PhD Student - Position

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PhD student (f/m/d) in EEG/fMRI data analysis in sleep and neuroplasticity research

The Behavioural Neurobiology group (Prof. Dr. Steffen Gais) at the Institute of Medical Psychology and
Behavioural Neurobiology, University of Tübingen, is looking for a
PhD student (f/m/d) in EEG/fMRI data analysis in sleep and neuroplasticity research
at the earliest possible date. The position is temporary with the purpose of completing a PhD.
Remuneration is 65% according to TV-L E13.

Our research group is particularly interested in the relationship between sleep and neuronal plasticity.
To this end, we use various behavioural paradigms with imaging techniques such as functional and
diffusion MRI, combined EEG-MRI or MEG and analysis methods from the field of machine learning.
Current projects, in which you will be involved, are investigating, e.g., how the process of falling asleep
affects stimulus processing, memory, and brain activity. An important part of the work will involve the
analysis of existing sleep EEG and MRI data with the aim of describing the cortical and subcortical
processes that determine the transition from wakefulness to sleep. In the course of the project, new
experimental data should also be collected. For more information about our research, please visit
www.gaislab.info.

Applicants should either have a Master's degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science or a
related field – experience with Matlab or Python and with the collection and analysis of MRI or EEG
data is helpful here – or a Master's degree from the field of machine learning, neural information
processing, or electrophysiological signal processing – here very good programming skills and
experience with EEG, MEG or MRI data are desirable.

PhDs candidates can join the Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience
(www.neuroschool-tuebingen.de), and it is possible to apply for a spot in the prestigious International
Max Planck Research School "The Mechanisms of Mental Function and Dysfunction". These offer a
PhD program with advanced training in neuroscience and soft skills.

We offer remuneration in accordance with TV-L (collective wage agreement for the Public Service of
the German Federal States) in addition to all the customary benefits granted to employees working in
public services. Severely handicapped persons with equal qualifications are given preferential
consideration. Interview expenses unfortunately cannot be covered. Please note the applicable
vaccination regulations. As the University of Tübingen aims to increase the proportion of women
among its academic staff, women are strongly encouraged to apply. Personnel appointments will be
made pursuant to the fundamental stipulations of the legal statutes for universities in Germany.

For further information about the position and to apply, please contact Prof. Dr. Steffen Gais
(steffen.gais@uni-tuebingen.de). Send your application by e-mail as a single PDF file.
Applications until 6th May 2024 will be given preference.

PhD position in Human Vision and Psychophysics (m/f/d)

The Department of Sensory and Sensorimotor Systems (PI Prof. Li Zhaoping) at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and at the University of Tübingen is currently looking for highly skilled and motivated individuals to work on projects aimed towards understanding visual attentional and perceptual processes using fMRI/MRI, TMS and/or EEG methodologies. The framework and motivation of the projects can be found at
https://www.lizhaoping.org/zhaoping/AGZL_HumanVisual.html.
The projects can involve one or more of the following tasks, for example, visual search tasks, stereo vision tasks, visual illusions. Research methods can involve one or more of the following, for example, fMRI/MRI technology, eye tracking, TMS and/or EEG methodologies, and computational modelling and other related methods as necessary. The explicit project and research methodology can be discussed in a case by case basis during the application process.
Responsibilities:
•    Conduct and participate in research projects such as lab and equipment set up, data collection, data analysis, writing reports and papers, and presenting at scientific conferences.
•    Participate in routine laboratory operations, such as planning and preparations for experiments, lab maintenance and lab procedures.
•    Participate in teaching assistance duties for university courses in our field.
Requirements:
•    Master’s degree in neuroscience, psychology, computer science, physics or a related natural science or engineering field.
•    Programming skills in MATLAB or Python or a similar language is required.
•    Skills in techniques of human visual psychophysics, experimental data taking, data analysis is highly desirable.
•    Skilled in report writing, previous peer reviewed publication is highly desirable.
•    Familiarity with hardware and techniques in one of the following techniques: eye tracking, fMRI/MRI, EEG, TMS, tDCS/tACS, and other related techniques such as in carrying out fMRI experiments is a plus.
•    Strong command of English; knowledge of German is a plus.           
Who we are:
We use a multidisciplinary approach to investigate sensory and sensory-motor transforms in the brain (www.lizhaoping.org). Our approaches consist of both theoretical and experimental techniques including human psychophysics, fMRI imaging, EEG, electrophysiology and computational modelling. One part of our group is located in the University, in the Centre for Integrative Neurosciences (CIN), and the other part is in the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics as the Department for Sensory and Sensorimotor Systems. You will have the opportunity to learn skills from other members of the group and benefit from multidisciplinary interactions, including with our collaborators locally and internationally. The PhD contract (TVöD-Bund E13, 65%) duration is for 3 years. We seek to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urge qualified women to apply. Disabled persons will be preferred in case of equal qualification.
Your application:
The position is available immediately and will be open until filled. We look forward to receiving your application that includes (1) a cover letter,  including a statement on roughly when you would like to start this position, (2) a motivation statement, (3) a CV, (4) names and contact details of three people for references,  (5) transcripts from your past and current education listing the courses taken and their grades, (6) if you have them, please also include copies of your degree certificates, (7) if you have them, include a pdf file of your best publication(s), or other documents and information that you think could strengthen your application. Please use a single pdf file for these documents and send it to jobs.li@tuebingen.mpg.de, where also informal inquiries can be addressed. Please note that applications without complete information in (1)-(5) will not be considered, unless the cover letter includes an explanation and/or information about when the needed materials will be supplied.
For further opportunities in our group, please visit https://www.lizhaoping.org/jobs.html

