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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program: Project 18/2024: PhD Project Title: The neurobiology of learning in a virtual world

Topic Description: In everyday life, we are exposed to a multitude of sensory modalities during learning, whereas in a laboratory setting, learning is mostly studied by investigating one or maximally two channels only, for example visual and auditory learning. In this project, we will investigate body memories by making use of a novel setup where people are exposed to visual immersion combined with full-body haptic feedback via haptic suits. By combining this experimental setup with fMRI during retrieval, this project allows to gain a deeper understanding about the neuronal mechanisms that allow us to remember everyday life bodily experiences, both pleasant and unpleasant. This is an important prerequisite to understand the mechanisms of maladaptive memory formation and their modification.

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine
Institute/Section/Subject: Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research

Supervising Professor(s): Prof. Dr. Esther Kühn

About the Supervisor(s): The Research Group „Translational Imaging of Cortical Microstructure“ uses translational MR imaging to understand how cortical microstructure links to human brain function in health and disease. We study healthy younger and older adults, people with neurodegenerative diseases and people with mental disorders to understand the neuronal mechanisms that underlie healthy and pathological brain states and their modification. http://www.estherkuehn-science.org

Requirements for the application:
Required Degrees: Master of Science (Biology, (Cognitive) Neuroscience, Psychology, Medicine Technology)
Language Requirements: English (IELTS 6,5 or TOEFL equivalent)
Notes: Prior experience with f/MRI data analyses and/or VR programming is/are a strong plus.

For further instructions on how to apply, more information on the program and contact details please see below.
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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program
The University of Tübingen have established a PhD Program which supports Korean nationals from partner Universities wishing to carry out all or part of their PhD study in Tübingen.

  • Cheju National University
  • Chonbuk National University
  • Chungnam National University
  • Ewha Womans University
  • Hanyang University
  • Korea University
  • Pusan National University
  • Seoul National University
  • Sogang University
  • Sookmyung Women's University
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • Yonsei University


  • Aims:
    • providing high quality research training to qualified students from Korean universities
    • developing education and research collaborations between the University of Tübingen and Korean universities and research institutions

    Target group:
    Excellent postgraduate and doctoral students from Korean partner universities who are citizens and permanent residents of the Republic of Korea at the time of application

    Application Process:
    • June 30: Application deadline. Applications must be handed in through the online application system of the University of Tübingen
    • between July 4 and 7: round of interviews in English
    • by July 30: Successful applicants will be officially informed and provided letters of admission.
    • by Oct 1: Program participants arrive in Tübingen

    • How to Apply:
      In order to apply you need to upload the following documents combined in 1 PDF
      • Cover/Motivation letter with the description of academic characteristics that qualify you to complete the PhD project successfully
      • CV
      • Academic transcripts*
      • Proof of proficient English language skills - TOEFL iBT 95 or IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

      *List of required Academic transcripts (including official translation into German or English for documents issued in Korean)
      1) Bachelor’s Degree Award Certificate / Bachelor Gradverleihungsurkunde
      2) Transcript of the subjects and marks / Fächer- und Notenübersicht for your Bachelor’s degree/ für das Bachelorstudium
      3) Master’s Degree Award Certificate / Master-Gradverleihungsurkunde
      4) Transcript of the subjects and marks for your Master’s Degree / Fächer- und Notenübersicht für das Masterstudium


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