PhD Student (gn)

Institute for Biomagnetism and Biosgnalanalysis

The medical faculty in collaboration with the mathematics department of the University of Münster, Germany, offers positions, initially limited to 3 years, for two

PhD Students (gn*)
Ref.: 05291

Part-Time (50%)
(German salary grade: E 13 TV-L, conditional to previous experience and qualifications)

(*gn=gender neutral)

to work within the German Research Foundation (DFG) funded project “Multi-channel transcranial direct current stimulation (mc-tDCS): a novel approach to modulate smooth pursuit eye movement control in healthy individuals and patients with psychotic disorders” (funding period from 2021 to 2024), see

Neuroscientist(s) with focus on new methodological approaches in EEG and MEG neuroimaging and the simulation of multi-channel transcranial direct current stimulation (mc-tDCS)

The applicants will contribute to the development, evaluation and application of new EEG and MEG neuroimaging and mc-tDCS simulation approaches based on realistic head volume conductor models using modern finite element methods as well as sensitivity analysis. The new methods will be applied in close collaboration with our clinical colleagues for investigating the interaction of sensory processing and motor control during ongoing smooth pursuit eye movements in a group of healthy and a group of schizophrenia patients.

The successful applicant holds a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant academic area such as applied mathematics, computer science, physics, biomedical or electrical engineering or similar disciplines. Good programming expertise (Matlab, C++, Python or equivalent) and experience with the Linux operating system is expected, because large software toolboxes are used and further developed. The working language at the institute is English. Experience with targeted and optimized brain stimulation and with the measurement and analysis of brain signals is advantageous, but not essential. The applicant’s merits are assessed based on the quality of Master’s level studies and thesis, previous experience with neuroimaging, numerical mathematics, optimization, inverse problems, software development, motivation and research interests.

The location for this research will be the workgroups of Prof. Dr. Carsten Wolters and Prof. Dr. Joachim Groß at the Institute for Biomagnetism and Biosignalanalysis (IBB) (, and of Prof. Dr. Christian Engwer, Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics, all at the University of Münster in Germany. Expected close collaborations and visits are to the partnering clinics, namely the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Lübeck (director: Prof. Dr. Stefan Borgwardt) and at the Department of Mental Health at the University of Münster (director: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Baune).

The application should include a statement of research interests and reasons for applying to the project, a curriculum vitae (max. 5 pages) composed according to good scientific practice, a certificate of PhD and/or Master’s degree, copy of the master’s thesis and grades of Master’s level studies, the names and e-mail addresses of two referees and a proof of proficiency in English.

Please send your application including a short summary of your research background (max. 1 page), CV and publication list with reference number via email in one pdf-file until 04.11.2020 to bewerbung(at)­ukmuenster(dot)­de.

Applications of women are specifically invited. In the case of similar qualifications, competence, and specific achievements, women will be considered on preferential terms within the framework of the legal possibilities. Handicapped candidates with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

The University Hospital of Münster is one of the leading hospitals in Germany. Such a position cannot be achieved by size and medical successes alone. The individual commitment counts above all. We need your commitment so that even with little things we can achieve great things for our patients. There are many possibilities open for you so that you may develop with them.



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