[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral position at MIT/Janelia Farm

Sam Gershman sjgershm at mit.edu
Mon Jun 30 01:46:03 CEST 2014

The labs of Alla Karpova (HHMI/Janelia Farm), Josh Tenenbaum (MIT) and Sam
Gershman (MIT/Harvard) are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work on a
collaborative project studying neural implementation of internal models of
the environment in rat medial prefrontal cortex. The goal is to understand
the role of prefrontal cortex in inferring the general structure of tasks
in hierarchically structured, dynamically changing environments, and the
process by which this inference is used to optimize behavior. The fellow
will be closely involved in the design of experiments and data analysis,
including the development of new behavioral and neural analysis techniques.
This position will give the successful candidate an opportunity to develop
broad expertise in computational neuroscience, ranging from models of
probabilistic inference at behavioral level to decoding
behaviorally-relevant parameters from circuit dynamics.

The fellow will be based at MIT, but will also spend time at Janelia Farm.
Funding is available for 3 years, beginning immediately. We are looking for
candidates with a strong mathematical and computational background, ideally
with experience in both theoretical neuroscience and probabilistic
modeling. Candidates with experimental training in neurophysiology who are
interested in developing their computational skills are also encouraged to

For more information, please contact Sam Gershman (sjgershm at mit.edu), along
with a CV and brief cover letter.
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