Monday, October 31, 2011

[Comp-neuro] Funded PhD in Computational Neuroscience - The University of Manchester

Dear All,

applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship to work on a project entitled 'Quantifying the contribution of melanopsin to the processing of complex visual information' under the supervision of Dr Marcelo Montemurro and Prof Robert Lucas at the Faculty of Life Siences.  The 3-year studentship will provide full support for tuition fees and an annual minimum tax-free stipend of £13,590. This studentiship is available to UK/EU nationals only due to the nature of the funding and is due to start October 2012.

The project is highly interdisciplinary and involves close interaction between computational and experimental approaches. The successful applicant will work on the development of computational analysis methods based on information theory and their application to experimental data gathered at Lucas' lab. The student will also have the opportunity to receive training in experimental methods and actively particiape in experiment design. The precise balance between the different types of approaches will be defined according to he the student's background and interests.

Further details can be found at:

For enquires, please write to  Dr Marcelo Montemurro ( Applications are invited up to and including Wednesday 7 December 2011.


Dr. Marcelo A. Montemurro
Faculty of Life Sciences
University of Manchester
Room 3.606
Stopford Building
Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PT

phone: +44(0)161 306 3883

[visionlist] Postdoc - System and Cognitive Neuroscience - Beijing Normal University, China

Postdoctoral positions are available to study the neural mechanisms of visual perception and cognition in the State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning (SKLCNL), Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.

The SKLCNL ( is one of the most influential institutes for brain research in China. The institute receives ample annual funding from multiple sources, including the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Education of China; it also offers state-of-the-art research facilities incorporating new technologies, such as behavioral and molecular genetics, 3T fMRI, multielectrode recordings in awake behaving monkeys, optical imaging, TMS and EEG. Well-established PIs recruited overseas form a multidisciplinary research team covering the fields of cognitive neuroscience, psychology, neurobiology, computational neuroscience, information sciences and education.

Dr. Jia Liu ( studies the neural mechanism of object recognition and its heritability and experience dependency using multiple approaches such as psychophysics, fMRI and behavioral and molecular genetics. Dr. Wu Li ( studies intermediate-level visual processing, including top-down modulation and perceptual learning, in both humans and behaving monkeys.

Candidates should have a doctoral degree related to neuroscience (including cognitive neuroscience and computational neuroscience) or psychology, and should have the ability to design and conduct experiments independently as well as to analyze fMRI or electrophysiological data. Strong computer skills including programming (MATLAB and C) are preferred.

The SKLCNL offers competitive salaries depending on candidates' previous training and experiences.

If interested, please send a cover letter, a cv, a summary describing research accomplishments and interests, and the names and addresses of three references to Dr. Jia Liu ( or Dr. Wu Li (

Wu Li, PhD Jia Liu, PhD
Professor of system Neuroscience Professor of System Neuroscience
State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning
Beijing Normal University
Beijing, China

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Friday, October 28, 2011

[Comp-neuro] SFN interviews for post-doc in Computational Neuroscience at Brown University

Interviews for a Computational Neuroscience post-doctoral position in the Dept. of Neuroscience at Brown University will be held at the annual SFN meeting. Interested candidate should contact

Postdoctoral Position in Computational Neuroscience at Brown University

A postdoctoral position in computational neuroscience is available in the Department of Neuroscience at Brown University to work jointly in the labs of Drs. Stephanie Jones and Christopher Moore. We seek to train a postdoctoral researcher in biophysically principled computational neuroscience methods. The trainee will work side by side with experimentalists to receive interdisciplinary systems level neuroscience training in the integration of theory and experimentation. Model development and analysis will be under the mentorship of Dr. Jones and integration with experimental data under the direction of Dr. Moore. Fundamental to the research will be the development and analysis of neural models of basal ganglia-thalamic-cortical circuits to study the mechanistic origin and importance of brain oscillations. The opportunity for this training comes from an NSF sponsored Collaborative Efforts in Computational Neuroscience grant. Qualified candidates should have a strong mathematics background with experience in dynamical systems methods for simulating neural circuits. The application deadline for the position is ongoing and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a CV, statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation sent to

Thursday, October 27, 2011

[visionlist] Postdoc - Computational Cognitive Neuroscience - UCSD

Dr. Angela Yu will be interviewing candidates at Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Washington DC (Nov. 12-16).


