[Comp-neuro] PhD opportunities at the MCEN group at the Basque Center of Applied Mathematics (Bilbao, Spain)

Maurizio De Pitta mdepitta at bcamath.org
Mon Oct 22 13:48:43 CEST 2018

Please share with your colleagues and anyone who could be interested.

The Group of Mathematical, Computational and Experimental Neuroscience
(MCEN; http://www.bcamath.org/en/research/lines/MCEN/description) at
the Basque Center of Applied Mathematics (BCAM;
http://www.bcamath.org/en/) in Bilbao (Spain) is seeking outstanding
PhD students to work on several projects at the intersection of
computational neuroscience, mathematical topology, biophysics and
translational science. PhD projects currently available include (but
are not limited to) :

(Track A)

1. Control and tracking stability boundaries of neurons in real time
via closed-loop computer- controlled electrophysiology. This will lead
to intelligent machine brain interfaces, such as deep brain
stimulators that can determine unstable states that lead to
pathological oscillations (like in epilepsy);

2. Multiscale modeling of the biomolecular machinery that controls the
various modes of neurotransmitter release for efficient synaptic
communication. This includes feedback processes, such as the
endocannabinoid system, that control the speed and frequency by which
synaptic neurotransmitters are released. This critical process is
thought to control pathological brain states;

(Track B)

3. Mathematical modeling and development of analytical tools to study
neuron-glial interactions (NGIs), from subcellular to network levels.
Focus is both on mechanisms of learning at synaptic level and how NGIs
could shape dynamics of cortical circuits in the healthy and diseased
brain (More info: https://goo.gl/pJXEYJ).

4. Study of early cellular pathological markers for Alzheimer’s
disease, with emphasis on neuron-glial interactions. The project is
part of a strategic collaboration between BCAM/MCEN and Achucarro –
the Basque Center for Neuroscience – and envisages a close
collaboration with Dr. Carlos Matute’s group to test predictions from
theoretical models in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease (see also:

A fully-funded PhD scholarship of 4+1 years may be offered on
competitive basis for ANY of the above projects (deadline : **Oct
29th, 2018**; 15:00 CET ; Info/Application : https://goo.gl/7CzNQr).

A fully-funded PhD scholarship of 3 years is currently available for
Project 4 ONLY (deadline : **Nov 6th, 2018**; 14:00 CET ; Info :
https://goo.gl/Uifv2J; Application website : https://goo.gl/z72RzC).

Candidates that are interested in any of the above topics, or would
like to pursue a PhD in mathematical neuroscience are welcome to
contact Drs. Serafim Rodrigues (Track A ; Webpage :
https://goo.gl/tP9PBt; contact : srodrigues at bcamath.org) and Maurizio
De Pittà (Track B ; Webpage : https://goo.gl/pJXEYJ; contact:
mdepitta at bcamath.org).

Maurizio De Pitta'
Research Fellow
MCEN -- Group of Mathematical, Computational and Experimental Neuroscience
BCAM -- Basque Center of Applied Mathematics

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