Looking for a lab rotation or thesis project?

The Department of Sensory and Sensorimotor Systems, at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and University of Tübingen (https://www.kyb.tuebingen.mpg.de/sensory-and-sensorimotor-systems) is happy to offer positions, projects, and trainings to students interested in various projects in our labs.

Our head, Li Zhaoping, is also a professor in Cognitive Science in University Tuebingen, if your project requires the supervisor to be a member of the University teaching staff. There is an internship course offered by Prof. Li that you can sign-up on ALMA.

Our department, led by Prof. Li Zhaoping (see http://www.lizhaoping.org/zhaoping/index.html) works mainly on visual and olfactory functions in the human and animal brain and their elicited behavioral responses, but we also work on other related topics in brain science (more details at www.lizhaoping.org). Research methods include visual psychophysics, zebrafish behavior and neuroscience, computational modeling, data analysis, fMRI and eye tracking.

Examples of possible projects on offer:

(1) Learn and practice one of the following three computational vision topics: efficient coding, a recurrent visual cortical model, or visual decoding, using the textbook "Understanding vision: theory, models, and data" .

(2) Learn visual psychophysics and practice on visual illusions. First, learn to do visual psychophysics by a guided self-learning course in the lab. Second, pick a visual illusion to test/play/explore a computational theory. Motivated students may add an eye-tracking component.

(3) Use visual psychophysics in conjuction with fMRI to test competing hypotheses of visual function. You may begin learning fMRI data analysis techniques immediately, with the possibility to help run participants in the scanner after completion of a safety training course.

(4) Human olfactory psychophysics project: read some papers in the literature, and repeat one experiment in a paper. Special skill requirement: you need to be self-reliant to learn and set up equipment from scratch to do the experiments, as a pioneer in the lab.

(5) Zebrafish behavioral experiments: learn how to prepare Zebrafish for behavioral experiments, using computer vision track and quantify behavior.

(6) Clinical/developmental projects: e.g.: age dependence of some visual illusions/effects. Special requirement: need to have access to subjects of clinical/developmental stages.

(7) custom design or modify some projects to suit your skills, interests, and training goals --- need to discuss individually.

Information we need from you to decide whether there is a suitable project or internship position (essay rotation, lab rotation, internship, thesis project) that we can offer for your training needs.

(1) Tell us your training program, and send us your transcripts, with information on the courses you have taken and grades you achieved.

(2) A CV, listing your skills (e.g., programming, writing, organization) and experience/achievements.

(3) Tell us what topics in our labs interest you most, or what related topics that you like to do a project/internship on.

(4) The training requirements for your project/thesis, according to your module handbook or as required by your department or course program. In particular, what are the duration and workloads, and what are the components that must be completed for the project or thesis.

(5) Tell us your preferred or planned months/semester/duration that you would like to do the project.

(6) You must make sure that a project/internship supervised by our department can meet the requirement by your particular training program.

Questions and enquiries: zhaoping.li.admin@tuebingen.mpg.de