[Comp-neuro] fully funded PhD position in Information theoretic studies of neural population coding at IIT (Italy)

Stefano Panzeri stefano.panzeri at gmail.com
Tue Apr 19 17:47:09 CEST 2016

We are seeking candidates for a PhD position at the Italian Institute of
Technology’s Neural Coding Laboratory (
https://www.iit.it/lines/neural-computation ) directed by Stefano Panzeri
and located in Rovereto (Trento), Italy. IIT collaborates with Università
degli studi di Trento and finances these positions at the PhD course in
Cognitive and Brain Sciences.

Interested candidates are invited to informally approach *as soon as
possible* Prof. Stefano Panzeri (stefano.panzeri at iit.it) by emailing their
CV and briefly explaining their interest in this position. In order to
formally apply to the PhD Position, candidates will then need to refer to
the call published by Università degli Studi di Trento and available at the
following link:

*Deadline for formal application is 10 may 2016*

Topic description: Understanding how populations of neurons encode and
transmit information is a prerequisite for understanding brain functions
such as perception. Progresses in neural recordings technology enable
scientists to monitor the activity of larger and larger number of neurons,
but it is still unclear how to analyze these data to understand how groups
of neurons work together. The successful candidate will develop and use
tools for the analysis of large-scale simultaneous recordings of the
spiking activity of cells in the cortex to understand how populations of
neurons carry information.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to both develop new
advanced methods and to analyze experimental data in collaboration with
many experimental neuroscience laboratories. The applicant should have a
strong background in numerate sciences, and have a strong propensity for
interdisciplinary research. No extensive previous experience in
neuroscience is needed. However, a keen interest in understanding the brain
is essential.
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