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, led by Angela Yu, at University of California, San Diego.  Initial appointment is for one year, with flexible start date and possibility for renewal.

The project is to develop a decision-theoretical framework for the inter-related problems of perceptual decision-making, active vision, statistical learning, and social decision-making.  Candidates must have a strong mathematical background in areas including but not restricted to frequentist and Bayesian statistics, reinforcement learning, information theory, and control theory.  Experience with measure-theoretic probability theory, stochastic processes, stochastic control theory (stopping problems, bandit problems, sequential decision problems), and/or dynamical systems analysis is a bonus.  Candidate should also have programming experience, such as Matlab or equivalent.  Research experience in behavioral experiments and fMRI/EEG neuroimaging is highly desired.  Applicants should be committed to applying rigorous mathematical tools to modeling cognitive and neural processes, as well as carrying out human behavioral experiments and collaborating with other human/animal neuroscience laboratories.

Dr. Yu's lab is situated within the Natural Computation Lab in the Cognitive Science department of UCSD.  It is affiliated with the
Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, the UCSD Neurosciences Graduate Program, and the Institute of Neural Computation.  It provides ample opportunities for communication and collaboration with related labs not only with other groups in the department of Cognitive Science, but also in Psychology, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Electric and Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, as well as the Salk Institute.

Interested candidates should send a research statement, along with a CV including publications and references to:  Two or more letters of references should be sent directly to the same address.

Angela J. Yu
Assistant Professor
Department of Cognitive Science
UCSD, Mail Code 0515
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0515

Phone: 858-822-3317
Fax: 858-534-1128
Angela J. Yu
Assistant Professor
Department of Cognitive Science
UCSD, Mail Code 0515
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0515

Phone: 858-822-3317
Fax: 858-534-1128

[Comp-neuro] Postdoc - Computational Cognitive Neuroscience - UCSD

Dr. Angela Yu will be interviewing candidates at Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Washington DC (Nov. 12-16).


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, led by Angela Yu, at University of California, San Diego.  Initial appointment is for one year, with flexible start date and possibility for renewal.

The project is to develop a decision-theoretical framework for the inter-related problems of perceptual decision-making, active vision, statistical learning, and social decision-making.  Candidates must have a strong mathematical background in areas including but not restricted to frequentist and Bayesian statistics, reinforcement learning, information theory, and control theory.  Experience with measure-theoretic probability theory, stochastic processes, stochastic control theory (stopping problems, bandit problems, sequential decision problems), and/or dynamical systems analysis is a bonus.  Candidate should also have programming experience, such as Matlab or equivalent.  Research experience in behavioral experiments and fMRI/EEG neuroimaging is highly desired.  Applicants should be committed to applying rigorous mathematical tools to modeling cognitive and neural processes, as well as carrying out human behavioral experiments and collaborating with other human/animal neuroscience laboratories.

Dr. Yu's lab is situated within the Natural Computation Lab in the Cognitive Science department of UCSD.  It is affiliated with the
Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, the UCSD Neurosciences Graduate Program, and the Institute of Neural Computation.  It provides ample opportunities for communication and collaboration with related labs not only with other groups in the department of Cognitive Science, but also in Psychology, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Electric and Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, as well as the Salk Institute.

Interested candidates should send a research statement, along with a CV including publications and references to:  Two or more letters of references should be sent directly to the same address.

Angela J. Yu
Assistant Professor
Department of Cognitive Science
UCSD, Mail Code 0515
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0515

Phone: 858-822-3317
Fax: 858-534-1128
Angela J. Yu
Assistant Professor
Department of Cognitive Science
UCSD, Mail Code 0515
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0515

Phone: 858-822-3317
Fax: 858-534-1128

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

[Comp-neuro] internships, PhD and postdoctoral positions in the area of medical engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Internships, PhD positions, and Postdoctoral research positions are available in the area of medical engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Students with research interests at the interface of electrical engineering and biology are especially encouraged to apply.

