[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical/Experimental Neuroscience, (Poirazi lab)

Yiota Poirazi poirazi at imbb.forth.gr
Sun Jul 22 07:35:37 CEST 2012

?postdoctoral (or senior researcher) position with very competitive 
salary (*EUR2,400-2,600 net/month*), is available *immediately* at 
IMBB-FORTH (_www.imbb.forth.gr <http://www.imbb.forth.gr/>__)_in Crete, 
in the lab of Dr. *Panayiota Poirazi*.

The position is available for 2 years as part of the EC-FP7 Marie Curie 
Initial Training Network (ITN) NAMASEN offering research training in 
Neuroelectronics and Nanotechnology: towards a Multidisciplinary 
Approach for the Science and Engineering of Neuronal Networks 
(http://www.namasen.net <http://www.namasen.net/>). The position offers 
travel money and the possibility of extended visits to the participating 



FORTH is one of the top European Research Centers. It has ranked 1^st in 
terms of high impact publications in Greece and 12^th in the number of 
FP7 grants in Europe. IMBB is the top Biological Institute in Greece, in 
terms of high quality personnel, publications, infrastructure and 
competitive grants. IMBB-FORTH is located in Heraklion,one of the most 
ancient and historical Greek cities, on the picturesque island of Crete. 
Crete, the homeland of major artists, such as El Greco and Nikos 
Kazantzakis, impressively combines the outstanding geophysical variety 
(forests, mountains, gorges, and beaches) with its rich history of 
thousands of years, resulting in the well-known Cretan culture and cuisine.

*The Poirazi lab*

The Computational Biology Laboratory 
(http://www.imbb.forth.gr/people/poirazi/) at IMBB-FORTH performs 
research that is at the forefront of Computational Neuroscience and 
Bioinformatics. The work of Dr. Poirazi led to several high impact 
publications, some of which have shaped the field of dendritic 
computations. This work received prestigious awards, including the EMBO 
Young Investigator Award in 2005, 2 Marie Curie Fellowships and the 
European Research Council (ERC) starting grant in 2012.

The title of the individual research project at CBL is:

"*Clustered plasticity and network emergent states*"**

The fellow will focus on the mathematical investigation and 
machine-learning classification of collective electrical properties, 
emerging in neuronal networks coupled to multielectrode arrays and 
neuroelectronic hybrids. Specifically, he/she will use electrophysiology 
techniques to study the passive and active electrophysiological 
properties of neurons in /in vitro/ neuronal networks as well as the 
presence of synaptic currents following electrical stimulation. In 
addition, different stimulation protocols will be applied to study 
whether neuronal networks express specific types of plasticity. We are 
mostly interested in identifying stimuli that are predicted 
theoretically to give rise to highly interconnected neuronal sub-networks.
He/she will also/alternatively explore the consequences of clustered 
plasticity rules in conductance-based model neurons. Modeling studies 
will be performed using the NEURON simulation environment in order to 
build a network of detailed compartmental models of neurons, where 
synapses capable of exhibiting plasticity properties like the ones 
recorded in the physiological experiments will be incorporated. Models 
will be used to generate predictions about how specific stimuli 
delivered either to randomly selected neurons in a distributed manner 
throughout the model system or to nearby neurons in a specific location 
(clustered) of the model system could alter the electrical and/or 
structural properties of the network.

*The methodologies to be used in this project include 
**electrophysiological recordings and computational modelling, 
**therefore****the fellow should have**previous training in both 
(ideally) or either of these techniques. **Training in electrophysiology 
can also be offered as part of NAMASEN.***

According to the eligibility criteria, the fellow *MUST NOT*

1.be a Greek citizen,

2.have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, 
etc.) in Greece for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.

3.have worked in a research position / received research training*for 
more than 5 years of his/her Master's degree (*this can be relaxed).


*Start date: Immediately


Candidates that match the required profile will be continuously 
interviewed until the position is filled. Candidates should send a 
*resume and two (2) reference letters* to poirazi[at]imbb.forth.gr. If 
possible, recommendations should be send by the referees directly by 
email at *poirazi[at]imbb.forth.gr*.


Panayiota Poirazi, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Computational Biology Laboratory
Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB)
Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH)
Vassilika Vouton
P.O.Box 1385
GR 711 10 Heraklion, Crete

Tel: +30 2810 391139
Fax: +30 2810 391101
?mail: poirazi at imbb.forth.gr
URL: http://www.imbb.forth.gr/personal_page/poirazi.html

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