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Doctoral and Master's Program "Computational Neuroscience" in Berlin, Germany
Application deadline March 15th, 2014
Begin of courses: October 2014
The Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin and the TU Berlin invite applications for 7 fellowships of the Research Training Group "Sensory Computation in Neural Systems" (GRK 1589/1).
The scientific program of the research training group combines techniques and concepts from machine learning, computational neuroscience, and systems neurobiology in order to specifically address sensory computation. Doctoral candidates will work on interdisciplinary projects investigating the mechanisms of neural computation, address the processes underlying perception on different scales and different levels of abstraction, and develop new theories of computation hand in hand with well-controlled experiments in order to put functional hypotheses to test.
The training group offers structured supervision complemented by a teaching and training program. Each student will be supervised by two investigators with complementary expertise and will be associated with the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin (http://www.bccn-berlin.de/) a leading research center dedicated to the theoretical study of neural processing.
Candidates are expected to hold a Masters degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g., neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, physics, mathematics, etc.) and have the required advanced mathematical background.
Candidates selected in the first application step will be invited for lab visits and an interview, expected to take place in June 2014. The fellowships of 1468 €/month - with additional children allowances if applicable - will be granted for up to three years (subject to the authorisation of funds by the German Research Foundation).
The tuition-free Master's program offers 15 places per year, has a duration of 2 years and is fully taught in English.
The curriculum is subdivided into ten modules, whose content includes theoretical neuroscience, programming, machine learning, cognitive neuroscience, acquisition, modelling, and computational analysis of neural data, with a strong focus on a complementary theoretical and experimental training. Three lab rotations and a Master's thesis are accomplished in the second year. The aim of the program is to grant the students an interdisciplinary education and an early contact to the neurocomputational research environment.
Requirements: BSc or equivalent degree in a relevant subject (typically in the natural sciences, in an engineering discipline, in cognitive science, or in mathematics), certificate of English proficiency, proof of sufficient mathematical knowledge (i.e. at least 24 ECTS credit points).
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With best regards,
Dr. Vanessa Casagrande
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience
Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin
Philippstr. 13 Haus 6
10115 Berlin, Germany
Phone +49 (0)30 2093 6773
Fax +49 (0)30 2093 6771
Sensory Computation in Neural Systems
Technische Universität Berlin
Sekretariat FR 2-1
10587 Berlin, Germany
Phone +49 (0)30 314 72006
Fax +49 (0)30 314 73121
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