[Comp-neuro] Computational Postdoc - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory - Long Island, New York

Engel, Tatiana engel at cshl.edu
Tue Feb 27 16:20:18 CET 2018

The Engel and Churchland labs in the Department of Neuroscience at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory invite applications from highly motivated candidates for a postdoctoral position working on a collaborative project between the two labs. The position is entirely computational and truly interdisciplinary with equal (50/50) effort in the Churchland (experimental) and Engel (computational) labs. The project’s goal is to unravel functional roles of excitatory and inhibitory neurons in the decision-making microcircuit through computational analyses of large-scale neural activity recordings and biophysical circuit modeling. In particular, we will develop and deploy novel machine learning frameworks for discovering collective network dynamics from large-scale activity recordings in mice with genetically identified excitatory and inhibitory neurons. These data analyses will provide hard constraints for biophysical models of the decision-making microcircuit, which will be then inferred using deep learning methods.

We are looking for theoretical/computational scientists to work at the exciting interface of systems neuroscience, machine learning, and biophysics, embedded within the computational and experimental labs. The postdoctoral scientist is expected to exhibit resourcefulness and independence, developing computational models of large-scale neural activity recordings with the goal to elucidate excitatory/inhibitory neural circuits underlying decision making.

Interested candidates should e-mail their application to Tatiana Engel (engel at cshl.edu<mailto:engel at cshl.edu>) and Anne Churchland (churchland at cshl.edu<mailto:churchland at cshl.edu>) as a single pdf file with subject: Postdoc Application. The application file should include: (1) CV with the publication list, (2) a brief description of research interests, (3) contact information for three references.

In addition, the candidates should upload their application online at http://cshl.peopleadmin.com/postings/13170

Position requirements:
- PhD in neuroscience, physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or related quantitative discipline
- Expertise in scientific programming, e.g., Python, Matlab, C/C++, CUDA
- Expertise in statistics, data analyses, and/or machine learning
- Experience with deep learning methods is a plus
- Experience with database software is a plus
- Track record of publications in scientific journals
- Effective communication skills, both written and oral
- Dedication and passion for solving hard scientific problems

Tatiana Engel, PhD
Assistant Professor
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
1 Bungtown Road,
Cold Spring Harbor, NY
(+1) 408 409 3647

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