[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computational Neuroscience (one year post), Plymouth University, UK

Roman Borisyuk R.Borisyuk at plymouth.ac.uk
Thu Sep 8 17:20:10 CEST 2016

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computational Neuroscience (one year post)
Plymouth University, UK
Postdoctoral Research Fellow will study the sensory modality integration leading to initiation of locomotion in the hatchling Xenopus tadpole. This is the collaborative project with neurobiologists from Bristol and St. Andrews Universities. We investigate: how different modalities of sensory input converge on the key neuron population; how sensory integration determines the "decision" to swim; and how the tadpole selects and correctly implements the way swimming starts.
Research Fellow in Plymouth is responsible for developing new mathematical and computational models of three types: 1) anatomical modelling of neural structures; 2) functional neural network models of conductance-based neurons; 3) modelling decision making in response to sensory stimulation. All models will be grounded to available experimental evidence and will be developed in a strong collaboration with neurobiologists. Therefore, experience in neuroscience data processing and statistical analysis is important.
We seek exceptional candidates who must either already have a PhD in computational neuroscience (or relevant area of research) or to be near the completion of PhD studies. The candidate must have a track record of related publications. Excellent skills in programming are essential. In particular, a significant experience with C++, Python, NEURON and MATLAB is required at initial stage to work with our previously developed software. Additionally, the candidate should be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of mathematical disciplines. Candidates with expertise in large scale simulation of spiking neurons (Hodgkin-Huxley type), dynamical systems, bifurcation theory and graph/network theory will be preferred. Ideally, the candidate would also have knowledge of vertebrate brain and spinal cord, behaviour modelling, and learning theory from a computational perspective.

Application closing date 18/09/2016

Contact for informal inquiries:
Roman Borisyuk, Professor of Computational Neuroscience, rborisyuk at plymouth.ac.uk<mailto:rborisyuk at plymouth.ac.uk>, 01752 584949


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