[Comp-neuro] Postdoc position: modelling development of retinotopic maps

Stephen Eglen S.J.Eglen at damtp.cam.ac.uk
Mon Feb 7 13:58:40 CET 2011

A postdoctoral position is being offered under a joint
computational/experimental Wellcome Trust Programme Grant awarded to
Dr Stephen Eglen (Cambridge) in collaboration with Professor David
Willshaw (Edinburgh) and Professors Ian Thompson and Uwe Drescher
(Kings College London).  The aim of the grant is to evaluate the
relative contributions of electrical activity and molecular guidance
cues in the development of ordered nerve connections in the vertebrate
visual system.  For further details, visit

The Research Associate will be based at Cambridge and will develop
computational models for the formation of retinocollicular
connections, comparing the roles of molecular gradients and
spontaneous neural activity.  These models will help generate
hypotheses that can be tested by the experimental partners.  The
candidate will also be expected to quantify and analyse relevant
experimental data.  The job will involve travel to project partners
and attendance at workshops and conferences.

The ideal candidate will have a first degree in the mathematical,
physical or engineering sciences, and a PhD in Computational
Neuroscience or a closely related discipline.  He/She will have an
interest in developmental neuroscience and experience in interacting
with colleagues across disciplines.  Experience in developing
computational models in C/Matlab/R is highly advantageous.  Good
communication skills are also essential, both for working with the
project team and publication of results.

The start date for this position is expected to be Spring 2011.  The
post will be for three years.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Stephen Eglen
(S.J.Eglen at damtp.cam.ac.uk).  Applications should include a CV, a
statement of research and a completed form CHRIS 6 (downloadable from
http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/forms/chris6/).  Applications
should be sent to Ms Danielle Stretch, Department of Applied
Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Centre for Mathematical Sciences,
University of Cambridge, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA. E-mail:
D.Stretch at damtp.cam.ac.uk. E-mail is preferred.  Please also arrange
for two referees to send reference letters directly to Ms Stretch by
the closing date.

Vacancy Reference No: LE07800 
Salary: 27,319-35,646 pounds.  
Closing date: 9 March 2011.

Stephen Eglen, DAMTP, Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA, U.K.
Tel +44 (0)1223 765 761               S.J.Eglen at damtp.cam.ac.uk
Fax +44 (0)1223 760 419   http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/eglen

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