[Comp-neuro] Cognitive, Computational, and Systems Neuroscience Training Program at University of Oregon

Luca Mazzucato luca.mazzucato at gmail.com
Tue Nov 27 23:35:29 CET 2018


The Institute of Neuroscience (ION) at the University of Oregon is
welcoming applications for graduate training in neuroscience (deadline
December 1st 2018).

The training program in Cognitive, Computational, and Systems Neuroscience (
CCSN
<http://ion.uoregon.edu/content/cognitive-computational-and-systems-neuroscience-training-program>)
is sponsored by the University of Oregon Institute of Neuroscience, the
nation's first research institute of its kind. In keeping with the
innovative origins of the Institute, the CCSN program provides a rare
opportunity for graduate students to forge experimental and theoretical
links between systems and cognitive neuroscience while becoming experts in
their field of choice. We believe that such interdisciplinary training
positions our graduates to become leaders in the growing field of
integrative and behavioral neuroscience. The Computational Neuroscience
core of the CCSN includes Yashar Ahmadian's and Luca Mazzucato's labs, in
close collaboration with all other ION labs (Chris Doe, Santiago Jaramillo,
Bryce Kuhl, Shawn Lockery, David McCormick, Cris Niell, Matt Smear, Mike
Wehr, and many others).

The heart of our program is thesis research. Twenty eight faculty members
drawn from the departments of Biology, Psychology, and Mathematics serve as
research mentors and instructors. These researchers use a wide range of
approaches including molecular biology, genetics, electrophysiology,
optogenetics, functional brain imaging, and computational neuroscience to
tackle fundamental questions in the neuronal basis of perception, behavior,
memory, and cognition. CCSN faculty study not only humans but a wide range
of model organisms including C. elegans, Drosophila, zebrafish, and rodents.
As a result, students enrolled in our PhD program come away with the broad
conceptual and technical skills necessary to run an independent
neuroscience research lab or pursue many other related career paths. Our
state-of-the-art facilities and excellent support staff allow ION members
to progress rapidly by making exploratory or pilot experiments accessible.

When not "at the bench," trainees follow a customizable course of study
that leads from a year-long graduate core course to a variety of elective
courses that allow students to go deeper into their specialty. In addition
to course work, trainees learn in a variety of interactive settings
including lab meetings, journal clubs, seminars, bi-monthly
research-in-progress meetings, and institute retreats. These activities,
together with a culture of openness and engagement among CCSN faculty
members, create a degree of cohesiveness that sets CCSN apart from programs
at other universities.

We're passionate about creating an inclusive environment that promotes and
values diversity. Research institutions that are diverse in gender, gender
identity, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, and perspective are
proven to foster greater creativity and promote synergistic, collaborative
innovation and interactions.

Our application deadline is December 1, 2018. If interested in applying,
please contact David McCormick (davidmc at uoregon.edu).

David A. McCormick
Director, Institute of Neuroscience
davidmc at uoregon.edu
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