Topics include:

o modeling of epileptic seizures (from abstract network models to detailed biophysical models);
o neural implants for seizure suppression (from control/game theoretic analysis to hardware design);
o diagnosis of brain disorders, from EEG and other brain signals (Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy);
o graphical models and nonparametric statistical models for analyzing electrophysiological data (e.g., spike sorting and decoding);
o principled statistical models for merging different brain imaging modalities (EEG/MEG/fMRI/DTI/single-unit recordings/etc.).

The research is conducted in collaboration with partners at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, MIT, and MGH/Harvard.

Please send detailed curriculum vitae, statements of research interests, three references and relevant publications (if applicable), electronically, to:

Prof. Justin Dauwels
Nanyang Technological University
School of Electrical& Electronic Engineering
Deadline: November 30, 2011

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[Comp-neuro] tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Mathematical Biology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Mathematical Biology is available at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A theoretical/mathematical neuroscientist would be a suitable candidate for this search. More details and application instructions can be found at

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[Comp-neuro] postdoctoral position in Mathematicaal Neuroscience

A postdoctoral position is available in the Mathematical Neuroscience Laboratory
at the University of Nebraska. The postdoctoral fellow will join an NSF-funded project for developing a mathematical theory relating structure to function in neuronal networks. The project involves both developing a novel mathematical theory of representation by neuronal networks as well as data-driven investigations.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a Ph.D. in
Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, or a closely related area. A background
in algebra/geometry/topology is a plus. Prior experience in Neuroscience
is not absolutely required, however the applicant is expected to be interested in
learning a new field.

For further information feel free to contact prof. Vladimir Itskov at The position start date is flexible, as early as
Jan. 2012. The initial appointment is for two years, and may be renewed
for a third year. Initial consideration of applications will begin on
November 15, 2011. The position is open until filled.

How to apply:
Applicants should submit a CV, a research statement and recommendation letters via
mathjobs website:

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[Comp-neuro] Postdoc - Visual/Cognitive Neurophysiology - UPenn

A postdoctoral position in visual and cognitive neurophysiology is available in
the laboratory of Nicole Rust at the University of Pennsylvania.

Research in the laboratory is focused on understanding how visual information
about a currently viewed scene is combined with cognitive information to
achieve a specific goal, such as finding a particular object. One current focus
of the lab is on understanding how the brain flexibly switches between different
targets and/or tasks through the integration of visual and working memory
signals. Our research group uses a variety of methods, including behaving
primate neurophysiology and theoretical approaches, to develop accurate yet
conceptually simple descriptions of the computations performed by single
neurons and neural populations. More information about the lab can be found

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, or a
related field prior to starting. Essential qualifications include experience
with extracellular neurophysiology or a comparable technique and strong
quantitative skills. Start dates are flexible. To apply for this position,
please submit a CV and a brief statement of research interests to

Nicole Rust, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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[Comp-neuro] POSTDOCTORAL POSITION at the Section of Systems Neuroscience, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

A full time POSTDOCTORAL POSITION is available at the Section of Systems Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany.


Our multidisciplinary group connects basic research in neuroscience to clinically applied research. In order to better understand the neural mechanisms underlying mental disorders such as addiction or depression, we investigate the function of neural systems that are essential for emotion, motivation, executive function or decision making. Within the Technische Universität Dresden, the Section of Systems Neuroscience is closely associated with the Department of Psychology and the Neuroimaging Center, which offers excellent research collaborations and infrastructure, e.g. a 3 Tesla MRI scanner for full-time research, MRI-compatible EEG, and access to the PET center at Dresden-Rossendorf.

Job Description:

A post-doctoral position is available to study the neuropharmacology of alcohol and nicotine in humans by means of brain imaging. The project is founded within the DFG Priority Program 1226. The main focus is on MR Imaging (fMRI, pharmacological MRI): Implementation of fMRI paradigms to investigate emotional, motivational and executive functions, analysis of MR data as well as the development of methods in the field of pharmacological MR imaging. Project management including supervising of PhD students, data management, publications of the results are a substantial part as well. This position can be used for further scientific qualification (e.g. Habilitation).


