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Open PhD Student Position on: Numerical simulation of therapeutic effects of deep brain stimulation in an animal model

Workscope: Research Associate

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The DFG Research-Training Group GRK 1505/2 „Analysis and simulation of electric interactions between implants and biosystems (welisa)“ is an interdisciplinary consortium of the University of Rostock's Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering together with the same University's Faculty of Natural Science and the University Medicine in Rostock. http://www.welisa.uni-rostock.de. The school is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG).

We seek to fill an Open PhD Student Position on:

„Numerical simulation of therapeutic effects of deep brain stimulation in an animal model“

(50% EG 13 TV-L for two years, with a possible prolongation for a third year; targeted start date: 01.10.2014)

The project aims to provide a better understanding of the mechanisms of deep brain stimulation in a computational model of a rodent's brain. One key issue of the project will be the generation of a realistic model of the brain for the computation of the neural activation during deep brain stimulation. Straightforward approaches in these investigations will be the application of finite element method for the computation of the field distribution under consideration of effects at the electrode-tissue-interface, as well as the use of suitable numerical tools for the computation of the neural activation.

Expected appointment requirements:
  • The preferred candidate should have a Master (Diploma, State Exam or comparable degree) in Electrical Engineering, Computational Engineering, Physics or Mathematics
  • Program skills in MATLAB, PYTHON or C/C++
  • Knowledge about numerical methods for partial differential equations describing electromagnetic fields, especially finite element method (FEM)
  • Experience with FEM-software preferred                 
  • Interest in interdisciplinary work in the areas electrical engineering, biology and medicine
  • A good command of the English language in oral and written form

We offer:
  • A diversified and challenging occupation at a university that is rich in tradition yet innovative, modern and at the same time family friendly. It is situated in a lively city on the Baltic coast.
  • Public sector employment (TV-L)
  • Pay grade 50% 13 TV-L/13

Contact detail

How to apply:
The employment is terminated according to §2 (1) WissZeitVG. Equal opportunity is an essential element of our personnel policy. Applications from disabled or minority applicants are welcome.
The University of Rostock is trying to raise the percentage of women in science and lecturing, and specifically asks qualified female scientists to apply. Applications from foreign scientists and scientists of a non-German heritage are welcome.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please refer to the job advertisement number D-121/2014.
Application deadline: August 25, 2014
If you apply by post, please send only copies of your certificates. Please enclose a self-addressed, pre-paid envelope if you would like us to return your application documents.

Please apply by e-mail to: dezernat.personal@uni-rostock.de  (pdf-format only).

Please note that the application and travel costs are not reimbursed by the Land of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Postal address:
Universität Rostock
Dezernat Personal- und Personalentwicklung
D 18051 Rostock
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For any further information, please contact:

GRK 1505/2 welisa:          
Prof. Dr. Ursula van Rienen, Tel. +49 381 498 7080, ursula.van-rienen@uni-rostock.de

Julia Richter, Tel. +49 381 498 1291

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Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
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jobexperience is required
Germany (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
Working place
18051 Rostock
Area of expertise
Electrical Engineering, Material Science & Engineering, Medical Engineering, Biology & Life Sciences, Mathematics, Human medicine