[Comp-neuro] postdoc in computational neuroscience
m.lengyel at eng.cam.ac.uk
Tue Nov 17 14:54:57 CET 2009
Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Neuroscience
University of Cambridge
We are seeking a highly creative and motivated postdoctoral fellow
(research associate) to work in the group of Mate Lengyel at the
Computational and Biological Learning Lab, Department of Engineering,
University of Cambridge (http://learning.eng.cam.ac.uk/Public/Lengyel/).
The group studies learning and memory from computational, algorithmic/
representational and neurobiological viewpoints. Computationally and
algorithmically, we use ideas from Bayesian approaches to statistical
inference and reinforcement learning to characterize the goals and
mechanisms of learning in terms of normative principles and behavioral
results. We also perform dynamical systems analyses of reduced
biophysical models to understand the mapping of these mechanisms into
cellular and network models.
The post is funded by a Wellcome Trust project grant on "Spike timing-
based memory in the hippocampus" involving collaboration with Peter
Dayan (Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, UCL), and the groups of
Ole Paulsen (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Oxford
University) and Francesco Battaglia (SILS Center for Neuroscience,
University of Amsterdam) providing direct access to relevant in vitro
and in vivo electrophysiological data.
The successful candidate will have a strong analytical background and
demonstrable interest in theoretical neuroscience. They should have or
be close to completion of a PhD or equivalent in computational
neuroscience, physics, mathematics, computer science, machine learning
or a related field. Previous experience in computational neuroscience
is not required, but preference will be given to candidates with
sufficient programming skills to run numerical simulations (eg. in C
or MatLab), or expertise with neural network models, analysis of
dynamical systems, and Bayesian techniques.
The appointment will be for 1 year initially (extendable subject to
funding) starting 1 April 2010 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Salary is in the range £27,183-£35,469 p.a.
The cover sheet for applications, PD18 is available from www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/personnel/forms/pd18/
. Parts I, II and III should be sent, preferably by e-mail, with a
letter of application, a statement of research interests, and a CV (in
pdf or plain text formats if possible) with the names and full contact
details (including e-mail addresses) of three referees to Ms Diane
Unwin (dsu21 at cam.ac.uk), Department of Engineering, Trumpington
Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ, (tel: +44 (0)1223 3 32600, fax: +44
(0)1223 3 32662), so as to reach her not later than 7 December 2009.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed as soon as possible after
the closing date.
Mate Lengyel, PhD
Computational and Biological Learning Lab
Cambridge University Engineering Department
Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ, UK
tel: +44 (0)1223 748 532, fax: +44 (0)1223 332 662
email: m.lengyel at eng.cam.ac.uk
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