Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuron Network Modelling

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Job Offer from September 14, 2021

The Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics, Halle, Germany, Department of Nanophotonics, Integration, and Neural Technology led by Director Prof. Joyce Poon, is recruiting a

Postdoctoral Fellow in
Neuron Network Modelling

for a project to build circuits out of biological neurons for computation. The research mission of the department is to invent devices and microsystems for future computing. English is the working language at the Institute.

Your Tasks

  • Collaborate with the team to create neuron networks that perform computations
  • Build and simulate models of neuronal circuits that perform computation tasks
  • Compare neuronal circuit computations against artificial neural networks and other machine learning models
  • Propose and define neuronal circuits that experimentalists can implement, and compare the simulations with experiments
  • Train and work closely with other postdoctoral fellows, students, and staff
  • Present research results in international scientific journals and conferences

Your Profile

  • You have earned or will soon earn a Ph.D. Degree in neuroinformatics, neuroscience, bioengineering, applied physics, or a related discipline
  • You are motivated by grand challenges
  • You have experience in neuronal network modelling, using tools such as NEST
  • Experience in modelling the effects of optogenetics is helpful
  • You have a demonstrated track-record of scientific productivity
  • You excel at solving problems with creativity and resourcefulness
  • You are a fast learner and excited to learn about other disciplines
  • You are an effective team player who excels in a fast-paced, highly dynamic, interdisciplinary and international environment
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills in English

We Offer

  • The opportunity to work at the forefront of scientific research with an incredible team of highly motivated and smart people
  • The opportunity to interact with a wide network of international collaborators
  • Remuneration and social according to TVöD (German Civil Servant pay scale)
  • Fixed-term contract initially for 2 years, with the potential of extension
  • Start date: As soon as possible

Your Application

  • Please upload your CV, a research statement (2 pages max.), and the names of two references as a single pdf file to Please name your file with your name as lastname_firstname.pdf. Your file has been successfully uploaded if you see your filename under “Uploaded files” after your submission.
  • Review of applications will begin on October 6, 2021
  • If you encounter problems with the file upload, please email
  • For more information about our department, please visit

The Max Planck Society aims to employ more persons with disabilities. Applications from persons with disabilities are encouraged. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore encourages women to apply.

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