[Comp-neuro] Open Position: Research Fellow in Biomedical Engineering (Neuronal Network Modeling and Measurement Signal Analysis)

Jarno M. A. Tanskanen jarno.m.tanskanen at tut.fi
Mon Sep 24 12:00:58 CEST 2012

  *About the Employer*

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) in Finland is an active 
scientific community of 2,000 employees and more than 10,000 students. 
The University operates in the form of a foundation and has a 
long-standing tradition of collaboration with other research 
institutions and business life. Many of the fields of research and study 
represented at the University play a key role in addressing global 
challenges. Internationality is an inherent part of all the University's 
activities. Welcome to join us at TUT!

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is a multidisciplinary 
unit employing novel applications of materials science, electrical 
engineering and information technology for the benefit of healthcare. 
Our aim is to develop advanced treatments and diagnostics for the needs 
of different types of healthcare providers. The department employs seven 
professors and a staff of roughly 60 people.

BME coordinates a European Union 7th Framework Programme project 
"Biomimicking the Brain -- towards 3D Neuronal Network Dynamics 
(3DNeuroN)". In the project, 3D neuronal cell networks and a 
corresponding electrophysiological measurement and stimulation system 
will be created. The project is an international collaborative effort 
with Institute of Biomedical Technology (IBT), University of Tampere, 
and groups from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, 
Switzerland, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Germany, and Ilmenau University of 
Technology, Germany.

BME and IBT are part of BioMediTech, Tampere, Finland. BioMediTech, a 
joint institute of TUT and UTA, brings together a powerful mix of 
multidisciplinary expertise in life sciences and medical technology. 
Over 250 scientists conduct research and education in the fields of cell 
and molecular biology, genetics, biomaterials, biosensors, computational 
systems, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, and regenerative medicine.

This environment provides huge opportunities for an active 
multidisciplinary researcher.

*Job description*

The selected person will conduct research on modeling the functionality 
of neuronal cells and networks, and analysis of electrophysiological 
measurement data. The work may also include planning and conducting 
associated electrophysiological measurements and other 3DNeuroN tasks of 
BME. The aim of the work is to yield new knowledge on neuronal network 
formation and functioning. Thus, the work also contributes towards stem 
cell based cures for central nervous system disorders and other stem 
cell based applications. High quality publishing is of foremost priority 
in this job and project, without forgetting commercial potential.

Part of the post is allocated to teaching and thesis work instruction. 
Topics will be determined according to the selected person.


BME is looking for superior candidates with experience and dedication to 
pursue leading-edge research in modeling neuronal cells and networks 
mainly as information processing systems, and in analysis of 
electrophysiological data. Experience of electrophysiological 
measurements and Matlab is highly desirable. Experience in image 
processing is an advantage. Willingness to work full time and in person 
at BME is also desirable.

The successful candidate for the position of research fellow 
(tutkijatohtori) shall be expected to possess an applicable Doctoral 
degree and the competence to conduct independent scientific work as well 
as teaching skills required for the position. When a candidate's 
qualifications for the position are evaluated, previous experience in 
studying or working abroad and connections to international research 
shall be appreciated.

The applicant shall be expected to excel in English and be able to 
demonstrate a successful publication record.

*We offer*

BME and BioMediTech, along with our collaborators, offer a unique, 
multidisciplinary and enthusiastic research environment, in which 
engineering sciences and cell biological knowledge and know-how unite. 
BME has a fully equipped state of the art electrophysiology laboratory 
jointly with IBT. The laboratory facilitates concurrent microelectrode 
array and patch clamp measurements and phase contrast or fluorescent 
microscopy, e.g., calcium imaging, of human embryonic stem cell derived 
neuronal cells and networks. The electrophysiology laboratory is in the 
immediate vicinity of BME. Should the work call for supercomputing, 
appropriate resources of Tampere Center for Scientific Computing, and 
CSC --- IT Center for Science Ltd, which provides the most powerful 
supercomputing environment in Finland, can be utilized. These combined 
with the leading-edge expertise of the 3DNeuroN partners provide 
opportunities for personal development and scientific breakthroughs.


The salary will be based on both the job demands and the employee's 
personal performance in accordance with the University Salary System. 
According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the 
position of a Research Fellow is placed on the job demand levels 5-6. In 
addition, employees receive performance based salary. The starting 
salary will be determined based on the qualifications of the selected 
candidate as well as the level of duties agreed upon in final 
negotiations. The level of the starting salary is expected to be 
approximately from 3235 euros per month to 3573 euros per month. During 
the entire project the salary may range up to 4100 euros per month 
depending on performance. Annual performance evaluations will be 
conducted according to the TUT evaluation procedures for all research staff.

*Trial period*

Trial period of four (4) months applies.


The position will be filled for a fixed term period from 15 October 2012 
to 31 October 2013, with a potential extension until 31 December 2014. 
Towards the end of the project, the Research Fellow is expected to 
actively participate in attracting funding to continue the work.

TUT reserves the right, for a justified reason, to leave the position 
open, or to extend the application period.

*Application deadline: October 7, 2012*

*For more information, please contact*

Project Coordinator Professor Jari Hyttinen
tel. +358 40 8490 020
e-mail jari.hyttinen at tut.fi

Project Manager Dr. Jarno M. A. Tanskanen
tel. +358 40 849 0974
e-mail jarno.m.tanskanen at tut.fi

See also http://www.3dneuron.eu/, http://www.tut.fi/bme/ and 

*Please, go to http://www.tut.fi/openpositions for the official 
announcement, how to apply, and the online application form.*

Dr. Jarno M. A. Tanskanen
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tampere University of Technology
Finn-Medi 1 L 4, Biokatu 6, FI-33520 Tampere, Finland
Tel. +358 (0)40 849 0974
E-mail: jarno.m.tanskanen at tut.fi, tanskanen at ieee.org
URL: http://www.tut.fi/~tanska23/

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