[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral position in computational neuroscience

Vinita Samarasinghe malini.vinita.samarasinghe at ini.ruhr-uni-bochum.de
Tue Jan 29 07:55:03 CET 2019

Prof. Sen Cheng, Institute for Neuroinformatics at Ruhr University 
Bochum, invites applications for a full-time position of *Postdoctoral 
Scholar (TV-L E13) in Computational Neuroscience. *The position starts 
on 1st July 2019 and is funded for *3 years*. This project is part of 
the newly established DFG research unit 2812 “Constructing Scenarios of 
the Past: A New Framework in Episodic Memory” at the Ruhr University 
Bochum and the Westfälische Wilhelms University Münster. The research 
unit will study the cognitive and neuronal mechanisms underlying the 
constructed scenarios that make up episodic memory. It will employ and 
combine approaches from Philosophy, Psychology as well as Experimental 
and Computational Neuroscience. Further information about the project 
can be found at www.rub.de/cns <http://www.rub.de/cns>.

*Job description*

The successful candidate will model the function of episodic memory in 
inference and prediction using abstract computational models. This 
project strives to find answers to the questions:


    Why are specific experiences stored in episodic memory helpful for
    predicting the future?


    Why can general, or semantic, information not serve the same purpose?

*Your Profile: *

Candidates should hold a PhD in neuroscience, physics, mathematics, 
engineering, or a related field. Competence in mathematical modeling or 
machine learning, and excellent programming skills are mandatory. In 
addition, relevant research experience in neuroscience or a related 
field is required. Experience in the study of episodic memory and in 
working within a collaborative research group would be a further asset. 
Candidates should have excellent communication skills in English and the 
ability to work well in a team.

The Ruhr University Bochum is home to a vibrant research community in 
neuroscienceand cognitive science. The Institute for Neural Computation 
is an independent research unit and combines different areas of 
expertise ranging from experimental and theoretical neuroscienceto 
machine learning androbotics. For further information see www.rub.de/cns 

Please send your application, including CV, transcripts and research 
statement electronically, as a single PDF file, to 
samarasinghe at ini.rub.de <mailto:samarasinghe at ini.rub.de>. In addition, 
at least two academic references may be sent independently to the above 
email address. The deadline for applications is 15.03.2019.

The Ruhr University Bochum is committed to equal opportunity. We 
strongly encourage applications from qualified women and persons with 

We are committed to providing a supportive work environment for female 
researchers, in particular those with young children. Our university 
provides mentoring and coaching opportunities specifically aimed at 
women in research. We have a strong research network with female role 
models and will provide opportunities to meet with them. Wherever 
possible, events will be scheduled during regular childcare hours. 
Special childcare will be arranged if events have to be scheduled 
outside of regular hours, in case of sickness and during school or 
daycare closures. Where childcare is not an option parents will be 
offered a home office solution.

Contact person: Vinita Samarasinghe

Vinita Samarasinghe M.Sc., M.A.

Science Manager
Arbeitsgruppe Computational Neuroscience
Institut für Neuroinformatik
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, NB 3/26
Universitätstr. 150
D-44801 Bochum

Tel: +49 (0)234 32 27316
Email: samarasinghe at ini.rub.de

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8-11

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