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Master Thesis - Investigation of Effects upon Insertion of Intraretinal Implant


At the Institute of Biological Information Processing, Bioelectronics (IBI-3) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, physicists, chemists, biologists, material scientists, and engineers perform joint research on the scientific principles of the functional link between biological matter and electronic components. This collaboration has led to the development of platforms for microfluidics, micro-and nano-patterning, electronic biosensors, neural implants, and neuromorphic plarforms. These technologies are developed not only to understand biological processes but to pave their way in neurotechnology and neuroscience.

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Your Job:

Neural interfaces are electronic devices that interact with the nervous system to capture and control neural activity, aiming in this way to map neural networks, understand the principles behind neurodegenerative diseases, and/or restore sensorimotor functions. In particular, this project comprises the investigation of implantation forces of penetrating retinal implants and the invasiveness to the retinal physiology. To eventually implement retinal prosthetic devices in humans, we first have to characterize its biocompatibility. The current state-of-the-art aims for a better implant-tissue interface and long-term stability, however to what extent the implantation process influences the local neuronal network, is less known.

Your tasks will include:

  • performing electrophysiological experiments
  • dealing with huge data sets of experimental data in Matlab or Python
  • imaging and quantification of fluorescent signals
  • investigation of signal pathways with pharmacology

Your Profile:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in biomedical/electrical engineering, biology, physics, or related field
  • Ability to communicate with scientists and technicians from various disciplines
  • Well-structured and systematic research approach
  • Passion for science
  • Advantageous, yet not mandatory, is knowledge in mechanical Biophysics and Pharmacology
  • Interest in the field of Electrophysiology and Neuroscience

Please feel free to apply for the position even if you do not have all the required skills and knowledge. We may be able to teach you missing skills during your induction.

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:

  • An interesting and socially relevant topic for your thesis with future-oriented themes
  • Ideal conditions for gaining practical experience alongside your studies
  • An interdisciplinary collaboration on projects in an international, committed and collegial team
  • Excellent technical equipment and the newest technology
  • Qualified support through your scientific colleagues
  • The chance to independently prepare and work on your tasks
  • Flexible working hours as well as a reasonable remuneration
  • A large research campus with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work
  • Flexible work (location) arrangements, e.g. remote work

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.

We look forward to receiving your application. The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible.

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Last Modified: 19.09.2022