Two neuroscientist PhD positions available at IBB in Münster/Germany

The Medical Faculty in collaboration with the Mathematics Department of the University of Münster, Germany, offers two positions for a

PhD Student (gn*)
Ref.: 05970

Part-Time (50%)
(German salary grade: E 13 TV-L, conditional to previous experience and qualifications)

*gn=gender neutral

initially limited to 3 years, but extendable to a fourth year, to work within the ERA Permed funded project

”Personalised diagnosis and treatment for refractory focal paediatric and adult epilepsy” (funding period from 07/2021 to 06/2024),


and page 13 in the ERA Permed newsletter

The applicants will contribute to the development, evaluation and application of new EEG and MEG neuroimaging and mc-tDCS simulation approaches based on realistic head volume conductor models using modern hierarchical Bayesian inversion and finite element forward methods as well as sensitivity analysis. The new methods will be applied in close collaboration with our clinical colleagues for improving presurgical epilepsy diagnosis and therapy.

The two successful applicants hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant academic area such as applied mathematics, computer science, physics, biomedical or electrical engineering or similar disciplines . Good programming expertise (Matlab, C++, Python or equivalent) and experience with the Linux operating system is expected, because large software toolboxes are used and further developed. The working language at the institute is English. Experience with targeted and optimized brain stimulation and with the measurement and analysis of brain signals is advantageous, but not essential. The applicant’s merits are assessed on the basis of the quality of Master’s level studies and thesis, previous experience with neuroimaging, numerical mathematics, optimization, inverse problems, software development, motivation and research interests as well as communication skills.

The location for this research will be the workgroup of Prof. Dr. Carsten Wolters at the Institute for Biomagnetism and Biosignalanalysis (IBB) ( The work will be in close cooperation with Prof. Dr. Christian Engwer, Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics, and the epilepsy center Münster-Osnabrück (Dr. Gabriel Möddel, PD Dr. Christoph Kellinghaus, PD Dr. Stjepana Kovac, PD Dr. Maryam Khaleghi Ghadiri), all at the University of Münster in Germany. Expected close collaborations and visits are to the PerEpi partnering labs and further PerEpi regional collaborators.

The application should include a statement of research interests and reasons for applying to the project, a curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages) composed according to good scientific practice, a certificate of the Master’s degree, copy of the master’s thesis and grades of Master’s level studies, the names and e-mail addresses of two referees and a proof of proficiency in English.

Please send your application including a short summary of your research background (max. 1 page), CV and publication list with reference number via email in one pdf-file until 02.06.2021 to bewerbung(at)­ukmuenster(dot)­de.

Applications of women are specifically invited. In the case of similar qualifications, competence, and specific achievements, women will be considered on preferential terms within the framework of the legal possibilities. Handicapped candidates with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

The University Hospital of Münster is one of the leading hospitals in Germany. Such a position cannot be achieved by size and medical successes alone. The individual commitment counts above all. We need your commitment so that even with little things we can achieve great things for our patients. There are many possibilities open for you so that you may develop with them.