For a DFG-funded PhD student position (CRC 889 – Cellular mechanisms of sensory processing), we are looking for a talented and highly motivated person, preferentially with a master degree in neuroscience or biology, who is interested to apply physiological but also morphological methods at the current state-of-the-art, to further our understanding of cortical GABAergic neurons’ sensory processing. Toward this goal, in vivo 2P-targeted patch clamp recordings will be used to characterize receptive field properties of parvalbumin-, somatostatin- and VIP-expressing interneurons in the barrel cortex of the awake mouse. These recordings will generate hypotheses which inputs need to be optogenetically manipulated, in order to test their causal involvement in sensory detection tasks. We offer the support by an enthusiastic group of scientists and up-to-date equipment. Training for all methods will be available, but a candidate with experience in cranial surgery and patch clamp electrophysiology will be preferred.
Master degree (or equivalent) in Neuroscience, Biology, Physics (or similar)
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University Medical Center Goettingen belongs to one of the leading research universities in Germany, the Georg-August-University. Neuroscience is the major topic of research, especially molecular, sensory and systems neuroscience. At the Institute for Neuroanatomy we perform cortical circuit analyses at the highest possible level.