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The Max Planck Society is Germany's most successful research organization. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 17 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists, putting it on a par with the best and most prestigious research institutions worldwide. The more than 13,000 publications each year in internationally renowned scientific journals are proof of the outstanding research work conducted at Max Planck Institutes – and many of those articles are among the most-cited publications in the relevant field.

Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt am Main: Neurosciences
Type for the Offer: Young Researchers
Ph.D. Students

Time frame
We offer ten Ph.D. positions for three years, starting as soon as possible.

Field of work
The newly formed International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Neural Circuits is located at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt. The IMPRS faculty are Frankfurt Neuroscientists from the Max Planck Institutes for Brain Research and for Biophysics, the Goethe University and the university clinic, the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies and the newly established Ernst Strüngmann Institute.

Project description
The focus of the IMPRS for Neural Circuits will be the understanding of neural circuits (from the simple to the large and complex), at all scales required to achieve this understanding. This ambitious objective will require analysis at the molecular, cellular, multi-cellular, network and behavioral levels, with the full understanding that macroscopic phenomena (spatial patterns, dynamics) can be scale-dependent, and that reductionism is not always sufficient as a method.

Job description
The International Max Planck Research School for Neural Circuits offers an educational program with a large variety of different courses:
    * Introductory course to meet the researchers of Frankfurt neuroscience and get to know each other
    * Modern topics in neuroscience in which you will learn about the key concepts and topics of studies
    * Modern techniques in neuroscience which cover the a range of modern neuroscience, biological and analytical techniques used to address questions in neuroscience
    * Transferable skills like how to write scientific papers, present in English and write a research grant
    * Language courses (English and German)

Also offered are:
    * Rotations to select the most suitable research group to do your PhD
    * Exchange programmes to excellent research groups abroad
    * Lecture series including a meet and greet with the lecturer
    * PhD retreat
    * Scientific conferences to attend

The programme is taught in English and is open for highly motivated and excellent students from all countries in the world holding a relevant Master´s or a Bachelor’s degree.

The conditions of employment and for fellowships follow the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences and those of the German civil service.

The deadline for applications (including a letter of recommendation) is March 15, 2011. Note that only online applications will be accepted. Further information you can find on: www.mpih-frankfurt.mpg.de/global/menue/IMPRS/index.htm

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from disabled persons.  We strongly encourage female scientists to apply for the program.

IMPRS for Neural Circuits
Dr. Arjan Vink
Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research
Deutschordenstraße 46
60528 Frankfurt am Main
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