[Comp-neuro] Open PhD position computational neuroscienceB

Claudius Gros gros at itp.uni-frankfurt.de
Wed Jul 12 13:55:51 CEST 2017

I would like to brink your attention our PhD-program in

Computational Neurosciences / Complex Dynamical Systems

   at the Institute of Theoretical Physics,
   Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Field(s): computational neurosciences, complex systems,
           theory neural networks, simulated robotics,
           dynamical systems.

Application deadline: August 11, 2017

Contact: Prof. Claudius Gros,

We are developing new models and generative principles for the brain using a 
range of toolsets from dynamical systems theory and computational 
neurosciences. Examples are new objective functions and generating functionals 
for the sensori-motor loop, transient state dynamics and self-limiting Hebbian 
plasticity rules. Several subjects are available for the announced PhD thesis 
including the generation of transient state dynamics through short-term 
synaptic plasticity, the study of the stationarity principle for statistical 
learning and/or the generation of motor primitives through self-organized 
embodiment within the sensori-motor loop. The work will include analytic 
investigations and numerical simulations of neural networks and/or of simulated 
robots, using the toolset of dynamical systems theory.

The candidate must have a Diploma/Master in physics, an excellent academic 
track record and good computational skills. Experience or strong interest in 
the fields of complex systems, computational neurosciences, dynamical systems 
theory and/or artificial or biological cognitive systems is expected. The 
degree of scientific research experience needs to be on the level of a German 

The appointment will start summer/fall 2017, for up to three years. Interested 
applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and copies of 
the academic record. Name, affiliation and email of one or more potential 
references are to be given.

Claudius Gros

General information on the University of Frankfurt and its employment policy. 
With its around 46000 students and 4600 employees, the Goethe University in 
Frankfurt is the largest university in the state of Hessen and an 
internationally renowned, important regional employer. Numerous quality and 
performance oriented internal reforms have been initiated in the recent years. 
The reorganized campuses for natural sciences and humanities offer an ideal 
environment for research and education. Since 2008, the Goethe University is a 
foundation under public law and enjoys full administrative autonomy.

The fixed-term employment of the academic staff is subject to the provisions of 
the Temporary Science Employment Law (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz) and the 
Hessian Higher Education Act (Hessisches Hochschulgesetz). The University 
advocates gender equality and therefore strongly encourages women to apply. 
People with disabilities are given preference if equally qualified.

### Prof. Dr. Claudius Gros
### http://itp.uni-frankfurt.de/~gros
### Complex and Adaptive Dynamical Systems, A Primer
### A graduate-level textbook, Springer (2008/10/13/15)
### Mageia, das Buch der Farben
### http://www.buchderfarben.de
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