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PHD POSITION Interfacing flexible microelectrode arrays to neural tissue (m/w/d)

The NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen, a research institute of the Innovationsallianz Baden-Württemberg, is dedicated to applied research at the interface of Life Sciences and Material Sciences. The Neurophysics lab at the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute (NMI) at the University of Tübingen, Germany has immediate opening for a PhD position.

In the proposed experimental project, the interfacing (electrophysiological recording and simultaneous stimulation) of flexible electrode arrays to single neurons, nerve fibres and neural tissue shall be pursued.

Job description

In several collaborative projects funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research, we interface flexible microelectrode arrays to neural tissue, aiming to record single unit activity and field potentials. Our main goal is to understand network activity at single cell resolution and develop appropriate tools, i.e. by stimulating selected areas or cell types using optogenetic strategies. The Neurophysics lab (head: Dr. Günther Zeck) has published first results (H. Stutzki et al., J.Neurophysiol. 2016; A. Corna et al., J.Neur.Eng. 2018) where flexible microelectrode arrays revealed the activation of retinal circuits to artificial stimulation. The prospective PhD student will closely collaborate with partner institutes at the University Hospital Tübingen and with MedTech companies.

For further information about our lab, please visit: https://www.nmi.de/en/working-groups/biomedicine-and-materials-sciences/neurophysics/

Requirements

  • Master degree in Biology, Biomedical Sciences or similar
  • Experience conducting electrophysiological experiments
  • Willingness to learn and perform basic electrophysiological data analysis (MATLAB or Python)

We offer

  • A thesis within an exciting multidisciplinary project and a highly innovative research topic
  • Brand new state-of-the-art facilities
  • A supportive and scientifically engaging environment with careful supervision
  • Remuneration according to the TV-L scale EG 13, 50%, contract is limited to three years
  • The prospective PhD student will be enrolled in the Graduate Training Center of Neuroscience at the University Tübingen (http://www.neuroschool-tuebingen.de/).

Interested? Click on "Apply for this position now". The online application takes only two minutes.

Your contact person

Ms Katja Rösslein

Contact

NMI Naturwissenschaftliches und Medizinisches Institut an der Universität Tübingen
Markwiesenstraße 55
72770 Reutlingen

Phone: +49 7121 5153070
E-Mail: bewerbung@nmi.de