Dr. Mark Pottek

Scientific Coordinator "Joint Research Academy"
Cluster of Excellence "Hearing4all"
Dept. Neurosciences, School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Room: W30 3-316
Phone: +49(0)441-798 5479




Research and Aim of the PhD Programme

Neurosensory Sciences

The study of sensory systems is a key aspect in the neuroscientific research at the University of Oldenburg. Following a multidisciplinary approach we investigate, analyse and model the processing of auditory, visual and tactile information into internal representations.

This comprises the structural and functional examination of particular subsystems (e.g. neural networks in the retina), as well as studying their cooperative performance in well-defined psychophysical tasks (e.g. loudness perception in normal and hearing-impaired listeners). Special emphasis is given to object perception and the physiological basis of object representation, which is presumably characterised by similarities and interactions across different sensory systems. The employed research methods cover molecular genetics, single-cell electrophysiology, human and animal psychophysics, EEG recording, fMRI and numerical modelling, therefore providing a broad methodological frame for high-level PhD projects. Parts of the results will be used for clinical and technical applications such as improved analysis of functional images in neurosensory tasks or improved man-machine communication by employing auditory model-based processing techniques.

Substantial progress in this area of information processing is expected due to the close interaction between neurobiology, psychophysics, numerical modelling and information technology-driven development of algorithms. This is a rapidly developing field, offering a multitude of career options to young researchers.

Study programme

The international and interdisciplinary study programme leads to a PhD degree within three years. It is open to people who studied Biology, Physics, Psychology, Computer sciences or related subjects. The training component consists of courses on subject-specific theory and methodology, as well as on transferable skills, reflecting at least 30 credit points in total (European Credit Transfer System).

The research-oriented PhD programme is taught by internationally renowned scientists with the aim of ensuring high-quality research in an interdisciplinary context. Any PhD student mainly works on his or her individual research project and is integrated into one of the participating research groups under the supervision of the leading professor.

Participating research teams

The PhD programme is a joint effort of the following research groups:

Auditory Neuroscience Prof. Dr. Jannis Hildebrandt
Animal Physiology & Behaviour Prof. Dr. Georg Klump
Dr. Ulrike Langemann
Biochemistry of Neurosensory Processes Prof. Dr. Karl-Wilhelm Koch
Biological Psychology Prof. Dr. Christiane Thiel
Cochlea and Auditory Brainstem Physiology Prof. Dr. Christine Köppl
Computational Neuroscience Prof. Dr. Jutta Kretzberg
Medical Physics Prof. Dr. Birger Kollmeier
Neurogenetics Prof. Dr. Hans Gerd Nothwang
Neurosensory Science (Animal Navigation) Prof. Dr. Henrik Mouritsen
Theoretical Physics
/ Complex Systems (ICBM)
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Feudel
Visual Neuroscience Prof. Dr. Martin Greschner
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Janssen-Bienhold
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