[Comp-neuro] PhD position in computational neuroscience. 'Identification of Metastable Cortical Dynamics Underlying Cognitive Decisions'. Bournemouth University-IDIBAPS

Emili Balaguer-Ballester eb-ballester at bournemouth.ac.uk
Thu Oct 8 10:31:13 CEST 2015


PhD position in computational neuroscience. 'Identification of Metastable Cortical Dynamics Underlying Cognitive Decisions'.  Bournemouth University-IDIBAPS.

A PhD position is available in 3-years fully-funded project "Identification of Metastable Cortical Dynamics Underlying Cognitive Decisions"; based at Bournemouth University (UK) and at the Biomedical Research Institute August Pi I Sunyer (IDIBAPS, http://www.idibaps.org/en_index.htm, University of Barcelona, Spain).

Do we have analysis tools for a reliable identification of the dynamical processes underlying decision-making? This is a fundamental question, touching the very basics of our understanding of neural computation and hence one of the most exciting topics in neuroscience. However, to reconstruct in detail neural dynamics generating cognitive decisions is a major challenge for current methodologies. This would be a highly significant advance; for instance the identification of stable dynamical patterns of activity in hippocampus deserved to win the last Nobel Prize.

The aim of the project is to develop innovative approaches designed for the identification of metastable dynamics underlying cognitive decisions. We aim for the fusion of statistical learning approaches to pattern discovery with methods for identifying neural attractor dynamics and neurocomputational modelling. The novel approach will reconstruct neural dynamics during tasks specifically designed at Sanchez-Vives Lab in rodents and in human subjects at the Bournemouth EEG lab.

The training possibilities that this interdisciplinary project offers are multiple and relevant in building-up a high-profile as a neuroscientist. The student will benefit from the vibrant scientific environment of neural computation and neurosciences at BU and at the cortical networks lab; embedded in the renowned systems neuroscience network in Barcelona.

Applicants holding a degree in Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or similar disciplines are welcome. Interest or previous training in neuroscience and machine learning, as well master qualifications in these subjects, laboratory experience and a strong mathematical background would be very welcome.

The researcher would be based at the Faculty of Science, Bournemouth University, and work with Dr Balaguer-Ballester at the Computational Neuroscience laboratory (http://dec.bournemouth.ac.uk/staff/ebb) and would spend prolonged periods of time in the Cortical Networks Lab (http://www.sanchez-vives.org/  IDIBAPS, Barcelona) led by Prof. Maria Victoria Sanchez-Vives; providing an outstanding opportunity to gain a diverse experience of both neuro-computational and experimental approaches.

For more information and for applying please visit https://research.bournemouth.ac.uk/pgr/funded-phd-studentships-in-the-faculty-of-science-and-technology-2015/

For further details please do not hesitate to contact me: eb-ballester at bournemouth.ac.uk; twitter: @emilibalball .
Kind regards
Emili

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