[Comp-neuro] Postdoc positions in brain imaging signal analysis

Aapo Hyvarinen aapo.hyvarinen at helsinki.fi
Fri Jan 22 11:34:03 CET 2010

Applications are invited for

*** Two postdoctoral positions ***

in the project "Computational analysis of complex brain imaging data" in 
Helsinki, Finland. This is a joint project with Aapo Hyvarinen (Univ of 
Helsinki) and Riitta Hari (Aalto University, formerly called Helsinki 
Univ of Technology).

The postdoctoral training consists of developing new models, methods, 
and paradigms for brain imaging experiments using MEG and EEG. Almost 
all brain imaging data are currently analyzed by simple methods which 
constrain the experiments to simple laboratory situations. We develop 
new methods with which we can analyze brain activity in situations 
closer to everyday-life. An important example is the setting of 
two-person neuroscience, in which two subjects are in social interaction 
with each other, while both of their brains are scanned. Another example 
is when the subject is in resting state and we only observe the internal 
dynamics of the brain.

One of the post-doc positions has a more computational-mathematical 
orientation and is concentrated on development of new data analysis 
methods for MEG and EEG. It is located in Hyvarinen's group at the 
University of Helsinki, which is one of the world's leading groups in 
unsupervised machine learning and its applications in neuroscience. The 
other position combines experimental work with methods development and 
is in Hari's group at the Brain Research Unit of the Aalto University 
(Helsinki University of Technology), well-known world-wide for its work 
in the development of MEG.  The selected candidates will receive 
world-class post-doctoral training in a highly multidisciplinary and 
paradigm-shifting project.

Applications from candidates with a PhD degree in computer science, 
neuroscience, statistics, psychology, signal processing, or similar, are 
welcome. Candidates with experience in neuroscience are preferred but 
exceptionally strong candidates with a strong future commitment to 
neuroscience are also eligible. Candidates who are likely to obtain a 
PhD degree in the next few months can also apply. The starting date and 
the duration are flexible.

Please send your application to: aapo.hyvarinen at helsinki.fi . Attach at 
least: CV, publication list, short statement of research interests, and 
names and email addresses of 2-3 people willing to give their opinion on 
your competence. Review of applications will start on 15th February and 
continue until the positions are filled.


Aapo Hyvarinen

Dept of Mathematics and Statistics
  & Dept of Computer Science
University of Helsinki


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