[Comp-neuro] PhD/Postdoc positions in biorobotics at LORIA-CNRS in Nancy, France

Dominique Martinez Dominique.Martinez at loria.fr
Fri Jul 8 19:20:35 CEST 2011


PhD/Postdoc positions in biorobotics at LORIA-CNRS in Nancy, France :

Full-time PhD and postdoctoral positions are available at LORIA CNRS 
(http://www.loria.fr) for studying olfactory coding and olfactory 
searches in insects by means of a multidisciplinary approach combining 
computational models and biorobotic experiments. We investigate one of 
the most remarkable olfactory searching behaviour known in nature: the 
male moth which actively localizes an immobile female that signals its 
presence by emitting a sex pheromone. This source localization problem 
is approached with a cyborg, using the antennae of a tethered moth 
mounted on a moving robot controlled by neural network models of the 
olfactory pathway. This work is part of the Pherotaxis project funded by 
the French national research agency (ANR) which involves two teams at 
LORIA : Cortex (http://cortex.loria.fr) and Maia (http://maia.loria.fr). 
The candidates should hold a degree in either applied physics, 
electrical engineering, or computer science and should demonstrate a 
strong interest in biophysics and system neuroscience as they will have 
to interact with other researchers (electrophysiologists) to perform 
electroantennogram recordings on tethered moths. Applications including 
a CV and the names of two references must be sent electronically to 
Dominique Martinez (Dominique.Martinez at loria.fr , 
http://www.loria.fr/~dmartine).


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