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PhD student position: Mathematical modeling of development and suppression of pathological activation in basal ganglia-cortex loops

Advertising institute: INM-6 - Computational and Systems Neuroscience
Reference number: D138/2013, Physics, mathematics or computer science

In the framework of the Klinische Forschergruppe (KFO) 219 "Basalganglien-Kortex Schleifen: Mechanismen pathologischer Interaktionen und ihrer therapeutischen Modulation" (Basal ganglia-cortex loops: Mechanisms of pathologic interactions and their therapeutic modulation) we have an open PhD student position in work package 9: "Mathematical modeling of development and suppression of pathological activation in basal ganglia – cortex loops“.

This project focuses on the generation of pathological beta band oscillations in basal ganglia and their susceptibility to suppression by means of pharmacological challenges or deep brain stimulation. Specifically, this projects aims to model dynamics in basal ganglia – thalamus – cortex loops drawing on computational neuroscience approaches and data deriving from other work packages within the research consortium.

We are seeking for a candidate with a master’s degree in physics, mathematics or computer science. The candidate will develop microscopic network models and will be supervised by the projects leaders, particularly by a postdoctoral fellow supervising the entire work package as well as Prof. Morrison. Programming expertise is appreciated. The candidate will be primarily based at the Jülich Research Center to foster interactions with theoretical neuroscientists. In addition, the candidate is expected to work jointly with project partners at the University Clinic of Cologne.

We offer a position in a creative and international team, themes ranging from computational neuroscience to simulation technology. The Jülich Research Center is one of the largest research centers in Germany, with excellent scientific equipment, located on a green campus, and near the cultural centers Köln, Düsseldorf, and Aachen.

The PhD position is available for 3 years, starting as soon as possible.

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Applications, including a motivation letter, CV, publication list, copies of university certificates, and one reference letter should be sent as a single PDF email attachment (max. 10MB) mentioning the internal reference code KFO219-TP9 to:

Dr. Martina Reske ( – Scientific Coordinator

Project leaders will be:
Prof. Dr. Markus Diesmann &
Prof. Dr. Abigail Morrison &
Dr. Tom Tetzlaff
Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-6)
Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS-6)
Jülich Research Center and JARA
52425 Jülich, Germany