Frankfurt University, Germany invites applications for a fully funded PhD position in the Lab of Claudius Gros at the Institute for Theoretical Physics.

They are developing new models and generative principles for the brain using a range of toolsets from dynamical systems theory and computational neurosciences. Examples are new objective functions and generating functionals for the sensori-motor loop, transient state dynamics and self-limiting Hebbian plasticity rules. Several subjects are available for the announced PhD thesis including the generation of attractor metadynamics through short-term synaptic plasticity and/or the generation of motor primitives through self-organized embodiment within the sensori-motor loop. The work will include analytical investigations and numerical simulations of neural networks and/or of simulated robots, using the toolset of dynamical systems theory.


Fields: computational neurosciences, complex systems theory neural networks, simulated robotics, dynamical systems.


  • The candidate should have a Diploma/Master in physics with an excellent academic track record and good computational skills.
  • Experience or strong interest in the fields of complex systems, computational neurosciences, dynamical systems theory and/or artificial or biological cognitive systems is expected.
  • The degree of scientific research experience is expected to be on the level of a German Diploma/Master.

The appointment will start early 2017, for up to three years. Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a list of publications, and arrange for letters of reference to be sent to [email protected]

Deadline: application closes January 13, 2017

For more details, contact, Claudius Gros.


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