[Comp-neuro] Postdoc position at the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme in Lisbon, Portugal

Christian Machens christian.machens at neuro.fchampalimaud.org
Wed Feb 15 18:51:13 CET 2012



POSTDOC POSITION IN COMPUTATIONAL / THEORETICAL NEUROSCIENCE

A postdoctoral position in computational / theoretical neuroscience is available in 
the group of Christian Machens at the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme 
in Lisbon, Portugal (see http://www.machenslab.org)

Our group is interested in understanding how neural circuits give rise to behavior. 
We work in close collaboration with several experimental labs and follow a three-
pronged approach: (1) We build quantitative and computation-oriented models of 
behavior, using reinforcement learning and control theory. (2) We analyze 
recordings of neural activity in awake-behaving animals, using and improving 
methods from machine learning. (3) We construct mechanistic network models to 
explain and reproduce the measured neural activities, using methods from 
statistical physics and nonlinear dynamics.

We are part of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme 
(http://neuro.fchampalimaud.org/) which aims to understand the biological basis of 
behavior and cognition. The research teams include members from across the world, 
and English is the official language of the institute. In addition to research, we also 
organize a PhD programme, workshops, and public events. Located on the 
waterfront in central Lisbon, Portugal, the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown 
is equipped with cutting edge research facilities. We offer a very pleasant work 
environment and internationally competitive salary & benefits. Lisbon offers a sunny 
Atlantic-Mediterranean climate, affordable cost of living, and vibrant culture, with 
good public transportation, international schools and convenient housing options 
both within and outside the city center.

Candidates should have a PhD, a demonstrated ability for independent and creative 
research, and strong quantitative and mathematical skills. If you are interested, 
please send a statement of your research interests (max one page), a CV including a 
list of publications, and the contacts of two referees to 

christian.machens at neuro.fchampalimaud.org. 

Electronic submissions in pdf-format are preferred.


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