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

Paolo Massobrio paolo.massobrio at unige.it
Mon Oct 24 09:20:29 CEST 2011

We are seeking highly motivated candidates for a post-doctoral position (2
years) at the Neuroengineering and Bio-Nano Technology Group (NBT),
<http://www.unige.it/> University of Genova, Genova, ITALY.


The candidate will be involved in the recently funded European Project
BRAIN-BOW. It is a great chance to join this project since it is the first
ever funded project in the call "FET Young Explorers". A tight interaction
with young and dynamic high-level partners of the consortium (University of
Bordeaux, France; Italian Institute of Technology, Italy; University of Tel
Aviv, Israel) is foreseen.


The project has the ambitious goal to study and develop a new class of
neuroprosthetic devices  aimed at treating those diseases where a portion of
brain tissue is damaged. The main aim is to develop a proof-of-concept in
which at in vitro level a neuronal assembly is connected  to an artificial
system (a neuromorphic chip) mimicking a lost neuronal functionality and
substituting a biological counterpart (i.e., an in-vitro neuronal

In particular, the candidate will be devoted to develop large-scale
computational models of neuronal networks to be dynamically and
bidirectionally interfaced to biological assemblies. Such artificial network
models will allow to substitute a real assembly with a simulated one.



Candidates must have 1) a PhD in computational neuroscience, physics,
engineering, mathematics or a related field; 2) Excellent programming skills
in C++/C#, Python or Neuron; 3) a published record of research in the field
of computational neuroscience; 4) Experience in electrophysiology is a plus.


Deadline for submitting the application is December 16th 2011. The selected
candidates will be contacted for a further interview at the beginning of
2012. The earliest possible starting date is March 1st 2012 and the position
will last for 2 years (possible extension to 3 years).


Our research group has a long tradition in 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.


Our labs are located in
<http://www.turismo.comune.genova.it/spip.php?lang=en> Genova, 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). Genova is only 1.30h away
from Milan by train and connected by plane to Rome (1.00h), London (2h) and
Paris (1.30h).


Applications must include an extended CV, a motivation letter, the most
relevant papers and names and addresses of two references. If you are
interested, please send your application 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, 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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