[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral position – Learning and forgetting in the fruit fly

Walter Senn wsenn at cns.unibe.ch
Mon Dec 17 22:53:30 CET 2012

A postdoctoral position is available in the Computational Neuroscience 
lab of Walter Senn (University of Bern, Switzerland).

The position is part of a joint project with the Drosophila 
Neurogenetics lab of Simon Sprecher (University of Fribourg, Switzerland).

The project investigates neuronal mechanisms of learning and forgetting 
in the fruit fly on different time scales. It combines a theoretical 
approach to the phenomenon of active forgetting with behavioral and 
neurogenetic experiments. The theory of reinforcement learning with 
spiking neurons shall be extended to cope with a dynamically changing 
environment, and a mechanistic network model shall be developed to 
explain behavioral data.

The position provides a highly competitive salary for a duration of 3 
years, extendable, with Bernas the capital of Switzerlandbeing a 
beautiful and interesting place to live. Starting date flexible, if 
possible early 2013.

Ideal candidates have a PhD in computational neuroscience with a strong 
background in theory (machine learning, reinforcement learning, neuronal 
/ Bayesian modeling).

Please email CV with scientific record, a statement of research 
interests (maximally 1 page) and 2 reference letters to Walter Senn 
(http://www.physio.unibe.ch/~senn/group/). Reviewing of the applications 
starts on January 7, 2013.
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