[Neuroinfo] PhD student position (3 years) - Potsdam/Germany - Central Taste Processing

Kathrin Ohla Kathrin.Ohla at dife.de
Tue May 5 09:35:40 CEST 2015


The German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke invites
applications for a PhD student position (3 years) to join the
Psychophysiology of Food Perception group (K. Ohla). The group
investigates the psychophysiological foundations of taste perception and
the interaction of taste with other senses relevant to food perception
and hedonic valuation (palatability) of food in humans. The research
project will be embedded in the Competence Cluster of Nutritional
Research Berlin/Potsdam and address how the peripheral taste signal is
used by the central nervous system to encode taste features such as
quality, intensity and valence (hedonic value) in humans with a focus on
the neural network dynamics.

Work environment
The group offers a stimulating and collaborative research environment
and excellent working conditions. The lab hosts a high-density EEG
system and state-of-the art taste stimulation systems suitable for EEG,
behavioral and fMRI studies. Several imaging facilities are available in
the area.
The institute is located in the metropolitan area of Berlin/Potsdam and
allows access to a multitude of seminars, lectures and stimulating
meetings at the surrounding institutes, e.g. Charité,
Humboldt-University, University of Potsdam, Technical University Berlin

• Investigation of the neural network dynamics underlying gustatory
perception and gratification in humans using EEG and possibly also fMRI
• Acquisition and analysis of behavioral, electrophysiological and
neuroimaging data
• Implementation of analysis algorithms ( multivariate pattern analysis,
machine learning and connectivity analyses)
• Presentation and publication of the results
• Interaction with team members and collaborators from various

• university degree (Diploma/Master) in Computational Neuroscience,
Psychology, Biomedical Engineering or a related field
• solid programming skills (preferably in Matlab or Python)
• keen interest in psychology and cognitive/systems neuroscience
• strong analytical and creative problem solving skills
• experience in computational modeling and machine learning (ideally of
neuroscientific data) and/or experience with EEG and/or fMRI will be
• good command of English

The position is available starting July 1st 2015 or later and is
available for 3 years. It will be paid according to the terms of the
civil service collective bargaining act (TV-L 50 % of level E13).
Applications shall be submitted before June 1st but will be accepted
until the position is filled.

To apply, please email a letter stating your motivation, CV,
certificates and contact information for 1-2 references (preferably as a
single PDF file) to 
Kathrin.Ohla at dife.de (for inquires simply email).

For a related publication see: Crouzet, Busch & Ohla (2015). Taste
quality decoding parallels taste tensations. Current Biology, 7:890-896.

Visit our website: www.kathrinohla.net and www.dife.de

Dr. Kathrin Ohla
Leiterin der Nachwuchsgruppe "Psychophysiologie der Nahrungswahrnehmung"
Deutsches Institut für Ernährungsforschung Potsdam-Rehbrücke
Arthur-Scheunert-Allee 114-116
14558 Nuthetal
Tel.: +49(0)33200-88-2543

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