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Head of the Laboratory Neurophysics


The Campus Institute for Dynamics of Biological Networks at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen invites applications for the position as

Head of the Laboratory Neurophysics

This position is available immediately. This is a full time position with an unlimited contract. Salary and working hours will be according to the German pay scale 14 TV-L. 

The mission of the Laboratory Neurophysics will be to study the dynamics of neurons and neuronal populations, utilizing biophysical approaches, cellular electrophysiology, and neural interface technologies. The Head of the unit will guide the operation of the laboratory, design and conduct studies, supervise scientists, develop instrumentation, and acquire independent research funding. The Laboratory Neurophysics will serve as an interface for collaborative projects at the Göttingen Campus on the dynamics of neuronal cells and populations and their control through neural interfaces. The Head of the Laboratory Neurophysics will contribute to such collaborative research projects as well as to interdisciplinary teaching and training at the faculties of biology, physics, and in the biomedical sciences. Teaching subjects will in particular include quantitative concepts and methods of experimental and theoretical neuroscience, neural interface technologies and their applications in fundamental research, neural prosthetics, and the restoration of sensory and motor function.

The successful candidate holds a Master in Science, University Diploma or equivalent, and a PhD or equivalent in biophysics, neuroscience or a related field, has a strong track record in biophysics and experimental and computational neuroscience, and an excellent publication record. We are looking for a person with in-depth experience in advanced quantitative methodologies and mathematical modelling in neuroscience/biophysics and the corresponding mathematical and programming capabilities. Experience with neural interfaces, quantitative imaging, cellular electrophysiology, molecular biology, and in vitro model systems will be essential. In order to optimally interact with partners on the Göttingen Campus, a broad range of research capabilities are expected: These include state of the art knowledge in synaptic and cellular physiology, in the biophysical basis of neural interface technologies, and in the development of instrumentation for stimulating animal and human brains. Experience with the study of cognitive and sensory-motor functions as well as with human studies will be advantageous. Neuroscience is a rapidly evolving field. We are looking for a person with the propensity to develop methods, rapidly adopt novel technologies and initiate cooperations with academic and industry partners. Experience in teaching and student supervision is required and should be documented in the application. Teaching languages are German and English.

The Göttingen Campus is a leading center of neuroscience in Europe, hosting numerous internationally renowned research institutions, including the University and its Medical Center, the five Max Planck Institutes, the European Neuroscience Institute, the German Primate Center, and the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Göttingen. The Campus Institute for Dynamics of Biological Networks (CIDBN) is a newly founded transdisciplinary institute. Its mission is to foster frontier research at the border of the exact and biological sciences and to develop advanced mathematical and computational concepts for the analysis of biological networks. On the Göttingen Campus, the CIDBN closely interacts with the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, the German Primate Center, the faculties of Physics and Biology and the University Medical Center. It participates in three key research foci: Primate Cognition, Physics to Medicine and Life at the Nanoscale.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Please send your e-mail application, preferably in one single PDF-document, including a letter of interest, your curriculum vitae, a list of publications, copies of certificates and contact information of at least two references by Feb. 28th, 2019 to simone.kleinhans@biologie.uni-goettingen.de (Subject: Neurophysics, CIDBN). Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach-Institut fuer Zoologie und Anthropologie, Department Systems Neuroscience, Mrs Simone Kleinhans, Von-Siebold-Str. 6, 37075 Göttingen.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Yvonne Reimann via e-mail: yvonne.reimann@uni-goettingen.de.

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