[Comp-neuro] Job offer
sgruhn at uni-koeln.de
Thu Nov 27 16:44:27 CET 2014
could you please post the following Job offer for us?
"The Heisenberg Research Group of Computational Biology at the
University of Cologne in Cologne, Germany announces a Research
Position (100%, EG TV-L 13) in computational neuroscience for the
duration of up to three years. The position is available in the
externally funded project "Central pattern generators and reflexive
feedback in insect locomotion: a cross-species study".
Animal locomotion begins in the central nervous system and results in
quantifiable mechanical activity; it therefore provides an excellent
entry point into the neural computations that create intentional
behaviors that respond to environmental conditions. Locomotion
originates in central pattern generators: neural networks in the
spinal cord of vertebrates and thoracic ganglia of insects which
produce rhythmic movements. Some preparations (e.g. lamprey, crayfish)
can generate stable, near-periodic rhythms in isolation, others
require sensory feedback either to produce functional gaits or for the
stabilization of the rhythms.
Cockroaches and stick insects exemplify these two extremes. They share
the same basic neural and biomechanical architecture, but the former
run rapidly over rough ground, while the latter are adapted for slow
walking on twigs and leaves with varying orientations with regard to
gravity. Using existing information and collecting new data, this
project will compare these species and address questions as described
in the work plan. The development of integrated mathematical and
computational models is central to answering such questions. New data
will improve existing models, and new models will be created to span
the morphological and behavioral ranges from stick insects to
cockroaches, allowing us to illuminate their adaptive strategies to
different environments. The objective of our research project is to
deepen our understanding of the generation and control of locomotion.
This collaborative project is performed jointly by the groups of Drs.
Silvia Gruhn (Dept. of Animal Physiology, University of Cologne,
Cologne, Germany) and Phil Holmes (Dept. of Mathematics, Princeton
University, Princeton, NJ, USA).
Applicants must have a Master's degree or a Diploma in Applied
Mathematics, Physics, or a related discipline and have excellent C++
programming skills. Previous experience in computational neuronal
modeling is an advantage.
The possibility to be enrolled into a PhD program will be provided if desired.
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Silvia Gruhn
(sgruhn at uni-koeln.de) by email. To apply, please send an email along
with (1) curriculum vitae; (2) a cover letter describing previous
research experience and interests; (3) the names and contact
information of two referees."
Thank you very much!
With kind regards,
PD Dr. Silvia Gruhn
DFG-Heisenberg Programm - Leiterin der Arbeitsgruppe 'Computational Biology'
Zoologisches Institut, Abt. Tierphysiologie
Universität zu Köln
Biowissenschaftliches Zentrum, Zi. 1.104
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