Friday, November 22, 2013

[Comp-neuro] Postdoc / PhD position in Germany: Model of the auditory system

The cluster of excellence Hearing4all (
Models, Technology and Solutions for Diagnostics, Restoration and Support of Hearing
at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany (in collaboration with Medizinische Hochschule Hannover and Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover) is seeking to fill the position of a

Postdoctoral Research Associate / PhD Student

who will contribute to one of the main research goals of the cluster, the development of a

Comprehensive model of the auditory system.

The candidate will be a member of a large and active group of modelers, working towards the understanding of the auditory system with a broad spectrum of biophysical, effective and statistical models. Tasks of the candidate will be to

  • Combine existing effective and physiological models of the auditory system with the goals to compare their performances and to improve their predictive power for electrophysiological and psychophysical data of both animal and human studies
  • Manage and maintain the Hearing4all database containing information about the models and data sets present in the cluster
  • Play an integrative role by interacting closely with modelers (from computational neuroscience, medical physics, signal processing) as well as with experimenters (performing electrophysiological and psychophysics experiments in animals and/or humans) and clinicians

These tasks require a sound analytical background and substantial modeling and programming experience, as well as excellent communication skills (in English, preferably also basic knowledge of German). The position offers the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree (PhD student position, TV-L E13, 50%). If the candidate already holds a PhD in one of the related fields, the position can be upgraded to Postdoctoral researcher (TV-L E13, full time). Candidates are expected to have an academic university degree (MSc or equivalent) in the field of computer science, computational neuroscience, bioengineering, physics or a related discipline and knowledge in the fields of neuroscience or hearing research. Postdoctoral applicants are expected to provide a good publication record. The position is initially available for two years.

The University of Oldenburg strives to increase the percentage of women in science. Therefore, equally qualified female candidates will be given preference.
Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification.

Please send your application including a cover letter, CV, list of potential referees, links to recent publications, and copies of certificates for academic grades to the head office of the cluster of excellence, c/o Karin Klink, Medical Physics Section, University of Oldenburg, D-26122 Oldenburg, Germany; preferably via e-mail with electronic copies of the documents to

Prof. Jutta Kretzberg ( and Prof. Sarah Verhulst ( can be contacted for further questions regarding the position. Interviewing of candidates will start on 10 December 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.

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