Systems Neuroscience: University of Göttingen

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Doctoral degree
Systems Neuroscience: University of Göttingen, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue, Kellnerweg 4, Göttingen, 37077, Germany
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Course Beginning 
Any time
3 years
App Deadline 
No fixed deadlines for applications to individual faculty members


Scientific aims:

The scientific profile of the programme is characterised by the three research foci of the CSN:

  1. Translational neuroscience focuses on research that enables the transfer of results from basic science to human diseases. Core topics include neurodegenerative diseases, schizophrenia and neuroprotection.
  2. Functional brain imaging techniques have developed into one of the most versatile tools in neuroscience. In Göttingen a cluster of EEG-labs flanks two groups that operate several MRI systems at different field strengths for the use on humans and experimental animals. Collaborative projects focus on research addressing human brain disorders (incl. rodent models) and sensory information processing.
  3. Primates as model organisms:
    • The DPZ provides unique opportunities for systems level neuroscience research. Research foci include basic research into higher-level processes in the visual cortex (e.g. attention, motor planning) and clinical research on neurological and psychiatric human diseases (e.g. depression, stress, Parkinson).

The doctoral programme Systems Neuroscience (CSN) is member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). The graduate school offers a joint modular training programme to which the twelve doctoral programmes of GGNB contribute and that is open to all GGNB students.

In addition to a lecture and seminar programme, training consists of

  1. individual counselling by thesis committees,
  2. intensive methods courses of 1-3 weeks in special training labs,
  3. 2-3-day methods courses in the laboratories of the participating faculty,
  4. professional skills courses such as scientific writing, presentation skills, intercultural communication, project management, team-leadership skills, conflict resolution, ethics, and career development, and
  5. student-organised scientific meetings, industry excursions, and intercultural events. Students will be able to tailor their individual curriculum by choosing from a large number of courses and events.

The Systems Neuroscience (CSN) programme is hosted by the Göttingen University, and includes faculty members of a variety of university research groups, as well as research groups of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine and the German Primate Centre.

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