[Comp-neuro] Postdoc position in Computational Neuroscience *** Florence, Italy

Thomas Kreuz thomaskreuz at yahoo.de
Mon Jan 27 17:04:28 CET 2014

Fully funded Postdoc
position (Experienced Researcher) in Computational Neuroscience
New approaches for
the analysis of neuronal spike trains

within the Marie
Curie Initial Training Network - ‘Neural
Engineering Transformative Technologies’ (NETT) at the Institute for
Complex Systems (ISC), CNR, Florence, Italy.
Gross Salary per year:  64,701 € (Living Allowance) plus 9,290 -
13,272 € (Mobility Allowance) depending on the family situation 
Required title:  PhD in Physics, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or Computational
Applications:  There
will be some specific application procedure which we will announce as soon as
Closing date for the position:  May 15, 2014
Applications are invited for the
above post to work with Dr.
Thomas Kreuz [http://www.fi.isc.cnr.it/users/thomas.kreuz/] and Dr. Alessandro
Torcini [http://www.fi.isc.cnr.it/users/alessandro.torcini/] in the Computational Neuroscience group [http://neuro.fi.isc.cnr.it/]
at ISC, Florence. This world leading group combines theoretical investigations
(e.g., on non-trivial collective phenomena in neuronal populations) with
practical applications (such as spike train analysis). The group is one of the
main participants in the Center for the Study of Complex Dynamics (CSDC)
created with the purpose of coordinating interdisciplinary training and
research activities. CSDC researchers include physicists, control engineers,
mathematicians, biologists and psychologists.
This full-time post will begin on
the 1st of September 2014 (at the latest, no possibility of further
delay) and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 24 months.
The activity will include a six-month stay with NETT partner Prof. Bert Kappen [http://www.snn.ru.nl/~bertk/]
at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands.
The Florence part of the project
will mainly consist of two parts: Development of new approaches for
(multivariate) data analysis and analysis of electrophysiological data (in
particular neuronal spike trains). During the six-month stay in the Netherlands
the project will be devoted to the applicability of methods derived from latent
state models, sequential Monte Carlo sampling, and path integral control to
analyze neural time-series data, such as spike trains.
The candidate should have a
strong background in at least one of the following fields: computational
neuroscience, data analysis, and nonlinear dynamics as well as solid experience
in scientific programming (e.g. in Matlab, C, Python, Fortran).
Candidates must be in the first 5
years of their research careers (starting from the date of  the MSc title)  and already be in possession of a doctoral
degree in physics, engineering, applied mathematics, or computational
neuroscience. As part of our commitment to promoting diversity we encourage
applications from women. To comply with the Marie Curie Actions rule for
mobility applicants must not have resided, worked or studied in Italy for more
than 12 months in the 3 years prior to May 2014.
At a later stage a formal application will be required.
Guidelines will be given as soon as possible on this
webpage [http://neuro.fi.isc.cnr.it/index.php?page=marie-curie-itn-postdoc].
As of now informal inquiries should be addressed to Dr.
Thomas Kreuz (thomas.kreuz at cnr.it)
and/or Dr. Alessandro Torcini (alessandro.torcini at cnr.it).

Thomas Kreuz

Institute for complex systems, CNR
Via Madonna del Piano 10
50119 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy)
Tel: +39-349-0748506
Email: thomas.kreuz at cnr.it
Webpage: http://www.fi.isc.cnr.it/users/thomas.kreuz/
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