PhD student position in a project on the experimental investigation of deep brain stimulation (DBS)

Open PhD position on electric interactions between implants and bio-systems. The Graduate School (Graduiertenkolleg) “Analysis and simulation of electric intera ctions between implants and biosystems (Welisa)” is an interdisciplinary consortium of the Faculties of Medicine, Natural Sciences as well as Computer. Science and Electrical Engineering (homepage: http://www.welisa.uni-rostock.de).

The school is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). We seek to fill an open PhD student position in a project on the experimental investigation of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in an animal model of Parkinson’s disease. The processes in the vicinity of DBS electrodes should be investigated by electrochemical, cellular, molecular and numerical field calculation methods. Tissue alterations should be analysed by immunohistochemical, ultrastructural and behavioural studies on animals in order to correlate the observed effects with stimulation parameters (signal amplitude, shape and duration). The investigations
aim at the optimisation of stimulation parameters and the assessment of new electrode surfaces and target regions of stimulation.

A longside with their PhD research, scholars will attend relevant courses and carry
out joint research in the framework of interdisciplinary seminars. We are seeking
for highly motivated candidates interested in interdisciplinary work. The preferred
candidate should have a biophysical background and hold a master/diploma
degree in natural sciences (biology, physics or chemistry).

The stipend amounts to € 1,340 per month for three years; research and travel
funds will be provided in addition. Especially women are encouraged to apply.
Handicapped applicants with equal qualification will be considered preferentially.

Applications containing a letter of intent, CV, description of scientific experience
and the names of two referees should be submitted by mail or e-mail (as single
PDF attachment, subject: Welisa application) to

Prof. Dr. Reiner Benecke,
Department of Neurology, University of Rostock,
Gehlsheimer Str. 20, 18147 Rostock,

E-Mail: reiner.benecke@med.uni-rostock.de.
Application deadline: 31.07.2009.
Interviews will be held in August 2009.