications[at]bethgelab.org for the theoretical position. See also “General Information” below.

3) One PhD position

One PhD position is available in the group of Philipp Berens at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research and the Center for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) of the University of Tübingen.

In collaboration with Laura Busse (LGN/V1 physiology, LMU Munich) and Thomas Euler (retinal
imaging, University of Tübingen), the project will investigate transformations of representations between the retina and the dorsolateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN) of the thalamus.

The student in the Berens lab will be responsible for data analysis and development of new models of neural processing in the retina and LGN. The project requires strong analytical skills and programming experience ideally in Python/R; a background in computational neuroscience or machine learning is considered a plus. A second PhD student based primarily in Munich will have an experimental focus.  Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the project, excellent collaboration and team skills are essential.

Applications should include a CV, a statement of research motivation and experience, and the names of at least two referees. Please compile your application in one single PDF-file and email it to philipp.berens[at]uni-tuebingen.de and add [CRC PhD Student] in the title. See also “General Information” below.

4) One PhD position

One PhD position is available in the lab of Frank Schaeffel at the Ophthalmic Research Institute. The project studies perceptual consequences  of fixational eye movements and will be jointly supervised by Frank Schaeffel, Ziad Hafed at the CIN and Katharina Rifai at the Zeiss Vision Lab. Profile of expertise is neurophysiology, vision, physiological  optics, human psychophysics, C++ programming (or at least strong interest in learning it). We are looking for a biologist, psychologist, or someone from related fields. Eligibility  for the PhD program is mandatory (a Master degree or equivalent).

Applications should include a statement of interest, CV, certificates documenting scientific training, two names for references, and a publication list. Please compile your application in one single PDF file and e-mail it to frank.schaeffel[at]uni-tuebingen.de. See also “General Information” below.

5) One Postdoc position

One Postdoc position is available in the lab of Ziad Hafed at the CIN. The research project represents a neurophysiological analysis of the visual consequences of fixational eye movements, using non-human primate neurophysiology and will be jointly supervised by Ziad Hafed, Frank Schaeffel and Katharina Rifai. The profile of expected expertise includes visual system,  neurophysiology, C++ and/or MatLab programming (or at least strong interest in learning it). Experience with non-human primate neurophysiology is not mandatory (will be learned in the lab), but will be highly valued. We are looking for a biologist, psychologist, or somebody from related fields. Completed requirements for a PhD are mandatory.

Applications should include a statement of interest, CV, certificates documenting scientific training, two names for references, and a publication list. Please compile your application in one single PDF file and e-mail it to ziad.m.hafed[at]cin.uni-tuebingen.de. See also “General Information” below.

6) One PhD position

One PhD position is available in the group of Günther Zeck at the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute (NMI) at the University of Tübingen.
In collaboration with Jakob Macke (caesar Bonn) , Katharina Stingl and Eberhart Zrenner (Ophthalmic Research Institute, University of Tübingen), the project “Image-processing computations in artificial vision“ will investigate how electrically stimulated blind retina will achieve robust object coding. The PhD student will be responsible for electrical stimulation and for extracellular recording from blind mouse retina using micro-electrode arrays. Together with the collaboration partners, algorithms for robust object identification will be developed and tested with blind patients.

The project requires skills in neural engineering, interest in neural computations and the readiness to acquire the necessary experimental skills. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the project, excellent collaboration and team skills are essential.

Applications should include a CV, a statement of research motivation and experience, and the names of two referees. Please compile your application in one single PDF-file and email it to guenther.zeck[at]nmi.de  and add [CRC PhD Student] in the title. See also “General Information” below.

General information

For the PhD position applications, eligibility for the PhD program is mandatory (a MSc degree or equivalent). Positions are immediately available, with funding for 3 years (with the option on a 1-year extension). We offer employment with a salary and social benefits based on the collective agreement for public service employees in the academic and science sector, TV-L. The CRC promotes gender equality and therefore particularly encourages female scientists to apply. Preferential status will be given to handicapped persons, if equally qualified.

The Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) is an interdisciplinary institution funded by the German Excellence Initiative program. The CIN strives to deepen our understanding of how the brain generates function and how brain diseases impair functions. Its scientific program is guided by the conviction that progress in the understanding of brain function can be achieved with an integrative approach spanning multiple levels of organization and pooling the knowledge of researchers from many different fields.

The Institute for Ophthalmic Research cooperates closely with the University Eye Hospital under the umbrella of the Centre for Ophthalmology. The Institute aims at uncovering the causes for degenerative, inflammatory, neoplastic, and vascular diseases of the eye and developing diagnostics and therapies based on these discoveries. Translational research is jointly performed with the University Eye Hospital Tuebingen.

The Natural and Medical Sciences Institute (NMI) at the University Tübingen conducts application-oriented research at the interface between the life sciences and material science. Together with scientific and industrial partners the NMI facilitates the successful launching of numerous products into the biomedical market.

Tübingen is a vibrant university city in the south of Germany. Besides the CIN, Tübingen is also home to the Hertie Institute for Cognitive Neurology and several institutes of the Max Planck Society, among others. This allows for a tremendous exposure to the latest advances in neuroscience, vision/robotics, human-computer interaction, brain-computer interfaces, etc. There are also opportunities for collaborative projects across labs/institutes.

