The Department “Synapses – Circuits – Plasticity” at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Munich-Martinsried is currently looking for a
The department “Synapses-Circuits-Plasticity” at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Munich-Martinsried (Director Tobias Bonhoeffer) and the “Center for Lifespan Psychology” at the MPI for Human Development in Berlin (Director Ulman Lindenberger) are embarking on a project investigating structural changes that occur in the brain during learning. More precisely, the question is whether the synaptic modifications that can be observed with 2-photon microscopy in the mouse brain relate to changes that can be made visible with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in humans. To that end, we are developing tasks that are as similar as possible for the animal model and the human. We are then attempting to visualize changes with 2-photon microscopy in mice (group of Tobias Bonhoeffer in Munich), take the same animals into a MRI machine to visualize grey and white matter changes (Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, PI Michael Czisch) and finally compare that to changes observable with very similar paradigms in humans (group of Simone Kühn and Ulman Lindenberger in Berlin).
Please submit your application (cover letter, CV, publication list, short description of your research background and names of 2-3 referees whom we could contact for further information) to Tobias Bonhoeffer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ulman Lindenberger (email@example.com).
We are seeking for…
…a postdoc with extensive imaging experience (ideally with 2-photon microscopy in vivo) who would perform imaging experiments on mice before, during, and after learning a motor task. MRI expertise is less important as MRI would be performed at other institutions, but it is expected that the successful candidate also would have a keen interest in MR technologies and would collaborate closely with the respective counterparts in the other institutes. In addition to this specific project the successful candidate will also be involved in the on-going work in the group of Tobias Bonhoeffer.