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Postdoc - Positions

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Postdoctoral position in Human Vision and Psychophysics (m/f/d)

The Department of Sensory and Sensorimotor Systems (PI Prof. Li Zhaoping) at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and at the University of Tübingen is currently looking for highly skilled and motivated individuals to work on projects aimed towards understanding visual attentional and perceptual processes. The framework and motivation of the projects can be found at: https://www.lizhaoping.org/zhaoping/AGZL_HumanVisual.html.
The projects can involve one or more of the following tasks, for example, visual search tasks, stereo vision tasks, visual illusions. Research methods can involve one or more of the following, for example, fMRI/MRI technology, eye tracking, TMS and/or EEG methodologies, and computational modelling and other related methods as necessary. The explicit project and research methodology can be discussed in a case by case basis during the application process. The postdoc will be working closely with the principal investigator and other members of Zhaoping's team when needed.

Responsibilities:
•    Conduct and participate in research projects such as lab and equipment set up, data collection, data analysis, writing reports and papers, and presenting at scientific conferences.
•    Participate in routine laboratory operations, such as planning and preparations for experiments, lab maintenance and lab procedures.
•    Coordinate with the PI and other team members for strategies and project planning.
•    Coordinate with the PI and other team members for project planning, and in supervision of student projects or teaching assistance for university courses in our field.

Requirements:

•    Ph.D. in neuroscience, psychology, computer science, physics or a related natural science or engineering field.
•    Publications in peer-reviewed journals.
•    Highly skilled in techniques of human visual psychophysics such as eye tracking, MATLAB programming for experiments, experimental data taking, data analysis, and paper writing.
•    Experience in project management is highly desired.
•    Strong command of English; knowledge of German is a plus.

Who we are:
We use a multidisciplinary approach to investigate sensory and sensorimotor transforms in the brain (www.lizhaoping.org). Our approaches consist of both theoretical and experimental techniques including human psychophysics, fMRI imaging, EEG/ERP, and computational modelling. One part of our group is located in the University, in the Centre for Integrative Neurosciences (CIN), and the other part is in the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biological Cybernetics as the Department for Sensory and Sensorimotor Systems. You will have the opportunity to learn other skills in our multidisciplinary group and benefit from interactions with our colleagues in the university, at MPI, as well as internationally. This job opening is for the CIN or the MPI working group. The position (salary level TVöD-Bund E13, 100%) is for a duration of two years. Extension or a permanent contract after two years is possible depending on situations. We seek to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urge qualified women to apply. Disabled persons will be preferred in case of equal qualification.

Your application:
The position is available immediately and will be open until filled. We look forward to receiving your application that includes (1) a cover letter, including a statement on roughly when you would like to start this position, (2) a motivation statement, (3) a CV, (4) names and contact details of three people for references, (5) if you have them, transcripts from your past and current education listing the courses taken and their grades, (6) if you have them, please also include copies of your degree certificates, (7) you may include a pdf file of your best publication(s), or other documents and information that you think could strengthen your application. Please use a single pdf file for these documents and send it to jobs.li@tuebingen.mpg.de, where also informal inquiries can be addressed. Please note that applications without complete information in (1)-(4) will not be considered, unless the cover letter includes an explanation and/or information about when the needed materials will be supplied.

For further opportunities in our group, please visit https://www.lizhaoping.org/jobs.html