Sound encoding by low-spontaneous rate auditory nerve fibres

The Inner Ear Lab, University Medicine Göttingen, Germany

A PhD position is available in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology of the Göttingen Medical Center, Germany, in the field of auditory neuroscience. Local drug treatment to the middle ear will be used to selectively damage spiral ganglion neurons with low spontaneous rates/high thresholds, causing a clinically relevant condition called “hidden hearing loss”. Auditory thresholds remain normal, but we expect specific alterations in the processing of suprathreshold sound stimuli. The main experimental work of the project will consist of in vivo single unit and multiunit recordings from the rodent auditory brainstem and behavioral experiments using operant conditioning. You will also participate in adapting existing hard- and software for experimental setups. The lab offers an excellent multidisciplinary research environment to study auditory function.


Dr. Nicola Strenzke