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Max Planck Insti­tute of Micro­struc­ture Phys­ics - Depart­ment of Nan­o­photon­ics, Integ­ra­tion, and Neural Tech­no­logy

The research mis­sion of the Max Planck Insti­tute of Micro­struc­ture Phys­ics, Halle, Ger­many, Depart­ment of Nan­o­photon­ics, Integ­ra­tion, and Neural Tech­no­logy is to invent devices and microsys­tems for future com­put­ing. We have pro­jects in integ­rated photon­ics, AI accel­er­at­ors, implant­able brain probes, mini­ature micro­scopes, and 3D cell cul­tures. Our research crosses many bound­ar­ies. Our team mem­bers have an open mind and a strong tech­nical found­a­tion that enable them to respond to new chal­lenges.

Our depart­ment has a mix of Ph.D. stu­dents, postdocs, sci­ent­ists, and staff from around the world. The work­ing lan­guage in the Insti­tute is Eng­lish.

The Max Planck Soci­ety aims to employ more per­sons with dis­ab­il­it­ies and increase the num­ber of women in those areas where they are under­rep­res­en­ted; thus, applic­a­tions from per­sons with dis­ab­il­it­ies and women are encour­aged.

Postdoc­toral Fel­low in Brain Tis­sue Engin­eer­ing

English

Work­ing field:

For a pro­ject to build cir­cuits out of bio­lo­gical neur­ons for com­pu­ta­tion.

Your Tasks
  • Col­lab­or­ate with the team to com­plete a pro­ject to design and build neur­onal cir­cuits that per­form com­pu­ta­tions
  • Use opto­gen­et­ics to con­trol neur­onal cir­cuits
  • Design and make neur­onal cir­cuits and tis­sues using 3D print­ing and micro­fluidic tech­no­logy
  • Sim­u­late the neur­onal cir­cuits and com­pare the exper­i­ments with sim­u­la­tions
  • When applic­able, com­pare neur­onal cir­cuits with arti­fi­cial neural net­work mod­els
  • Train and work closely with other postdoc­toral fel­lows, stu­dents, and staff
  • Present research res­ults in inter­na­tional sci­entific journ­als and con­fer­ences

Require­ments:

Your Pro­file
  • You have earned or will soon earn a Ph.D. Degree in bioen­gin­eer­ing, neuro­bi­o­logy, applied phys­ics, or a related dis­cip­line
  • You are motiv­ated by grand chal­lenges
  • You have exper­i­ence in cul­tur­ing neur­ons, trans­fec­tion, and opto­gen­et­ics
  • You have exper­i­ence in eval­u­at­ing neur­ons and neural tis­sue responses using a vari­ety of tech­niques
  • Exper­i­ence with optical ima­ging tech­niques (e.g., 2-photon micro­scopy) is an asset
  • You have a demon­strated track-record of sci­entific pro­ductiv­ity
  • You excel at solv­ing prob­lems with cre­ativ­ity and resource­ful­ness
  • You are a fast learner and excited to learn about other dis­cip­lines
  • You are an effect­ive team player who excels in a fast-paced, highly dynamic, inter­dis­cip­lin­ary and inter­na­tional envir­on­ment
  • You have excel­lent writ­ten and oral com­mu­nic­a­tion skills in Eng­lish

What we of­fer:

  • The oppor­tun­ity to work at the fore­front of sci­entific research with an incred­ible team of highly motiv­ated and smart people
  • The oppor­tun­ity to inter­act with a wide net­work of inter­na­tional col­lab­or­at­ors
  • Remu­ner­a­tion and social bene­fits accord­ing to TVöD (Ger­man Civil Ser­vant pay scale)
  • Fixed-term con­tract ini­tially for 2 years, with the poten­tial of exten­sion
  • Start date: As soon as pos­sible

How to ap­ply:

  • Please upload your CV, a research state­ment (2 pages max.), and the names of two ref­er­ences as a single pdf file to https://tinyurl.com/mpihalle-brain. Please name your file with your name as last­name_first­name.pdf. Your file has been suc­cess­fully uploaded if you see your file­name under “Uploaded files” after your sub­mis­sion.
  • Review of applic­a­tions will begin on Octo­ber 6, 2021
  • If you encounter prob­lems with the file upload, please email office.poon@mpi-halle.mpg.de
  • For more inform­a­tion about our depart­ment, please visit https://www.mpi-halle.mpg.de/NINT