[Comp-neuro] PostDoctoral Position in Computational Neuroscience

Wulfram Gerstner Wulfram.Gerstner at epfl.ch
Wed Sep 6 16:23:36 CEST 2006

2 PostDoc positions and 1 PhD position
   in computational neuroscience

    at the EPFL, Switzerland

We are looking for several enthousiastic and highly qualified
researchers interested in work on

     - simplified  models of spiking neurons


     - models of spike timing dependent plasticity (STDP)

The Laboratory of Computational Neuroscience is
part of the Brain-Mind Institute at the EPFL,
and located in Lausanne on the shores of the Lake
of Geneva in Switzerland. Together with the ETHZ
the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne)
ranks amongst the top universities in Europe.
The EPFL has a very active research program
in neuroscience with a strong component
in theoretical and computational neuroscience.

The ideal candidates should have a background in
physics or related fields and previous experience
in computational neuroscience.

For more information on the work in the lab
see  http://diwww.epfl.ch/mantra/

Recent publications of the lab relevant for the project

- Simplified Models of Spiking Neurons

R. Jolivet, A. Rauch, H.-R. Luscher and W. Gerstner (2006)
Predicting spike timing of neocortical pyramidal neurons by simple 
threshold models, Journal of Computational Neuroscience 21:35-49

Romain Brette and Wulfram Gerstner (2005)
Adaptive Exponential Integrate-and-Fire Model as an Effective 
Description of Neuronal Activity, J Neurophysiol, 94: 3637 - 3642

- Models of STDP

J.-P. Pfister, T. Toyoizumi, D. Barber, and W. Gerstner (2006)
Optimal Spike-Timing Dependent Plasticity for Precise Action Potential 
Firing in supervised learning
Neural Computation 18:1309-1339

T. Toyoizumi, J.-P. Pfister, K. Aihara, and W. Gerstner (2005)
Generalized Bienenstock-Cooper-Munro rule for spiking neurons that 
maximizes information transmission
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 102:5239-5244

J.-P. Pfister and W. Gerstner (2005)
Beyond Pair-Based STDP: a Phenomenological Rule for Spike Triplet and 
Frequency Effects.
IN: Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 18, Y. Weiss and 
B. Schölkopf and J. Platt, MIT Press, Cambridge, pp 1083--1090


PostDoctoral positions are for an initial period of 2 years
with a flexible starting date.
Appications including
- a 1 page statement of research interests
- CV with publications
- names and contact details of 3 referees
should be sent in pdf format
     Wulfram.Gerstner at epfl.ch

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