[Comp-neuro] Multiple ERC-funded PhD and postdoc potions in Brain Modelling in Crete (Poirazi lab)

Yiota Poirazi poirazi at imbb.forth.gr
Fri Jul 27 18:06:11 CEST 2012


3 PhD and 3 Postdoctoral positions funded by the*ERC Starting Grant 
dEMORY *are available as of*October 1^st 2012* at IMBB-FORTH 
<http://www.imbb.forth.gr>in Crete, in the lab of Dr. *Panayiota 
Poirazi*. **

*PhD positions: *

·Available for 4 years each, funded by a full research scholarship. **

·*Requirements:*Bachelor + Master's degree in a Neuroscience related 
field (Neuroscience, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, 
Engineering, Medicine) **

*Postdoctoral positions: *

·Available for 2+2 years, with a salary of 2,000-3,000 EUR/month (net).

·*Requirements: *Expertise in computational neuroscience, preferably in 
compartmental modeling and neural/dendritic computations.

*THE PROJECT: Dissecting the Role of Dendrites in Memory*

The goal of this work is to characterize the role of dendrites in 
learning and memory processes so as to formulate a unifying theory 
regarding their contribution in memory formation across brain regions 
and abstraction levels. This will be achieved via the development of 
computational models that start at the single cell level and expand to 
the microcircuit and the network level, while varying in their degree of 
biophysical detail. Models will express a distinct memory function, 
specific to the region they belong to: the hippocampus the prefrontal 
cortex or the amygdala. By manipulating the biophysical, anatomical and 
plasticity properties of dendrites and tracking the effect on memory, 
the project aims to infer the key rules by which these thin structures 
shape mnemonic processes. These rules will then form the basis for 
deducing theoretical abstractions of trainable neurons with dendrites.In 
conclusion, this research activity aims to cause a paradigm shift in the 
way we currently understand learning and memory processes, whereby the 
dendrites, as opposed to the single neuron, are the key players.

For a slide presentation of the project, please see: 


The Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas 
<http://www.forth.gr>(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. It should be 
noted that since the establishment of the ERC grant scheme in 2007, a 
total of 28 scientists working in Greek Institutions have been awarded 
with such prestigious grants and 6 of them are located in Institutes of 

The Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 
<http://www.imbb.forth.gr>(IMBB) at FORTH 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 Computational Biology Laboratory 
<http://www.imbb.forth.gr/people/poirazi/>at IMBB-FORTH performs 
research that is at the forefront of Computational Neuroscience. 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.**



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


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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