[Comp-neuro] NIH-funded Postdoctoral Position at the Italian Institute of Technology

Stefano Panzeri stefano.panzeri at gmail.com
Thu Jan 3 11:48:22 CET 2019

I am seeking to hire one or more postdoctoral scientists to research with
me and my Neural Computation laboratory at the Istituto Italiano di

The project, funded by a Brain Initiative multi-PI RO1 Grant from the
National Institute of Health, will be performed in collaboration with my
experimental collaborators Christopher Harvey (Harvard Medical School) and
Wei-Chung Lee (Children’s Hospital). The proposed computational research
will use data-driven models of recurrent neural networks and
information-theoretic methods to analyze functional activity of hundreds of
neurons recorded during cognitive tasks, together with anatomical
electron-microscopy data collected from the same subjects and brain
regions.  The aim of the project is to establish novel and firm
relationships between the anatomical structure of a cortical microcircuit
and its neural population coding function.

The laboratory offers a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise in
computational neuroscience, including both advanced neural analysis
techniques and neural network modeling.  The laboratory also offers a
thriving, well-funded and ambitious research environment with extensive
international collaborations and ample opportunities for advanced training
and personal scientific growth.

We seek candidates holding a PhD in a numerate or neuroscientific
discipline, with a solid computational background and a keen interest in
neuroscience. They must be highly motivated and creative individuals who
want to work in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary research environment and be
willing to interact with both experimental and theoretical neuroscientists.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to conduct research at
either the IIT in Italy, or at the IIT outstation at Harvard Medical
School, in Boston, depending on the nature of the agreed research and on
personal preferences.

For representative recent publications from the PI, see:

Runyan C. A., et al (2017) Distinct timescales of population coding across
cortex, *Nature*: 548: 92-96.

Panzeri S., et al (2017) Cracking the neural code for sensory perception by
combining statistics, intervention and behaviour. *Neuron* 93: 491-507

Safaai, H., et al (2015) Modelling the effect of Locus Coeruleous firing on
single trial cortical state dynamics and sensory processing. *Proc. Natl.
Acad. Sci. USA* 112(41): 12834–12839

Further information about my research can be found at my IIT and Google
Scholar web pages:



Applications (full CV, statement of research interest and name and contact
of 2 referees) should be sent by e-mail to stefano.panzeri at iit.it, quoting
“Postdoctoral position in Computational Neuroscience” in the subject line.
The deadline for applications is January 31th, 2019. Applications will be
examined until the position is filled. Interested applicants are advised to
contact me by email informally *as soon as possible* to discuss about the
science and the position informally.


Stefano Panzeri
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