The  Max  Planck  Society  and  the  Hebrew  University  have  established  a  new  Center  for Sensory Processing of the Brain in Action, which will support collaborative research between the Edmond  and Lily Safra Center  for Brain  Sciences  (ELSC)  in Jerusalem  and the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Neurobiology in Martinsried. The Center’s goal is to advance our understanding  of  the  neural  mechanisms  of  sensory  processing  in  its  behavioral  context. Current Principal investigators of the Center are: On the Israeli side: Idan Segev (Director) – sensory processing in dendritic modules, Haim Sompolinsky –theory of neuronal circuits, Adi Mizrahi –sensory coding and plasticity in the mammalian brainOn the German side: Tobias Bonhoeffer (Director) – synaptic plasticity in the behaving brain, Alexander Borst – motion processing in the fly visual system, Bert Sakmann – cortical columns in vivo and in silico. For

further information about the center see:

To  meet  its  goals  the  Center  has  established  a  Junior  Fellows  Program.  Each  Junior Fellowship is a three-year position (renewable up to five years) for independent experimental and/or theoretical research in topics such as functional modules of sensory systems and their integration (cells, synapses, dendrites, local circuits), experience-dependent adaptation and plasticity, behavioral modulation of sensory processing, and sensory-motor loops.

The Junior Fellow will establish his/her research program either at ELSC (Jerusalem) or/and at the MPI (Martinsried). It should be within the broadly defined interest and context of the research groups mentioned above. Fellowships include, in addition to a comfortable monthly compensation, a budget for equipment, for the support of a graduate student, and for travel between  the Israeli  and  German  sites.  Fellows  are expected  to facilitate  the collaboration between  the  two  institutions  and  to  participate  in  video-conferenced  seminars,  periodic meetings, and joint advanced courses.  They will be jointly mentored by Israeli and German Principal  Investigators  and will benefit from the excellent  scientific  and technical infrastructure, as well as the exciting intellectual atmosphere in ELSC and MPI.

Candidates  must  have  advanced  training  in  either  experimental  or  computational neuroscience.

Interested  candidates  are invited to send their CV as well as a short research statement  to Prof. Tobias Bonhoeffer (  and to Prof. Idan Segev ( and to solicit three letters of reference to be sent to the above addresses.



February 19, 2013