[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral position in Computational Neuroscience at IIT (Italy)

Stefano Panzeri stefano.panzeri at gmail.com
Tue Jul 5 16:17:26 CEST 2016

(apologies for cross posting)

We are seeking candidates for a postdoctoral position in computational
neuroscience in the Neural Computation Laboratory at the IIT
https://www.iit.it/research/lines/neural-computation directed by Stefano
Panzeri and located in Rovereto (Trento), Italy. This laboratory aims to
crack the neural code using neural network modeling and computational
analyses of neurophysiological experiments.

The laboratory offers a range of strongly interdisciplinary expertise in
computational neuroscience, including information theory and other types of
advanced single-trial neural analyses, advanced spectral analysis, and
biophysically plausible neural network modeling.

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 would have the opportunity to benefit from an
extensive set of existing collaborations with leading neurophysiological
laboratories, including those of Nikos Logothetis at Max Planck Tubingen
(collaborating on oscillations, sensory information coding and
neuromodulation), Tommaso Fellin at IIT (collaborating on Optogenetics,
Neurophysiology and Neural coding), Mathew Diamond at SISSA (collaborating
on the behavioral impact of information carried by spike timing), and
Christopher Harvey at Harvard Medical School (collaborating on neural
population dynamics and decision making).

We are willing to consider candidates interested in any of the aspects of
neural coding of interest to the laboratory. Candidates must hold a PhD in
a numerate scientific discipline. They must be highly motivated and
creative individuals who want to work in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary
research environment and be willing to interact with both experimental and
theoretical neuroscientists.

For reference to recent work of the lab please see

Safaai, H., et al (2015) Modelling the effect of Locus Coeruleous firing on
single trial cortical state dynamics and sensory processing. Proc. Natl.
Acad. Sci. USA 112(41): 12834–12839

Zuo Y, et al (2015) Spike timing and spike rate make complementary
contributions to perceptual decisions in rat S1 and S2 cortex. Current
Biology 25: 357-363

Besserve M, Lowe S, Logothetis NK, Scholkopf B, Panzeri S (2015) Shifts of
gamma phase across primary visual cortical sites reflect dynamic stimulus-
modulated information transfer. PLoS Biology  13(9): e1002257.

Panzeri, S, et al (2015) Neural population coding: combining insights from
microscopic and mass signals, Trends in Cognitive Sciences 19: 162-172.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Stefano Panzeri (
stefano.panzeri at iit.it
emailing their CV, a brief statement of research interests, and names and
email addresses of 2 or 3 referees.
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