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Open PhD position
Computational Neurosciences / Complex Dynamical Systems

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD position in the Lab of Claudius Gros at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Frankfurt University, Germany.

We are developing new models and generative principles for the brain using a range of toolsets from dynamical systems theory and computational neurosciences. Examples are new objective functions and generating functionals for the sensori-motor loop, transient state dynamics and self- limiting Hebbian plasticity rules. Several subjects are available for the announced PhD thesis including the generation of attractor metadynamics through short-term synaptic plasticity and/or the generation of motor primitives through self-organized embodiment within the sensori-motor loop. The work will include analytical investigations and numerical simulations of neural networks and/or of simulated robots, using the toolset of dynamical systems theory.

Fields: computational neurosciences, complex systems theory neural networks, simulated robotics, dynamical systems.

The candidate should have a Diploma/Master in physics with an excellent academic track record and good computational skills. Experience or strong interest in the fields of complex systems, computational neurosciences, dynamical systems theory and/or artificial or biological cognitive systems is expected. The degree of scientific research experience is expected to be on the level of a German Diploma/Master.

The appointment will start summer 2016, for up to three years. Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a list of publications, and arrange for letters of reference to be sent to the address below.

Application deadline: April 22, 2016

For further informations please contact us, Claudius Gros.

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