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Master thesis/lab rotation: Comparing different deconvolution approaches. GE-BOLD is the most widely adopted fMRI sequence in the field. However, the main concern in GE-BOLD in ultrahigh resolution fMRI are interdependencies in the signal between different layers of the cortex, because of the blood draining from deep layers towards superficial layers. The superficial layers might thus contain signals from the deep layers as well. In this project, you will use existing ultrahigh resolution GE-BOLD fMRI at 7T and benchmark different deconvolution approaches that aim at removing this bias in GE-BOLD fMRI signal. [Data-analytic project]

Master thesis/lab rotation: Augmenting cortical surface registration with multi-modal data. You will investigate whether a multimodal approach can improve between-subject registration of cortical surfaces in the prefrontal cortex. This project will leverage an existing task dataset acquired using ultrahigh resolution (f)MRI at 7T. Using multimodal surface matching (MSM), you will quantify to what extent additional information about myelin (from MP2RAGE T1map) and resting-state/task-activation fMRI can improve brain registration. [Data-analytic project]

Master thesis/lab rotation: Layer-specific processing of working memory in prefrontal cortex. You will investigate layer-specific processing in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex during working memory. For this you will acquire a new dataset using ultrahigh resolution bSSFP fMRI at 9.4T with a submillimeter voxel resolution. Although it has been demonstrated that this MR sequence possesses high layer-specificity, it has not been widely adopted in the field. You will compare your results obtained with previous data collected in the lab with different MR sequences. [Empirical project]

Postdoctoral fellows

I am happy to discuss potential fellowship applications or postdoctoral projects – please get in touch with details of your research interests and grant/fellowship ideas, your CV, and names and contact details of 3 referees.

PhD positions

My lab is part of the Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience and the IMPRS for Mechanisms of Mental Function and Dysfunction. PhD students recruited into my lab will have the opportunity to join these doctoral programs.

Master’s thesis projects

I commonly advertise open master’s thesis projects (see Open positions above) but also accept spontaneous applications from master's student at the University of Tübingen or external. If you would like to do a master’s thesis project with me (duration: 6-9 months), then send me your complete application containing: a motivation letter (specifying your research interests and possibly your master’s project idea), CV, certificates/transcript of records, names and contact details of 2-3 referees, and desired starting date as a single PDF file.

Lab rotations

If you are a master's student at the University of Tübingen (e.g., Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience) or part of rotation projects within the IMPRS for Mechanisms of Mental Function and Dysfunction and seek to do a lab rotation in my lab, please send me your application containing: a motivation letter (specifying your research interests and possibly your rotation project idea), CV, certificates/transcript of records, and desired starting date as a single PDF file. Note, that I have supervised lab rotations students from the Max Planck School of Cognition before, so please feel free to reach out to me if interested.

HiWis/Student Assistants

I regularly advertise HiWi/Student Assistant positions to support us in our research activities (see Open positions above). If no HiWi position is advertised but you would be keen on joining our lab, I am also happy to consider spontaneous applications. Note that for HiWi/Student Assistant positions you need to be a student currently enrolled at a German university. If you are currently not enrolled or applying from abroad, I am also happy to discuss positions as research assistants from strong candidates.

Diversity Statement

We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and aim to increase the percentage of underrepresented minorities in our field. We therefore explicitly encourage women and candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. Persons with disabilities and comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

You can find more information about the Max Planck Tübingen Campus’ diversity initiatives and policies here.


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