[Comp-neuro] PhD position in computational neuroscience

Arjen van Ooyen arjen.van.ooyen at falw.vu.nl
Fri Jan 21 11:20:19 CET 2011

PhD position in computational neuroscience: Stability and rewiring in 
adaptive neuronal networks

Applications are invited for a PhD position in the Computational 
Neuroscience Group of the Department of Integrative Neurophysiology, VU 
University Amsterdam. The position is funded by the NWO Complexity grant 
“Stability and rewiring in adaptive neuronal networks” (STARNET). The 
general aim of this project is to investigate the reciprocal 
interactions between neuronal activity and changes in network structure 
and topology.

In the PhD project, the focus is on activity-dependent network formation 
and emerging topological properties of network connectivity. Neurons 
change their morphology in an activity-dependent fashion. We will 
investigate the impact of such local changes in connectivity on global 
network topology and stability, during development and after 
disturbances such as experience-dependent stimulation, local damage and 
progressive degeneration. The work has direct medical relevance in the 
context of multiple sclerosis research and will be conducted in close 
collaboration with Dr. Jeroen Geurts, VU Medical Center Amsterdam.

The ideal candidate combines a strong neurobiological background with 
excellent programming skills, preferably in MatLab. Experience with 
biophysical neuron models, non-linear dynamical systems, or neuronal 
network modeling would be an advantage. Proficiency in spoken and 
written English is required.

For further information about this position, see 
or contact Dr. Arjen van Ooyen, arjen.van.ooyen at cncr.vu.nl, or Dr. 
Markus Butz, mbutz at cncr.vu.nl. Application letters including a CV, 
research experience, a short statement of research interests, and 
contact details of two referees should be sent by email to Dr. Arjen van 

Dr. Arjen van Ooyen
Computational Neuroscience Group
Department of Integrative Neurophysiology
Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research
VU University Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1085
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

E-mail: arjen.van.ooyen at cncr.vu.nl
Phone:  +31.20.5987090
Fax:    +31.20.5987112
Room:   B-451
Web:    http://www.bio.vu.nl/enf/vanooyen

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