[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral Position in Computational Neuroscience at IDIBAPS/UPF (Barcelona)

JROCHAV at clinic.cat JROCHAV at clinic.cat
Tue Jan 3 11:53:42 CET 2017

Postdoctoral Position on  Behavioural modelling and neural analysis of flexible perceptual decision-making at IDIBAPS / UPF (Barcelona)

A postdoctoral research position in computational neuroscience is available to work with Jaime de la Rocha at IDIBAPS (Barcelona) and Alexandre Hyafil at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF, Barcelona). The postdoctoral fellow will be a vital member of the interdisciplinary research team led by Jaime de la Rocha that studies perception and cognition using combined theoretical and experimental approaches. More specifically, the fellow’s work will be part of an ERC-funded project aiming to unravel the behavioural principles and the neural mechanisms underlying how recent experience shapes perception and guides decisions. The fellow will (1) characterize the behavioural influence of recent history onto perceptual choices in rats and humans performing acoustic discrimination tasks, (2) analyze population recordings from cortical neurons obtained from rats to uncover the traces of recent history decision biases and (3) build dynamical models of behaviour based on  the population recordings using a variety of machine learning tools. Behavioural and neural data is currently being acquired by other researchers in the lab.
The work will be co-supervised between Jaime de la Rocha, head of the Cortical Circuit Dynamics Group (http://neuro.fcrb.es/delaRochaLab/) and Alexandre Hyafil who is establishing his new laboratory in the nearby UPF, and has in the last years develop a set analysis techniques fitted for our data. Both groups are part of the  vibrant computational neuroscience community of Barcelona, which promotes the interaction among groups by organizing multiple interaural activities.

Applicants should have a strong background in computational neuroscience or applied mathematics and have a keen interest in interdisciplinary approaches that integrate modeling and experimental research. Programming proficiency (Matlab and/or Python) is required. Experience in machine learning methods, advanced statistics as well as nonlinear dynamical systems will be valued. Ability to collaborate in a pluridisciplinary team is essential. Initial appointment for this position is for two years.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants, please send a resume, names and contact of 3 references and a cover letter explaining your interest and research experience to jrochav at clinic.cat<mailto:jrochav at clinic.cat> and alexandre.hyafil at gmail.com<mailto:alexandre.hyafil at gmail.com>.

Jaime de la Rocha
Group Leader at IDIBAPS
c. Rosselló 149-153
Barcelona, 08036 Spain
Tel. +34 932275400 (4307)

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