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