German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)Magdeburg
The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a unique non-university research center which is dedicated to the subject dementia
and all its areas, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases. The center compasses the full spectrum of fundamental research through population
sciences to health care research. The DZNE stands for excellence in research and science management, translation of scientific results into practice,
interdisciplinarity and internationalization. It is a research center within the Helmholtz Organization of German research centers. With over 1,000
employees from 55 nations, spread over 10 sites, the DZNE is one of the national and international leading research centers in its research field.
The DZNE in Magdeburg is looking for a
PhD Student (f/m/d) Grid Cell Coding in Old Age
This position will be based in the Aging & Cognition Research group (www.wolberslab.net), which seeks (i) to understand fundamental mechanisms of
cognitive aging under naturalistic conditions, (ii) to establish novel clinical assessment tools, and (iii) to develop interventions that help
maintain people's independence. In this project, we will investigate how human ageing affects computations in the entorhinal grid cell system,
using a unique combination of advanced virtual reality and cutting-edge neuroscience tools.
Who we are and what we do: Research focus:
Cognitive Neuroscience research on spatial navigation, aging and dementia
International and interdisciplinary research team, including cognitive scientists, psychologists, biologists and physicists
Research dedicated 3T and 7T MRI scanners, Cutting-edge virtual reality facilities
Mobile EEG, MEG, TMS and eye tracking systems
Active local network of neuroscience PhD students and Postdocs
With a combination of interactive VR technology and ultra-high field (7T) neuroimaging, you will characterize how human aging affects spatial coding in the grid cell circuit.
Conduct neuroimaging experiments and use computational models to test novel predictions for grid cell coding in humans
If desired, be involved in teaching activities
Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroimaging Methods or Applied Statistics
Broad statistical knowledge and programming experience (i.e. Python, R, MATLAB) will be a plus.
Strong interest in cognitive aging and computational modelling
Fluent in English
Reliability, flexibility, passion
An interesting and challenging task in a research center that works on the future topics of health research
An international environment characterized by a strong focus on science and research
A high potential for the individual development of our employees
Targeted personnel development
Starting date: October 2019 or later
Employment, payment and social benefits are consistent with those at other research institutes
You will obtain special skills and knowledge for your scientific qualification during your activities at DZNE. The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer.
It is committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply.
For further information about this unique opportunity, please contact Thomas Wolbers and visit our