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Master and/or PhD positions in studies of top-down modulation of early sensory processing

Positions for PhD students („Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter”, salary on TVL basis) and master students are now available in the lab of Dr. Markus Rothermel, Emmy Noether Research group of Neuromodulation at the RWTH Aachen.

We receive sensory information via our sensory organs. However, what we perceive (and what we don’t!) is strongly influenced by our attention and arousal state. Our brain thereby actively influences and filters sensory information; mainly using so called “top-down” inputs. A major goal of our research is to understand how “top-down” inputs shape our perception of the external world and help us navigate through it. We therefore record neuronal activity at the single neuron and population level in transgenic mice and aim to decrypt the behavioral states that engage top-down mechanisms (see also for further information).

The Rothermel lab uses a variety of cutting-edge techniques in which the students will be trained, including in vivo two-photon microscopy, in vivo ephys, epifluorescence imaging, genetic and optogenetic manipulations, and behavioral experiments. We offer an open working flair, where we mutually benefit from each other’s experiences without restricting creativity.

We are seeking highly motivated individuals that want to join our DFG funded project (Emmy Noether Research group). The ideal candidate will have a background in neuroscience, engineering, or related discipline and an ability to work in a multidisciplinary team. Special considerations are given to applicants with training in imaging, in vivo physiology, computational approaches, and programming skills (esp. LabView and MATLAB).

Applicants, please apply electronically to m.rothermel(at) Please include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names of two references with regular and e-mail addresses and phone number.

Why Aachen? Aachen is both: a great place to life AND to do science. The outstanding scientific reputation of the RWTH is maybe best documented in its success in Germany's Excellence Initiative. With its location at the border region between Belgium and the Netherlands, Aachen is not only ideally situated to promote scientific collaborations but also offers diverse neighborhoods, great schools, arts, entertainment and recreation possibilities and therefore is a great choice to call home.

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