The Bernstein Center for Neurotechnology Goettingen (BCNT) invites applications for 2 PostDoctoral or Ph.D. student positions in the project “Magnetic stimulation in cell culture and brain”.

In this German-Israeli cooperation between the Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, the Weizmann Institute (Rehovot, Israel) and the Medical School of Göttingen University, we will combine numerical simulations, experimental work on neuronal cultures and clinical trials to achieve a detailed understanding of the cellular effects of magnetic stimulation (TMS) and direct current stimulation (tDCS). With this background we hope to achieve a rational design of therapeutic treatment paradigms for these brain stimulations.
In this context two foci should be covered by the successful applicants:
1. numerical simulations of neurons on various levels of complexity. In addition numerical simulations of electromagnetic fields in space with anisotropic impedance will be performed.
2. experiments with magnetic stimulation in both, clinical trials and in vivo / in vitro model systems. The aim is to test and transfer new stimulation paradigms.
The successful applicants will get the opportunity to develop skills is both areas.
The successful applicant is interested in tackling problems in an interdisciplinary group and has a degree in neuroscience, physics, applied mathematics or engeneering and experience with numerical simulations.
Goettingen is a university town with a long tradition and a vivid student atmosphere – and it is a center of neuroscience research in Germany. Besides the recently established BCNT and several institutes of the Goettingen University the neuroscience community also includes three Max-Planck-Institutes, the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, the European Neuroscience Institute, the Center for Molecular Physiology of the Brain and the German Primate Center. Goettingen will host the Third International Conference on Transcranial Magnetic and Direct Current Stimulation.
The initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility of extension. Salary for the PhD positions is according to the German TVÖD (“Entgeltgruppe” 13 or 14, depending on qualifications) with benefits. We are committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially encourage them to apply. We aim to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and urge them to apply.
Applications (including a statement of interest, CV, publication list, certificates, addresses of references) should consist of one pdf-document and sent to Dr. Andreas Neef: or Prof. Walter Paulus:

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