[Comp-neuro] Two Postdoctoral Positions in Computational Neuroscience at ENS Paris

Christian Machens christian.machens at ens.fr
Fri Jan 23 15:59:57 CET 2009

The Group for Neural Theory at the Ecole normale superieure in Paris is 
for two postdocs in computational / theoretical neuroscience. Our 
research focuses
on identifying links between the biophysics of single neuron, the 
dynamics of neural
networks, and the computations carried out by neural systems. Within 
these limits,
we investigate a range of problems such as probabilistic inference and 
learning in neural circuits, models of drug addiction, or models of 
working memory
and decision-making.

Applicants should have a PhD, strong quantitative skills, and an 
interest in
understanding biological systems. The two positions are:

(1) A "Senior" postdoc position. Here we are looking for an 
exceptionally talented
and enthusiastic candidate with a background in computational 
neuroscience. The
ideal candidate will be scientifically independent and pursue his/her 
own research
program. He/she will profit from a rich and collaborative research 
environment and
in turn contribute to it. The position is funded for up to four years 
appointment two years) and comes with a generous travel allowance. 
should include a CV, a research proposal (max two pages), and two 
letters of
recommendation. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until 
a suitable
candidate has been found. The starting date is envisioned in the spring 

(2) A "Junior" postdoc position. The ideal candidate will have a 
background in
machine learning and/or computational neuroscience and will pursue one 
of the
group projects related to the neural basis of Bayesian computation (see 
our website
for more information). In particular, the candidate could combine 
statistical models of
neural processing with analysis of neural data recorded by our 
collaborators. The position is funded for up to two years (initial 
appointment one
year), with possibility of extension. Applications should include a CV, 
a statement
of research interests (max 1 page), and two letters of recommendation. 
will be reviewed on a rolling basis up to 28/2/2009. The earliest 
starting date is

We are a young and international group of about 15 researchers with 
three principal
investigators (Sophie Deneve, Boris Gutkin, and Christian Machens; 
please contact our
website for details, http://www.gnt.ens.fr/). Our group is located in 
the Quartier Latin, the
very heart of Paris, at the Ecole normale superieure. Both the Ecole 
normale superieure
and Paris in general provide a strong and interactive environment for 
neuroscience. The working language in our group is English.

Please send applications (preferred format pdf) and further inquiries 
via email to
one of us:

     Sophie Deneve (sophie.deneve at ens.fr)
     Boris Gutkin (boris.gutkin at ens.fr)
     Christian Machens (christian.machens at ens.fr).

If you will be attending the Cosyne 2009 Conference in Salt Lake City, 
there will be
opportunities to meet there.

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