[Comp-neuro] Hiring postdoc at Georgia Tech

Christopher Rozell crozell at gatech.edu
Wed Mar 25 19:55:28 CET 2020

A postdoctoral position at the intersection of computational 
neuroscience and closed-loop optogenetic stimulation is available in the 
lab of Christopher Rozell at the Georgia Institute of Technology 
(Atlanta, GA). This BRAIN Initiative research project seeks to advance 
the field of closed-loop computational neuroscience by using real-time 
feedback stimulation during experiments to decouple recurrently 
connected circuit elements and make stronger causal inferences about 
circuit interactions. This position will have a broad opportunity to 
develop models and algorithms that are implemented in novel experiments 
using closed-loop optogenetic stimulation. We aim to provide both new 
scientific insight about computational in neural circuits (especially 
sensory coding in the thalamo-cortical circuit) as well as new 
approaches and algorithmic tools for the community to use in novel 
electrophysiology experiments. This position will work as part of a team 
and in close collaboration with the experimental lab of Garrett Stanley 
(also at Georgia Tech),  and it is expected that the computational and 
algorithmic approaches will be implemented experimentally through close 
partnership with experimentalists in the Stanley Laboratory.

Applicants should hold a PhD in a related discipline with a strong 
record of research impact, quantitative thinking and collaborative work. 
Experience in computational neuroscience, machine learning, feedback 
control, and causal inference is all advantageous. The lab is committed 
to the professional development of the members, making it valuable 
preparation for people who are interested in academic, industrial or 
entrepreneurial careers. The position has no mandatory teaching or 
administrative duties. Excellent (written and oral) communication skills 
in English are also required. This particular project is part of the 
Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience program (CRCNS), 
providing access to a community of researchers across the country who 
are focused on similar types of collaborations between computational and 
experimental labs.

Georgia Tech's campus in the heart of midtown Atlanta, which has a 
thriving and collaborative neuroscience community that has a particular 
emphasis on computational and systems neuroscience. Atlanta is also one 
of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States, boasting 
a wide range of opportunities for recreation and culture. Georgia Tech 
has competitive benefits (including comprehensive medical insurance) and 
is an equal opportunity employer.

The ideal start would be during summer 2020, but dates beyond that may 
be considered depending on the fit of the candidate. The position is 
initially for 12 months with the possibility and expectation of renewal. 
Compensation will be commensurate with relevant experience. Candidates 
should send a CV, a statement of research experience and interests, 
expected date of availability, and the contact information for three 
references to crozell at gatech.edu with the subject line "CRCNS postdoc". 
Application review will proceed until the position is filled and should 
be received by April 27 for full consideration. If the current COVID19 
situation will delay the ability to apply by this deadline, please send 
a short note indicating that you intend to apply.

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