[Comp-neuro] Subject: Postdoctoral position in computational neuroscience

Szabolcs Káli kali at koki.hu
Fri Jul 15 15:25:05 CEST 2016

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in the Laboratory of Cerebral Cortex Research at the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The institute, located in the center of Budapest, is dedicated to biomedical research in the field of neuroscience, hosts a variety of world-class research groups, and was awarded the title “Centre of Excellence” by the European Commission. The laboratory, led by Prof. Tamás Freund, employs a multidisciplinary approach to investigate the generation of normal and pathological patterns of network activity in the hippocampus, the roles of subcortical inputs in cortical information processing, and the molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission. 

The successful candidate will work with Dr. Szabolcs Káli on developing detailed biophysical models of hippocampal neurons and circuits in the context of a large-scale initiative for collaborative work in computational neuroscience. The aim of the project is (1) to further the understanding of the dynamics and computational capabilities of cortical cells and networks, and (2) to create a generic framework and corresponding tools for the reproducible, collaborative development, simulation, and validation of data-driven neural models. 

The successful applicant is expected to contribute to both aspects of the project, developing morphologically and biophysically detailed models of different types of hippocampal neurons, and constructing anatomically and physiologically faithful models of hippocampal circuits. The work will take advantage of the neuroinformatics, brain simulation, and high-performance computing infrastructure developed by the European Human Brain Project, and the holder of this post is expected to make significant contributions to testing an integrative platform for model development, representation, optimization, and validation. He/she will work closely with experimentalists within the group who provide anatomical and physiological data, and is expected to coordinate model and tool development with collaborators at leading European institutions. The job also offers ample opportunities to develop and maintain contacts with members of the wider (experimental and modeling) community. 

We are looking for an individual holding a PhD in computational neuroscience (or related discipline), with a keen interest in applying theoretical and simulation tools to understanding neural information processing. The position requires an ability to work independently, but also as a member of a large international research team. The applicant should be able to communicate effectively in English, both in speech and in writing. We also expect the successful candidate to have experience in at least some of the following areas: 

- developing cellular or network models using neural simulation software (such as Neuron) 

- analysis of anatomical and/or electrophysiological data sets 

- programming (in Python, MATLAB, etc.) and collaborative software development 

- advanced parameter optimization methods (such as evolutionary algorithms) 

The position is available from September 1, 2016 (the exact starting date is flexible) until March 31, 2018 in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal. The salary is according to local scales for postdoctoral positions in EU-funded projects, and depends on relevant experience. Review of applications will start on August 10, but applications are accepted until the position is filled. Applications should contain a CV, a brief letter of interest, and two references, and should be sent to Szabolcs Káli (kali at koki.hu). Informal inquiries about the post are also welcome. 


Szabolcs Káli 

Laboratory of Cerebral Cortex Research 
Institute of Experimental Medicine 
Hungarian Academy of Sciences 

H-1083 Budapest Szigony utca 43. 
Phone: +36-1-2109413 
Fax: +36-1-2109412 
E-mail: kali.szabolcs at koki.mta.hu 
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