[Comp-neuro] PostDoc / PhD position: “Algorithms of the Neocortex” in Frankfurt / Göttingen

Viola Priesemann viola at nld.ds.mpg.de
Wed Aug 3 20:08:58 CEST 2016


*Post Doc / PhD position: “Algorithms of the Neocortex” in Frankfurt / 
Göttingen* **

The group for neural information dynamics at the lab of Prof. Michael 
Wibral (Goethe University, Frankfurt, and Guest scientist at the MPI for 
Dynamics and Self-Organisation, Göttingen) invites applications for a 
Post Doc / PhD position in a project on “generic information processing 
algorithms of the neocortex” for an initial duration of 3 years (PhD), 
or 2 years (Post Doc) with the possibility of an extension.

The goal of the project is to understand from an information theoretic 
perspective how and why the three elementary operations on information – 
active storage, transfer and modification – are assigned to the layers 
and cell types of six-layered cortex. The project will tackle this 
question via information theoretic analyses of massively parallel 
electrophysiological recordings from primates and intracellular 
recordings of pyramidal cells. These insights will inform simulations of 
neural networks with information theoretic goal functions.

The project is a collaborative effort with several partners: The Max 
Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation (MPIDS) in Göttingen 
is known for its achievements in theoretical and computational 
neuroscience; the Universities of Glasgow and Stirling are the source of 
important developments in the information theoretic understanding of 
neural systems; the University of Sydney is leading in the development 
of measures for local information dynamics.

The ideal candidate should have strong mathematical and programming 
skills and a Master's degree or a PhD in theoretical/computational 
neuroscience, physics, computer science, cognitive science, or 
engineering. Previous experience in information theory and neural 
simulators (e.g. NEST) are a plus but not required.

The group of Michael Wibral has been focused on information theoretic 
analyses of neural networks for many years and is the home of the 
TRENTOOL and IDTxl toolboxes. Both, Frankfurt and Göttingen offer 
exceptional scientific communities with leading neuroscience groups at 
Max Planck Institutes and Universities. At both cities, applicants at 
the Post Doc level will have the opportunity to teach in English in 
international Master programs in neuroscience.

The Goethe university is an equal opportunities employer committed to 
increasing the share of women in science. Applicants should send their 
application, including a CV, all marks from their studies, 2 letters of 
reference, and a research statement to _wibral at em.uni-frankfurt.de 
<mailto:wibral at em.uni-frankfurt.de>_ . Applications will be accepted 
until Sept. 30th, 2016 or until the position is filled. Starting dates 
are flexible but preferably before Jan. 1^st , 2017.

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