[Comp-neuro] 3-year PostDoc position: Network analysis and Neuroinformatics

Marcus Kaiser M.Kaiser at newcastle.ac.uk
Fri Dec 15 17:29:41 CET 2006

Please forward the following advert to potential candidates. Thanks!

This appointment is part of the CARMEN initiative in Neuroinformatics
which brings together a consortium of 19 investigators from 11 UK
Universities with expertise in experimental Neuroscience, computing
science and statistical data analysis. The initiative also involves
neuroscientists in Germany, Japan and the USA, and a number of
commercial companies who are interested in both the computing challenges
and the way the project can help their studies of the brain.

The research project involves the development of algorithms for the
analysis and visualization of activity patterns in neural systems. These
patterns could range from the firing rates of neurons from
multi-electrode recordings to functional networks as yielded by
functional imaging, or optical or electrophysiological recordings in
EEG. In addition to implementing algorithms used in network analysis,
new algorithms for detecting characteristic activity patterns will be

A key part of the role will be working with experimental neuroscientists
to understand the nature of the data that will be analyzed. You will
therefore need good communication skills, including the ability to give
presentations on their work, and to interact with others from different
disciplines. You will need to be able to write design documents and
academic papers.

You should ideally have, or be about to submit, a PhD in a theoretical
subject such as computer science, physics, or mathematics. You will have
knowledge and experience in one or more of: graph theory, network
analysis, information theory, statistics, distributed computing or, the
application of computing to a scientific domain. 

The project is jointly supervised by Dr Marcus Kaiser from Newcastle
University and Dr Stephen Eglen from the University of Cambridge. Dr
Kaiser is based at the Institute of Neuroscience in Newcastle which is
one of the largest neuroscience groups in the UK with more than 100
independent investigators (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ion/ ). Dr Eglen is
based in the Cambridge Computational Biology Institute (CCBI), which is
physically hosted in the Department of Applied Mathematics and
Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. One role of the CCBI
is to increase interactions between experimentalists and theorists in
the area of computational biology, of which computational neuroscience
is one focus. 

Other ongoing research in my group includes the development, robustness,
dynamics, and spatial organisation of cortical and neuronal networks
(see Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2004 and PLoS Computational Biology,
2006 articles available from my homepage). In particular we are
interested in how activity spreads in cortical networks and how the
brain recovers after lesions.

Closing date for applications is: 15 January 2007
Informal enquiries about this position may be made to Dr Marcus Kaiser,
m.kaiser at ncl.ac.uk
Full details are available at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/vacancies  (Job Ref:

More information about our groups can be found at
http://www.biological-networks.org          (Dr Marcus Kaiser)
http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/sje30/      (Dr Stephen Eglen)


Marcus Kaiser, Ph.D.
RCUK Academic Fellow
School of Computing Science
Newcastle University
Claremont Tower
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, U.K.
Phone: +44 191 222 8161
Fax:   +44 191 222 8232

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