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Section of Neuroelectronic SystemsDepartment of Neurosurgery

Open Positions

Do robotic rats dream of real cheese?

Can a robot rat act like a real rat? 

Build an artificial brain for a rat avatar to make it run around like the real thing!

Suitable for Master students in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. 


Do dying neurons smell? 

Can we use a chemical sensor to measure Glutamate as a marker of neuron death?  

Or can we even release and measure Glutamate under physiological conditions?  


Topic suitable for Master research with Microtechnology, Neuroscience or Chemical technology background.

How Realistic is Virtual Reality for Rats ? Really ? 

Our omni-directional treadmill is waiting to be put to the test. 

How close is it to the real deal, how do rats behave differently in a real maze and their "gaming" counterpart.

Suitable for a Master student with interest in behavioral biology. 

Can you quantify happiness and welfare? 

Our rats play ball for entertainment and health. 

Can we quantify their playfulness and use it to our advantage? Can we detect cognitive decay?

Suitable for Master students in Biology and Neuroscience. 

Can we produce "patient" (rodent) specific brain implants?

We want to implement "LateX" style adaptations of 3D printable objects. 

To quickly produce custom sockets you need to write an editor which generates custom STL files based on given stereotaxic coordinates of rodents. Method of choice:  www.openscad.org/

 Suitable for bachelor students in micro-technology. 

Are you afraid of "Big Data"? 

Machine Learning and Classification on Huge Datasets: Our research produces very diverse data sets from intracranial micro-recordings, multi-electrode slice recordings and 3D video-tracking.

Suitable for students with a strong computational background: Computational Sciences, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Comp. Neurosciences.

Section of Neuroelectronic Systems

Prof. Dr. rer.nat. Ulrich G. Hofmann
Peter-Osypka-Professor for Neuroelectronic Systems

University Medical Center Freiburg
Department of Neurosurgery
Engesserstr. #4, 5th floor
D-79108 Freiburg
Phone: +49(0)761 270 50076
E-Mail: ulrich.hofmann@uniklinik-freiburg.de