[Comp-neuro] Programmer position at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.
btorbennielsen at gmail.com
Tue Mar 31 05:11:55 CEST 2015
The computational neuroscience unit (De Schutter unit) at the Okinawa
Institute of Science and Technology has an opening for a programmer /
technician on a neuroinformatics project. Initial duration is one year
with an option to extend.
Neuronal morphologies are usually studied in isolation. However, this is
in contrast to reality were neurons develop in a dense substrate and
actively interact with each other and their environment. Therefore, our
group recently developed a computational framework -NeuroMaC- to study
how interactions between developing neurons themselves and the
environment shape dendrite and axon morphologies.
A fully functional prototype of NeuroMaC was implemented in Python.
NeuroMaC is designed as a parallel software and implemented using the
ZeroMQ messaging library for concurrency. More information about the
design and future roadmap of NeuroMac can be found here:
We seek for a programmer / technician to implement a new version of
NeuroMaC using state-of-the-art parallel environments to improve on
scalability, execution speed and flexibility. The candidate will be
working in the lab headed by Prof. Erik De Schutter and under daily
supervision of Dr. Ben Torben-Nielsen. The candidate will help in the
final design of the framework and has to be flexible in incorporating
additional features as research continues and new requirements are
The ideal candidate has extensive experience with parallel programming.
We are particularly looking for candidates with experience of (dynamic)
load-balancing. Experience with meshing software is a great plus and
previous experience with neuroscience is appreciated (but not necessary).
- Extensive experience in developing in Linux environments
- Extensive experience in parallel programming (MPI, ZMQ)
- Excellent communication skills in English and communication with
- M.Sc. in computer science / physics / computational neuroscience or
- Familiarity with meshing software (TetGen, gmsh, Cubit, VTK)
- Experience in an academic environment
- Interest in neuroscience
Benefits / Offer:
A competitive salary and relocation package are offered. This an ideal
position to gain experience in a prominent computational neuroscience
lab. Academic contributions by technicians are honoured by authorship on
Please contact Prof. Erik De Schutter (erik at oist.jp) or Dr. Ben
Torben-Nielsen (b.torbennielsen at gmail.com) for inquiries.
About the workplace:
The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
(OIST) will become a model for change in education and research with the
best international graduate students, working side by side with
world-class faculty in modern well-equipped laboratories. Beautifully
situated on the island of Okinawa, OIST relies on a cross-disciplinary
approach, with an emphasis on creativity and exchange, to offer unique,
individualized graduate training. OIST is a university with no
departments, eliminating artificial barriers between people working in
different fields, but many nationalities, with students and faculty
being attracted from all over the world. Concentrating initially on
Neuroscience, Molecular Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Environmental
and Ecological Sciences and Physical Sciences, OIST is bringing some of
the best brains in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science and
education is done in the global academic world.
Dr. Ben Torben-Nielsen
Computational Neuroscience Unit
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
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