PhD/MD/MSc/BSc Students

PhD/MD/MSc/BSc Students

MD/Msc/BSc projects can be started at any time, depending on the current lab capacity. Interested students should apply in writing to Prof Dr Manahan-Vaughan (lmr@rub.de), with:

  • a letter of interest,
  • current grade transcript
  • preferred start date
Admission is based on the suitability of the candidate for an experimental project in the Manahan-Vaughan Lab. A current end of year grade of ‘2’ or higher is required. Current available projects are listed under listed under “Research” in the Manahan-Vaughan lab” .


MD projects

Only projects that involve hands-on original experimental research are offered. The goals is to write an experimental doctoral thesis, and to achieve one’s own first author publication in an international scientific journal. This necessitates that the candidate devote one year of full-time work in the project. Stipends, of currently 735 € plus 103 € for material expenses, can be competitively applied for from the SFB874. The MD projects typically involve research into the mechanisms underlying memory formation and can focus on either fundamental questions or disease models. Methods typically comprise a selection of the following:
  • In vitro electrophysiological recordings of field potentials from the rodent brain
  • In vitro electrophysiological recordings of single neurones from the rodent brain
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Western blotting
  • Histological analysis
  • In situ hybridisation
  • Human EEG recordings
MD students that conduct their research in the Department of Neurophysiology are welcome to participate in the special events offered by the department, and may participate in the MD curriculum of the International Graduate School of Neuroscience.

MSc projects

MSc projects typically involve research into the mechanisms underlying memory formation and can focus on either fundamental questions or disease models. Methods typically comprise a selection of the following:
  • In vitro electrophysiological recordings of field potentials from the rodent brain
  • In vitro electrophysiological recordings of single neurones from the rodent brain
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Western blotting
  • Histological analysis
  • In situ hybridisation
  • Human EEG recordings
  • Animal behaviour (neurobiological anaysis of learning behaviour in rodents)
  • Optogenetics

BSc projects

BSc projects typically involve research into the mechanisms underlying brain diseases. As the research time that can be devoted to the projects is relatively short the method selection comprises:
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Western blotting
  • Histological analysis
  • Animal behaviour (mechanisms underlying learning)

Human EEG recordings during passive visuo-spatial perception, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany