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PhD Program Neuroscience

Modern neuroscience is a multi-disciplinary field that includes biochemistry, molecular neurobiology, cellular neurobiology, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, neuroanatomy, neuropathology, neuroimmunology, clinical neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry and neurology. The aim of the neuroscience program is to educate students to PhD level using a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach preparing them for a successful scientific career within the field of neuroscience in academia and/or industry. Besides laboratory based research work under the supervision of faculty members, this program also provides the theoretical backbone of modern neuroscience via lecture courses and practical courses including the very latest cutting edge findings and techniques. If you are interested in this exciting field of research please search the list of participating research groups and get directly in contact with the faculty members to apply for open positions.


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         VDS CoBeNe

The VDS CoBeNe is one of four Doctoral Schools at the University of Vienna established in March 2016. It aims to foster interdisciplinary interactions between research groups in cognitive-, behavioural- and neurosciences at University of Vienna through a coordinated, structured and internationally recognized PhD education.

The mission of the VDS CoBeNe is to enhance academic and professional development of PhD candidates, to advance intellectual communication and scholarship across disciplines and to promote cultural diversity, scientific integrity and international collaboration.


A central question of neuroscience is how complex brain functions, such as learning, memory, pattern separation, pattern completion, and coding of information, emerge from the function of neuronal elements, like molecules, synapses, and neurons. To address this fundamental question, IST Austria has established an interdisciplinary neuroscience research program addressing this question at several levels: at the molecular and developmental level, at the cellular and synaptic level, and the microcircuit and network level. A central goal of the neuroscience groups is to study brain function at a quantitative level. Another major goal is to develop quantitative models, following the Hopfield quote: “Build it, and you understand it“.

Peter Jonas was appointed as a Founder of this Neuroscience Cluster in 2010, followed by Gašper Tkačik, Jozsef Csicsvari, Simon Hippenmeyer, Ryuichi Shigemoto, Gaia Novarino, Sandra Siegert, Maximilian Jösch, and Johann Danzl. The long-term goal is to establish a Neuroscience Research Cluster, which by 2026, will be composed of 15 research groups. The home of neuroscience is Lab Building East, the futuristic architecture of which is reminiscent of the cutting-edge experimental neuroscience projects performed in this building. Several cutting-edge techniques are implemented here, including subcellular patch-clamp recording, confocal and two-photon imaging, electron microscopy, in vivo recording, optogenetics, molecular biology, and superresolution imaging.