[Comp-neuro] PhD position available at the University of Genova

Paolo Massobrio paolo.massobrio at unige.it
Tue Aug 16 14:55:12 CEST 2011

We are seeking highly motivated candidates for a PhD position (3 years) at
the Neuroengineering and Bio-Nano Technology Group (NBT), University of
Genova <http://www.unige.it/> , Genova, ITALY. 


Our research group has a long tradition of studying network dynamics and
plasticity in neuronal assemblies by using planar micro-electrode arrays
(MEAs). See for example the following papers: Massobrio and Martinoia, J.
Neural Eng., 2008, Pasquale, et al., Neuroscience, 2008; Chiappalone, et
al., Eur. J. Neurosci., 2008; Massobrio, et al., Neurosci. Lett., 2009;
Garofalo, et al., PLoS ONE, 2009.


The successful candidate will be involved in a research project focused on
the study of the computational properties of neuronal assemblies coupled to
Micro-Electrode Arrays. By using both an experimental and modeling approach,
we want to study how the cell assembly architecture and the associated
dynamic state modulate the response to external inputs of engineered in
vitro neuronal networks as a reduced experimental model of generic neuronal
cell assemblies and reproduce the experimentally observed input-output (I/O)
function in simulated neuronal networks with the aim of better understanding
the key parameters related to network connectivity (e.g. modularity,
long-range connections, excitation-inhibition balance, etc.), dynamics
(firing regime, bursting vs spiking, activity-dependent plasticity, etc.)
and the interplay between the two.


To reach such objectives, besides experimental activities, computational
models of large-scale neuronal networks based on integrate-and-fire neurons
should be developed.


Candidates must have a master degree (or equivalent) in physics,
engineering, mathematics or a related field.

Essential skills comprise Matlab and/or C++/C# programming. Experience in
computational neuroscience and/or electrophysiology is a plus.


Our labs are located in Genova
<http://www.turismo.comune.genova.it/spip.php?lang=en> , a small beautiful
town in northern Italy, both from historical (its historical center is the
largest of Europe) and naturalistic point of view (sea and mountains coexist
creating a unique landscape). 


Deadline for submitting the application is September 10th 2011.


If you are interested, please send your CV, the name and contact details of
one reference, a description of your personal qualifications and research
interests to:


Dr. Paolo Massobrio

e-mail: paolo.massobrio at unige.it

Tel: +39-010-3532761


Prof. Sergio Martinoia

e-mail: sergio.martinoia at unige.it

Tel: +39-010-3532251



Paolo Massobrio

Paolo Massobrio, PhD
Neuroengineering and Bio-Nano Technology - NBT - Group
Department of Biophysical and Electronic Engineering - DIBE
University of Genova
Via Opera Pia 11A, 16145, GENOVA, ITALY
Phone: +39-010-3532761
Fax: +39-010-3532764
URL:  <http://sites.google.com/site/paolomassobrio/>
E-mail:  <mailto:paolo.massobrio at unige.it> paolo.massobrio at unige.it


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