18-01-2017

Postdoctoral Researcher in Medical Data Science for Ophthalmology

The lab of Philipp Berens (www.berenslab.org) at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research (www.eye-tuebingen.de) at the Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen is offering a position as Postdoctoral Researcher (TV-L, 100%) in  Medical Data Science for Ophthalmology to be filled as soon as possible, with funding for up to 4 years. The successful candidate will perform research at the interface of data science and medicine with the goal to advance statistical methods for predicting disease onset or identifying risk factors by combining classical epidemiological approaches with recent developments in deep learning. The work will be done in close collaboration with the lab of Marius Ueffing and the ZEISS Vision Lab at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research and will contribute to a better understanding of ophthalmic diseases such as diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration.

The Berens lab conducts research in computational neuroscience, data science and biostatistics with a focus on developing tools to integrate various data sources. We have recently developed a framework based on deep neural networks for detecting diabetic retinopathy from fundus images modeling the decision uncertainty of the classifier (https://doi.org/10.1101/084210). Tübingen is home to a vibrant machine learning community with ample opportunity for interaction with researchers at both the University as well as the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. The Institute of Ophthalmic Research is part of the Center of Ophthalmology, covering various aspects of ophthalmic research from basic retinal neuroscience to the development of gene therapy and neuroprosthetics.

We offer employment with a salary and social benefits based on the collective agreement for public service employees in the academic and science sector, TV-L. The Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen promotes gender equality and therefore particularly encourages female scientists to apply. Preferential status will be given to handicapped persons, if equally qualified.

Requirements:

  • PhD in machine learning, statistics or related fields
  • Experience with medical data
  • Programming experience in Python and R
  • Strong publication record and scientific independence

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Philipp Berens (philipp.berens[at]uni-tuebingen.de) providing a curriculum vitae, a one-page description of past research experience & future research interests, a one-page description of the motivation for applying to this position and names of at least two people that could provide letters of reference.

Please compile your application in one single PDF-file and add [Data Science Postdoc] to the subject line.

23-11-2016

PhD Position in The Experimental Retinal Prosthetics group

The Experimental Retinal Prosthetics group (Dr. Daniel Rathbun and Professor Eberhart Zrenner) at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research at the Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen are offering a PhD position.

To be filled as soon as possible, with funding for 2+1 years. We offer employment with a salary and social benefits based on the collective agreement for public service employees in the academic and science sector, TV-L. The Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen promotes gender equality and therefore particularly encourages female scientists to apply.

The successful candidate will explore characterizing ganglion cells in the mouse retina by applying fluorescence microscopy and electrophysiology, e.g. microelectrode array and patch clamp. The goal of the project is selective activation of ganglion cell types with electrical microstimulation.

Requirements:

  • Background in neuroscience
  • Background in statistics and data analysis
  • Experience with electrophysiology
  • Programming experience in Python, Matlab, R or similar

The application package is expected to contain:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • Two reference letters
  • The motivation for applying to this position

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Daniel Rathbun (Daniel.rathbun[at]uni-tuebingen.de) or Dr. Zohreh Hosseinzadeh (zohreh.hosseinzadeh[at]uni-tuebingen.de).

05-04-2016

EYERISK - 1 Postdoctoral Researcher

The Ueffing lab at the Centre for Ophthalmology Tübingen seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join a colloborative project on AMD funded by the EU. The position is available starting June 1st 2016 and the project runs until April 2019.

Project description:

Focus of the project will be the study of protein networks and protein function in AMD. Experimental work at the postdoctoral position is embedded into the international consortium EYE-RISK (www.eyerisk.eu) that is funded by the EU framework programme H2020. The EYE-RISK consortium focuses on genetic and non-genetic risks of AMD. The main question is how risks turn into disease on a molecular level and it is pursued using multi-­‐omics analytical strategies. As part of EYE-RISK, the postdoctoral researcher will focus on analysing the networks and function of proteins implicated in AMD and the dynamic alterations of these networks. The successful candidate will develop her/his project in close cooperation with the nine leading European laboratories and two industrial partners that are partners in EYE-RISK.

Requirements:

The ideal postdoctoral candidate has PhD and strong background in either biochemistry or retinal cell biology or molecular cell biology. Excellent command of English and communication skills are both required. The ability to work well in teams, a high degree of self-motivation and interest in driving scientific progress is essential. Strong writing skills with a proven track record of successful research and publishing is essential. Prior experience with quantitative proteomics, especially in targeted, absolute quantification would be favourable.

Workplace and Team:

The Ueffing lab runs a state-of-the-art facility for mass spectrometric analysis of proteins and their complexes. Our focus is to elucidate how gene variants and mutations affect protein complexes and protein networks and thereby cause disease. To this end, we develop and apply novel technologies for the analysis of proteins and protein complexes. We can offer to work in a team of highly motivated scientists, a stimulating atmosphere and access to advanced technical infrastructure. The Institute for Ophthalmic Research is an integral part of the Centre for Ophthalmology and of the Quantitative Biology Center of the University of Tübingen (www.qbic.uni-tuebingen.de). Founded in 1477, the University of Tübingen is one of the most renowned research universities in Europe and a prime location for academic studies and research. Its outstanding schools and departments are consistently ranked among Germany’s best, making it one of the few Excellence Universities in Germany.

To apply:

Please e-mail a single pdf file containing 

  • a cover letter of 1-­‐2 pages that describes your research interests and experience,
  • a CV, and
  • the names of three academic references, including their contact information.

Please send your application until May 1st 2016 to matthias.gerberding@uni-­‐tuebingen.de.

More information on the website of the EYE-RISK project: www.eyerisk.eu