PhD Positions


Institution: Hertie Institute, Center for Integrative Neuroscience, University of Tuebingen

Country:  Germany

Description : The Section for Computational Sensomotorics at the Center for Integrative Neurosciences (CIN) and the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research (HIH) at the University of Tuebingen invites applications for a PhD student for a project that aims at the development of novel technology for the study of action and social perception exploiting VR technology. VR and computer animation combined with state-of-the-art machine learning approaches (including deep learning) offer novel possibilities for the investigation and understanding of the neural basis of the perception of actions and social signals. The project aims at the development of novel learning-based technologies combining state-of-the-art learning technology and computer graphics for the study of social perception exploiting facial and body movements in humans and animals, including
clinical applications. The project is funded for duration of 3 years.

What we offer:

  • being part of an inspiring multidisciplinary and international research team
  • possibility to obtain a PhD in Neuroscience at the InternationalGraduate Training Center (GTC) for Neuro-science in Tuebingen or of a PhD in Computer Science at Tuebingen University
  • specialized courses, summer schools, seminars by renowned experts at the GTC stimulating interdisciplinary scientific environment (HIH among top 3 European institutions for clinical brain research; Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience; 3 Max Planck Institutes: Biological Cybernetics, Intelligent Systems, and Developmental Biology).
  • active participation at international conferences
  • collaborations with leading international partners in neuro- andcomputer science (including M.I.T, KU Leuven, Imperial College, CALTECH, etc.)

What we are looking for a person with:

  • a Master degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, mathematics, or Computational Neuroscience or a related discipline
  • strong motivation and enthusiasm for research,
  • strong mathematical background
  • programming skills (at least in C++ , MATLAB or Python), ideally some knowledge in Computer Graphics, Computer Vision or VR
  • willingness to learn relevant techniques and software tools for computer animation, computer vision and deep learning
  • interest in action and social perception, related technical and neuroscience applications
  • English speaking and writing skills.
  • Committed to Equal Opportunities.

Interested candidates should send their application, including a CV, all marks from studies, 2 letters of reference, and a short research statement of about one half page (explaining how your skills might support a project on learning of hierarchies in motor control) to:

Prof. Dr. Martin Giese
Section for Theoretical Sensomotorics, Dept. for Cognitive Neurology
Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research &  Center for Integrative Neuroscience
University of Tuebingen, Otfried-M?ller Str. 25, D-72076 Tuebingen

Tel.: +49 7071 2989124