PhD position in Neuromorphic Engineering, Magdeburg and Dresden (Germany)

University of Magdeburg, Cognitive Biology Group
Madgdeburg, Germany
Expires: October 1, 2011
Posted: September 14, 2011
Neuromorphic engineering
Prof. Jochen Braun, PhD
52.1310756 11.6365834
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PhD position in Neuromorphic Engineering, Magdeburg and Dresden (Germany)

A PhD position in microelectronic engineering is available in the context of EU Project “Coronet”, which builds theoretical and technological foundations for future biohybrid and brain-machine interface devices.   The intended research topic is biomimetic "in silico" networks of spiking neurons and plastic synapses that exhibit complex spontaneous dynamics at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Both microscopic components (such as neurons and synapses) and mesoscopic components (dynamic models of recurrent network modules) are to be realized in CMOS technology.  The planned neuromorphic work is part of a larger neuroscience research program involving both mature neuron cultures and multi-electrode recordings from behaving animals.


The ideal applicant will have a Master degree (or equivalent) in Microelectronic Engineering or a closely related field, a strong interest in neuromorphic VLSI technology, and prior experience in VLSI design and mixed-signal CMOS circuits.

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The earliest possible starting date is 1 October 2011. Salary is dependent on experience and conforms to German public service regulations [13 TV-L starting at € 3064 per month]. The position is initially for two years, with the possibility of being extended. The research program will be based in Magdeburg, but will require regular travel to project partners in Dresden, Rome, and Zurich.


Jochen Braun