Successful applicant should have a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in psychology, medicine, neuroscience or a related field in natural science. The ideal candidate would have excellent English language skills, experience in the field of MR physics and neuroimaging, including prior knowledge of common software (e.g. SPM or FSL, Freesurfer, Matlab, Presentation).

Furthermore, skills in computational modeling of imaging and behavioral data are preferred.


Initial funding has been secured for 29 month with the option to expand the appointment Salary is commensurate with experience according to the German public service pay scale TV-L, which includes social benefits such as health care and pension plans.


Interested applicants should send their online application with the reference number PSY0911175. Please submit a full CV, statement of research background, and names and contact information for two or three referees to:

For more information about the position please contact:

Michael Smolka, +49 (351) 463 42201,


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

[Comp-neuro] Deadline Extension: INTENSIVE 2012 || March 25-29, 2012 - St. Maarten, The Netherlands Antilles



Please consider to contribute to and/or forward to the appropriate groups the following opportunity to submit and publish original scientific results to INTENSIVE 2012.

The submission deadline is extended to November 16, 2011.

In addition, authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended article versions to one of the IARIA Journals:


============== INTENSIVE 2012 | Call for Papers ===============


INTENSIVE 2012, The Fourth International Conference on Resource Intensive Applications and Services

March 25-29, 2012 - St. Maarten, The Netherlands Antilles

General page:

Call for Papers:

- regular papers
- short papers (work in progress)
- posters
- ideas

Submission page:

Submission deadline: November 16, 2011

Sponsored by IARIA,

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA Journals:

Please, note the Poster and Work in Progress options.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.

All tracks are open to both research and industry contributions, in terms of Regular papers, Posters, Work in progress, Technical/marketing/business presentations, Demos, Tutorials, and Panels.

Before submission, please check and conform with the Editorial rules:

INTENSIVE 2012 Topics (topics and submission details: see CfP on the site)

Basics on RIAS (Resource Intensive Applications and Services)
Fundamentals on RIAS; Heuristics for relaxing RIAS; Optimization on RIAS; Coordinated checkpointing and rollback in RIAS; Approximation approach in RIAS; Suboptimal solutions in RIAS; Distribution RIAS; Pervasive parallelism RIAS

Basic algorithms for RIAS
Fundamental algorithms for massive data; Specialized algorithms for grapics, statistics, bio-databases; Load-balancing and cache algoritms; Hierarchical algorithms; Streaming algorithms; Sublinear algorithms; Quick convergence algorithms; Algorithms for synchronization intensive processes; Algorithms for very high speed sustainability;

Communications intensive
Transaction RIAS; Bandwidth RIAS; Traffic RIAS; Broadcast and multicast RIAS; Propagation RIAS; Stream media intensive

Process intensive
Resource RIAS; Computation RIAS; Memory RIAS; Data acquisition RIAS; Data compression RIAS; Replication intensive RIAS; Storage RIAS; Access RIAS; Image processing RIAS

Data-intensive computing
Computing platforms; Collaborative sharing and datasets analysis; Large data streams; Data-processing pipelines; Data warehouses; Data centers; Data-driven society and economy

Operational intensive
Cryptography RIAS; Intrusion prevention RIAS; Deep packet inspection RIAS; Reconfiguration RIAS; Load-balancing RIAS; Buffering & cashing RIAS; Performance RIAS

Cloud-computing intensiveness
Infrastructure-as-a-service; Software-as-a-service [SaaS applicaitions]; Platform-as-service; On-demand computing models; Cloud computing programming and application development; Cloud SLAs, scalability, privacy, security, ownership and reliability issues; Power-efficiency and Cloud computing; Load balancing; Business models and pricing policies; Custom platforms, on-premise, private clouds; Managing applications in the clouds; Content and service distribution in Cloud computing infrastructures; Migration of Legacy Applications

User intensive
User interaction RIAS; Multi-user RIAS; User-adaptation RIAS

Technology intensive
Mobility RIAS; High-speed RIAS; Intensive real-time decoding

