Erwin L. Hahn Institute

PhD student position in high-resolution functional MRI

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Posted On:
Closing On:
Freitag, 30th Juni 2017
Donnerstag, 3rd August 2017
Location: Essen
Kokereiallee 7, 45141 Essen, World Cultural Heritage Zollverein

Job Description:

The Erwin L. Hahn institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Essen, Germany is inviting applications for a

PhD student position in high-resolution functional MRI (E13 TV-L/75%)

The succesful candidate will work on the acquisition and analysis of high-resolution fMRI data of cortical layers in the human brain, and study how different layers are involved in the flow of information through the brain. You will perform experiments focused on measuring layer specific responses in healthy volunteers, and develop biophysical analysis models to maximally exploit such fMRI data using dynamic causal modelling.

The ELH institute is located at the UNESCO world cultural heritage site Zollverein ( The institute is part of an international collaboration between the universities of Duisburg-Essen and Nijmegen (NL), and their university clinics. It is equipped with an ultra-high field 7 Tesla whole-body scanner and is one of the world's leading labs for ultra-high field MR engineering. The ELH's partnership with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen will be used to optimally benefit from their neuroimaging expertise. Furthermore, collaborations are in place with the ETH in Zurich (biophysical modelling) and with the pain neuroimaging groups in Essen and Oxford (UK), which, once the methodology is in place will be the focus of the later studies in the project.

Your profile:
• Master's degree in: mathematics, physics, (biomedical) engineering, or similar fields
• Experienced programmer (preferably Matlab/Python/C++)
• Good English proficiency (written and spoken)
• Good interpersonal and communication skills
• Strong interest in neuroscience
• Proactive and collaborative attitude
• (additional) experience with MRI data acquisition and analysis
• (additional) German language proficiency

Candidates who only partially meet this profile are nonetheless strongly encouraged to apply.

The position is available immediately and the starting date is as soon as possible. The duration is 4 years and is part of an Emmy Nöther fellowship (PI: Peter Koopmans) funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The salary is in the E13 TV-L 75% scale, the exact salary being determined based on experience and subject to the regulations of the University Clinic Essen.

To apply, please compile the following in order in a single pdf file:
• Motivation letter
• CV
• (optional) up to two reference letters plus contact information
to be sent before the 3rd of August to:

Dr. Peter Koopmans
Kokereiallee 7
45141 Essen


p.j.koopmans [.at.] (to which informal enquiries can be addressed)

Interviews are expected to take place in the second week of August.

The University Hospital Essen is an equal opportunity employer. Female scientists are particularly encouraged to apply. Disabled applicants will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualification.

Recruitment agencies are asked not to respond to this job posting.

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