[Comp-neuro] advertised postdoc position

Matthew Chalk matthewjchalk at gmail.com
Fri Aug 25 10:32:41 CEST 2017


Postdoc position in theoretical neuroscience, at the Vision Institute in Paris, France:

Description:
A postdoctoral position is available for a project with Matthew Chalk, at the Vision Institute (www.institut-vision.org/en/), within the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, in Paris, France.

The project will involve investigating principles of neural coding in the retina. Specifically, the project will investigate how different coding objectives, such as optimising efficiency or encoding predictive information, can explain the diverse ways that neurons in the retina respond to visual stimulation. 

The postdoc will include both a theoretical and an experimental component. The theoretical part of the project will extend previous work by Chalk et al. to develop a general theory of optimal neural coding (Chalk et al. NIPS 2016, Chalk et al. bioArxiv 2016). The experimental part will involve running experiments to test this theory in the retina. The experimental part will be in close collaboration with members from the lab of Olivier Marre, who have developed techniques for recording from hundreds of retinal ganglion cells simultaneously (e.g. Marre et al. PLoS Comp. 2015).

The Vision Institute is a stimulating environment for brain research. It brings together in a single building researchers, clinicians and industrial partners in order to discover, test and develop treatments and technological innovations for the benefit of visually impaired patients.

The ideal candidate should have a PhD with a strong, quantitative background (ideally in fields such as machine learning and/or theoretical neuroscience). The position is funded for three years. Applications should include a CV, a statement of research interests (max 1 page), and two letters of recommendation. The earliest starting date will be 14/01/18. Electronic submissions in pdf-format are preferred and should be sent to Matthew Chalk (matthewjchalk at gmail.com <mailto:matthewjchalk at gmail.com>). Feel free to ask any informal questions about the position if you are interested.
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