[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral position in theoretical neuroscience - machine learning (RIKEN-BSI Japan)

Andrea Benucci andrea at benuccilab.net
Wed Oct 19 11:19:59 CEST 2016

RIKEN Brain Science Institute - Japan
Laboratory for Neural Circuits and Behavior
(Laboratory Head: Andrea Benucci)

Research field
Our laboratory studies the neural basis of sensory processing and
decision-making in mice trained in behavioral tasks. We do so using a
combination of computational and experimental approaches
(electrophysiology, fluorescence imaging, and optogenetics).

Job title and description: Postdoctoral positions
The project will focus on using theoretical approaches based on
machine learning (specifically on RNN) to capture key computational
aspects of cortical processing in large neuronal populations. This
work will be done in close collaboration with experimentalists to
jointly design new experimental paradigms based on the theoretical

We seek exceptional candidates with a strong computational background,
especially in the field of recurrent neural network simulations.
Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g.,
Computational Neuroscience, Computer Science, Math, Physics).
Proficiency in programming (e.g., MATLAB, C++) is necessary. The ideal
candidate will be interested in engaging in experimental work as well.

Work location
The Neural Circuits and Behavior Team is located at RIKEN Brain
Science Institute, Wako, Saitama, Japan. The institute is about 15 min
away from the main Tokyo metropolitan area by train.

Salary and benefits
This is a funded position but applicants are strongly encouraged to
apply for external funds.
The employment contract is renewable on a yearly basis based on
performance evaluation up to seven years from the start date. Salary
will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Social
insurance will be applied. Free, mandatory membership in the RIKEN
Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai) will be provided. These and
other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations. RIKEN is
promoting a Gender Equity Program by taking various measures to create
a workplace where both men and women are able to give full rein to
their talents and abilities.

Application and required documents
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Candidates should provide (1) cover letter, (2) CV and bibliography,
(3) the names and contact information of three references (including
the current supervisor, if available) with a brief description of your
relationship to each reference.
Send application to: andrea at benuccilab.net

Selection process
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Shortlisted
candidates will be invited to RIKEN-BSI for an in-person interview.


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