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PhD-Program „Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience“

The graduate program "Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). It is hosted by the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Göttingen and is conducted jointly by the University of Göttingen, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, the German Primate Center, and the European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen.

Understanding the computational capabilities of neural systems requires a unique mix of theoretical, computational and biological skills that were in the past distributed across different disciplines mainly biology, physics, computer science, psychology, and medicine. The graduate program “Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience” is designed to bring these fields together thus creating a new generation of scientists that are equally at home with the thoroughly quantitative and mathematical mode of thought of the exact sciences and with the complexities of real nervous systems. Göttingen is a center of Neuroscience in Europe with numerous cutting edge research activities in all its aspects. In a national competition, Göttingen was awarded a national center for Computational Neuroscience, the Bernstein Center. Thus, the graduate program is well embedded in an excellent research infrastructure in Computational Neuroscience.

To cover the interdisciplinary nature of this program we will welcome national and international students with backgrounds in physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, computer science, medicine, and mathematics. Teaching language will be English. After an initial period of course work students will complete a PhD by research in their chosen field.

Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience is well established in Göttingen with research facilities in 2 Max Planck Institutes (Dynamics and Self- Organization, Biophysical Chemistry), Faculties of Physics, Psychology, Medicine, and Mathematics/Informatics at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, and the German Primate Research Center (DPZ) and by the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN).

Already over the past years, the computational neuroscience community in Göttingen has been offering innovative courses in Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience. These have included lectures in neural networks and theoretical neuroscience, seminars and practical courses on topics in theoretical neuroscience, and an annual advanced summer school in computational neuroscience. A new chair of Computational Neuroscience funded by the BCCN was established at the University of Göttingen further extending the training capabilities of Göttingen's Computational Neuroscience community. The new program “Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience” will extend these offers and shape them into a comprehensive and interdisciplinary curriculum. Moreover, the program will benefit from synergies with the graduate programs of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB).

For further information please visit: www.ggnb.uni-goettingen.de/ptcn