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PhD Student (f/m/d) Grid Cell Coding in Old Age

  • Full or part time
    Prof T Wolbers
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

This position will be based in the Aging & Cognition Research group (, which seeks (i) to understand fundamental mechanisms of cognitive aging under naturalistic conditions, (ii) to establish novel clinical assessment tools, and (iii) to develop interventions that help maintain people’s independence. In this project, we will investigate how human ageing affects computations in the entorhinal grid cell system, using a unique combination of advanced virtual reality and cutting-edge neuroscience tools.

Who we are and what we do:

Research focus:

• Cognitive Neuroscience research on spatial navigation, aging and dementia


• International and interdisciplinary research team, including cognitive scientists, psychologists, biologists and physicists


• Research dedicated 3T and 7T MRI scanners
• Cutting-edge virtual reality facilities
• Mobile EEG, MEG, TMS and eye tracking systems
• Active local network of neuroscience PhD students and Postdocs

Your tasks

• With a combination of interactive VR technology and ultra-high field (7T) neuroimaging, you will characterize how human aging affects spatial coding in the grid cell circuit.
• Conduct neuroimaging experiments and use computational models to test novel predictions for grid cell coding in humans
• If desired, be involved in teaching activities

Your profile

• Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroimaging Methods or Applied Statistics
• Broad statistical knowledge and programming experience (i.e. Python, R, MATLAB) will be a plus.
• Strong interest in cognitive aging and computational modelling
• Fluent in English
• Reliability, flexibility, passion

We offer

• An interesting and challenging task in a research center that works on the future topics of health research
• An international environment characterized by a strong focus on science and research
• A high potential for the individual development of our employees
• Targeted personnel development
• Starting date: October 2019 or later
• Employment, payment and social benefits are consistent with those at other research institutes

You will obtain special skills and knowledge for your scientific qualification during your activities at DZNE. The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. It is committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply.

For further information about this unique opportunity, please contact Thomas Wolbers and visit our website:

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