[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral Position in Computational Neuroscience at UT Austin

Jonathan Pillow pillow at mail.utexas.edu
Thu Feb 11 06:35:46 CET 2010

Please forward to any and all colleagues who might be interested.  Thanks!

best regards,
Jonathan Pillow

Postdoctoral Position in Computational Neuroscience

A postdoctoral position in computational neuroscience is available in the
Neural Coding and Computation Lab, at the University of Texas at Austin,
under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Pillow. Our research focuses on the
information-processing capabilities of neural populations and the adaptive
perceptual abilities of human observers. Current research projects include:

   - encoding and decoding of sensory information in neural populations
   - modeling of single-neuron response properties from intracellular data
   - point process models of extracellularly recorded neural populations
   - unsupervised learning in spiking neural models
   - development of statistical and machine-learning tools for the analysis
      of neural and imaging data
   - Bayesian ideal observer models of human psychophysical performance
   - theoretical models of neural & perceptual adaptation

We conduct psychophysical experiments on adaptation and visual motion
perception, and collaborate with several electrophysiology labs on the
modeling and analysis of neural data. For more information, please visit:

The NCC lab, at the University of Texas at Austin, is affiliated with the
Center for Perceptual Systems, the Institute for Neuroscience, the
Department of Psychology, the Section of Neurobiology, and the Division
of Statistics and Scientific Computation. UT Austin has a vigorous and
rapidly growing neuroscience community, with an energetic mix of junior
and senior faculty who use imaging, electrophysiology, molecular biology
and biochemistry, genetics, psychology, statistics, and computer science
techniques to study the brain. UT Austin has excellent programs in
engineering, mathematics, and the sciences.

In 2009, Austin was ranked #3 among big cities on the "Best Places to Live"
list from Money Magazine, and was awarded "Greenest City in America" by
MSN.  Known as the "Live Music Capital of the World", Austin is the
15th-largest and 3rd-fastest-growing US city, and is home to many hi-tech
and Fortune 500 corporations.

To Apply
Applicants should have a PhD in a biological or quantitative discipline
(eg, Neuroscience, Engineering, Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics,
Physics) by the time they start the position.  Desired (but not essential)
qualifications include familiarity with Bayesian statistical methods and/or
probabilistic models of neural data, and experience with programming in
Matlab.  Above all, applicants should possess creativity, independence,
mathematical expertise, and a demonstrated enthusiasm for research.

Applicants should submit:
(1) a statement of research interests
(2) a current CV
(3) the names and contact details of three references.

Inquiries and applications may be addressed by email to Dr. Jonathan Pillow
(pillow at mail.utexas.edu), or by post to:

Dr. Jonathan Pillow
Center for Perceptual Systems
1 University Station, #A8000
Austin, TX 78712-0187

Application review will begin immediately, and continue until the position
is filled.

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