[Comp-neuro] Postdoc Position in Large-scale Brain Modeling

Chris Eliasmith celiasmith at uwaterloo.ca
Wed Dec 3 17:12:58 CET 2014

Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, University of Waterloo

We are recruiting for a theoretical neuroscientist interested in 
building large-scale functional brain models.  The successful candidate 
will become an integral part of the team that has built the world's 
largest functional brain model, Spaun. This work was published in 
Science, and received coverage around the world on CNN, BBC, CBC, and 
hundreds of other outlets. We are building the next generation of 
computational platforms to run such models. This position will focus on 
using  supercomputers (e.g., IBM BlueGene) to run models written in the 
Nengo environment (http://nengo.ca).  Nengo is a general neural 
simulation environment that, in addition to Spaun, has been used to 
simulate adaptive arm controllers, state-of-the-art vision systems, 
natural language processors, reinforcement learners, and novel robotic 
controllers among many other projects.  Postdocs will be encouraged to 
pursue their research program with these state-of-the-art tools.

Qualifications: PhD in theoretical neuroscience or related field; 
experience with MPI, BlueGene, or other HPC environments desirable; 
python experience an asset.

Start date: As soon as a suitable candidate is found

Submit: CV, statement of research interests, three references

Duration: 1 year renewable for a 2nd year

Lab: CNRG http://compneuro.uwaterloo.ca/

Contact: celiasmith at uwaterloo.ca (Chris Eliasmith)

Funding for the position will be provided by TalentEdge 
and a corporate sponsor.

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