[Comp-neuro] Open position at Institute of Neuroinformatics (Zürich) / Institute of Neuroscience Paris Saclay (Orsay)

Nicolas Giret nicolas.giret at u-psud.fr
Mon Dec 18 14:01:01 CET 2017

*PhD or Post-Doc for neuroscientist or engineer: neural population 
activity associated with a complex learned behavior*

Dear all,

We have an open position for a PhD student or Post-Doc at the interface 
of engineering and neuroscience. This is a collaborative effort between 
the Institute of Neuroinformatics (ETH Zurich, University of Zurich) and 
the Neuroscience Paris Saclay Institute (CNRS, Université Paris Sud, 
Université Paris Saclay). The goal of our collaboration is to study the 
principles of vocal learning and communication in songbirds. We combine 
diverse experimental and theoretical approaches to gain new insights 
into higher cognitive functions associated with complex vocal behaviors 
such as song learning.

We are interested in decoding neural activity associated with song 
production and song learning in songbirds. We have recently developed a 
system for simultaneously recording from many neurons in freely behaving 
animals. Our miniature lightweight motorized 32-channel recording device 
incorporates novel carbon fiber electrodes, as described in 
(Guitchounts, Markowitz, Liberti, & Gardner, 2013). The project is to 
refine and put this technology to use to study the mysteries of neural 
population codes and to advance our understanding of how individual 
neurons contribute to forming a representation of motor plans and of 
sensory feedback. The engineering part of the work will be done in 
Zürich, Switzerland (~1/3) and the testing will be done in Orsay, France 

We are looking either for a PhD student (CHF 47040 starting salary, 
~40 200€) or a Post-doc (CHF 80000 starting salary 100%, ~68 500€). 
Depending on the required training of the post-doc, the employment 
percentage is reduced to a value between 70 and 90%.

Your Profile:

You have a MSc degree in neuroscience, electrical engineering, physics, 
mathematics, biology, or computer science or you have a PhD in 
neuroscience or engineering.

You are strongly interested in neuroscience.

You have expertise in signal processing and machine learning.

You like to collaborate with biologists and engineers in a nurturing 

You can work independently and want to be part of a team that fosters 
flexibility and innovation.

The ETH is an equal opportunity employer, we believe in people and their 
ability to innovate.

If you want to apply for this position, feel inspired to send your 
application material to Prof. Richard Hahnloser (rich at ini.ethz.ch 
<mailto:rich at ini.ethz.ch>) and to Dr Nicolas Giret 
(nicolas.giret at u-psud.fr <mailto:nicolas.giret at u-psud.fr>).

It would be great if you could circulate it around in your institute.

Best regards,

-Nicolas Giret-

*Chargé de Recherche CNRS*
Institut des Neurosciences Paris Saclay, UMR9197 <http://neuro-psi.cnrs.fr/>
Université Paris Sud, Univ. Paris Saclay, bât. 446
Rue Claude Bernard
91405 Orsay cedex
Personal website <https://sites.google.com/site/nicolasgiret/>
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