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