[Comp-neuro] postdocotral fellowship: empirical testing of integrated information theory with neural recordings

Naotsugu Tsuchiya naotsu at gmail.com
Mon Apr 25 18:26:34 CEST 2016


Advertisement:  Postdoctoral position at Monash University, Australia.

A postdoctoral position is available to work on a JST (Japan Science and
Technology) funded CREST research project on “Towards constructing
artificial consciousness based on the integrated information theory (IIT)”
(PIs: Kanai, Kawanabe and Maekawa, Co-PIs: Tsuchiya and Oizumi), which
started in Oct 2015 and will run for 5.5 years till Mar 2021. The initial
appointment will be for one year, with renewal based upon satisfactory
performance and evaluation. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow whose main research interest is
the neuronal basis of consciousness, the analysis of multi-channel neural
data and the integrated information theory (IIT) of consciousness, in order
to empirically test predictions from IIT in real neural systems

For those who are interested, please check out the following key papers for
the project.

1. Measuring integrated information from the decoding perspective
http://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004654
2. A unified framework for information integration based on information
geometry
http://arxiv.org/abs/1510.04455
3. Contents of Consciousness Investigated as Integrated Information in
Direct Human Brain Recordings
http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2016/02/15/039032


You will be employed at Araya Brain Imaging (CEO: Kanai) in Japan, but the
actual location of work will be conducted at A/Prof NaotsuguTsuchiya's lab
in Monash University, Australia. There will be some travels between Japan
and Australia at least twice a year to maximise interactions within the
team in Japan.

Required skills: excellent programming, familiarity in key mathematical
concepts especially machine learning and information theory. Excellence in
written and oral English communication skills, as supported by objective
publication recorded, will be essential.

Monash University, one of the eight top universities in Australia (G8), is
forming a strong cluster of consciousness researchers, called Monash
Neuroscience of Consciousness (MoNoC
http://ochinpun.wix.com/monoc#!who_we_are/c139r) ranging from philosophers,
neurophysiologists, and psychologists. We are located in the building with
excellent cognitive neuroscience tools available (simultaneous EEG & fMRI
experiments and EEG/TMS & fMRI experiments at Monash Brain Imaging
facility, which hosts a research-only MRI scanner, EEG, TMS and eye
tracking.  http://mbi.monash.edu.au/)

Interested candidates are encouraged to send a CV, statement of research
accomplishments and interests, PDF copies of representative publications,
and contact information for 2 reference letters to:
naotsugu.tsuchiya at monash.edu

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the positions
are filled.

Best wishes,

Nao Tsuchiya

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*Nao (Naotsugu) Tsuchiya*
Associate Professor

*Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences*
Attention and Memory Program
School of Psychological Sciences
Monash University
770 Blackburn
Monash Brain Imaging facility, Clayton, VIC 3800
Australia

T: +61 3 9905 4564
E: naotsugu.tsuchiya at monash.edu
W: homepage:  http://users.monash.edu.au/~naotsugt/Tsuchiya_Labs_Homepage


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2. ARC Future Fellow
3. Visiting Researcher at Department of Dynamic Brain Imaging,

Advanced Telecommunications Research (ATR), Japan
4. Visiting Researcher at CiNet, Osaka University, Japan
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