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The Chair of Computational Neuroscience of the Faculty of Computer Science is looking for a

research associate (m,f,x) limited until 30.06.2025 with 39,83 hours per week (TV-L E13)

The Ruhr University Bochum is home to a vibrant research community in neuroscience and cognitive science. The Institute for Neural Computation combines different areas of expertise ranging from experimental and theoretical neuroscience to machine learning and robotics. The research group is highly dynamic and uses diverse computational modeling approaches including biological neural networks, cognitive modeling, and machine learning to investigate learning and memory in humans and animals. For further information see www.rub.de/cns. We are committed to providing a supportive work environment for female researchers, in particular those with young children. Our university provides mentoring and coaching opportunities specifically aimed at women in research. We have a strong research network with female role models and will provide opportunities to network with them. Wherever possible, events will be scheduled during regular childcare hours. Special childcare will be arranged if events have to be scheduled outside of regular hours, in case of sickness and during school or daycare closures. Where childcare is not an option parents will be offered a home office solution.

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application deadline:
02.01.2023

Your tasks:

  • The position is part of the Collaborative Research Center “Extinction Learning” (SFB 1280) and studies the principles underlying spatial learning and its extinction with reinforcement learning models. A particular focus is the role of episodic-like memory in learning and extinction processes.

Your profile: Candidates must have

  • a doctorate degree in neuroscience, physics, mathematics, electrical/biomedical engineering or a closely related field,
  • relevant experience in mathematical modeling,
  • excellent programming skills (e.g., Python, C/C++, Matlab),
  • excellent communication skills in English,
  • the ability to work well in a team,
  • Research experience in neuroscience would be a further asset.

Our offerings:

  • challenging and varied tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility,
  • team-oriented cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team,
  • fair working hours and family-friendly working conditions,
  • support in reconciling family and work/academics (including childcare placement, holiday offers, mobile children's room).

Additional information:

Please send your application, including CV, transcripts and research statement electronically, as a single PDF file, to samarasinghe@ini.rub.de. In addition, at least two academic references must be sent independently to the above email address.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.


The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Mrs Malini Vinita Samarasinghe, Phone: +49234 32 27996

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see: https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/information-collection-personal-data-application-process.

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 1346 until 02/01/2023, send by e-mail to the following address: samarasinghe@ini.rub.de

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