[Comp-neuro] Two PhDs in Modeling and Analysis of the Cerebellum at University of Antwerp

Erik De Schutter erik at tnb.ua.ac.be
Fri Jun 11 04:09:16 CEST 2010


The Theoretical Neurobiology group at the University of Antwerp has obtained funding from two ITN networks on the cerebellum (C7 and CEREBNET). In this context two CEREBNET PhD positions are available to work on modeling and analysis of the cerebellum. The modeling student will use and improve an anatomically and physiologically realistic network model of the olivocerebellar system developed by the Computational Neuroscience Unit of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) using parallel NEURON. Scientific questions to be addressed include population coding at different levels in the system, the effect of distributed synaptic plasticity on learning and linking the biophysical model to system level descriptions of human and animal behavior. The analysis student will use advanced image processing methods to massively reconstruct Purkinje cell dendritic trees at different developmental stages and contribute to developing a model of dendritic growth.

Applicants should check whether they conform to the ITN regulations for Early-stage researchers. Accepted candidates will be enrolled as PhD students in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Salary is available for three years at standard rates and will be paid by the University of Antwerp. Positions will start in 2010 or 2011. Students are expected to make extended visits to the Computational Neuroscience Unit in Japan. 

Applicants should send a short motivation of their interest in this project, relevant experience, CV and names of references to Prof. E. De Schutter. 
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