Control intensive
Message RIAS; Monitoring RIAS; Power consumption RIAS; Hardware for RIAS; Software for RIAS; Middleware for RIAS; Threat containment RIAS

Complex RIAS
Bioinformatics computation; Large scale ehealth systems; Pharmaceutical/drug computation; Weather forecast computation; Earthquake simulations; Geo-spatial simulations; Spatial programs; Real-time manufacturing systems; Transportation systems; Avionic systems; Economic/financial systems; Electric-power systems

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[Comp-neuro] Research Center Director Position at Rutgers-Newark



The Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neurosciences (CMBN) at Rutgers, Newark was created a quarter of a century ago and has grown into a leading research center in Neuroscience, with a solid group of world-class faculty whose research spans systems, behavioral, and computational neuroscience, with methodological approaches as varied as electrophysiology, neuropharmacology, and functional imaging. Moreover, Neuroscience research on the Rutgers Newark campus is growing with hires in social and affective neuroscience in the Department of Psychology, cellular neuroscience in the Department of Biology, and the recent establishment of an interdepartmental Rutgers Brain Imaging Center.


CMBN is ready to move into a new era with new opportunities and a new vision. A number of faculty positions have opened up, and this presents an opportunity to rebuild and reconfigure CMBN. Rutgers Newark therefore invites applications for the position of Director of CMBN to guide this transition. We are seeking a world class leader in neuroscience to direct CMBN and to integrate the existing expertise and facilities into an even more impressive neuroscience community.


In addition to outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, candidates must have a PhD and/or MD degree, a sustained track record of distinguished scientific accomplishments and external grant funding in an area related to CMBN's research interests, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in post-graduate training.  The Director will support the development of research activities at CMBN based on a clearly articulated scientific vision, and foster increased interactions with other Neuroscientists in the Psychology and Biology Departments of the Rutgers-Newark Campus. The Director is also expected to maintain a grant funded research program in his/her own laboratory, and play a key role in the recruitment of new faculty.


Professorial appointment with tenure will be made to the successful candidate.  Salary is highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Rutgers University is an equal opportunity employer and encourages the applications from qualified women and minority candidates.


Please send a letter of application and curriculum vitae to:

Dr. Alexander E. Gates

Vice Chancellor for Research

Rutgers University

123 Washington Ave., Ste. 590

Newark, NJ 07102-3026


For further information about CMBN and Rutgers-Newark, see the following




For informal inquiries, feel free to contact Bart Krekelberg (




Monday, October 24, 2011

[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral Position: Distance Learning For Person Recognition

Postdoctoral Position: Distance Learning For Person Recognition

The Computer Vision group of the University of Caen (France) and the LEAR group at INRIA Grenoble, Rhone-Alpes (France) are opening a postdoctoral position. The candidate will be jointly supervised and will spend time in both institutions (;

Topic: person recognition and re-identification across networks of cameras is an important problem in computer vision and is required for a large number of applications (such as video surveillance). However, despite the effort of the community, person re-identification is still a challenging problem: the same person can look very differently according to his posture or the camera position, while the difference between two different persons can be small. The goal of this project is to develop algorithms for finding occurrences of the same persons in huge collections of video surveillance images. The key issue is to learn distance functions from the training data, which embed visual information. This research will build on papers such as "Is that you? Metric learning approaches for face identification", G. Matthieu, V. Jakob and Schmid Cordelia, ICCV 2009" and "Randomized Clustering Forests for Image Classification", F Moosmann, E Nowak and F Jurie, PAMI 2008.

Start date: As soon as possible.

Location: The student will be located at the Computer Vision group at the University of Caen, and will spend approximately a 1 week every 2 months at the INRIA Grenoble research center.

Prof. Frederic Jurie,
Res. Dir. Cordelia Schmid,

* Recent PhD (preferably in Computer Science, computer vision, machine learning or Applied Mathematics)
* Solid programming skills; the project involves programming in Matlab and C++
* Solid mathematics knowledge (especially linear algebra and tatistics)
* Creative and highly motivated
* Fluent in English, both written and spoken
* Prior knowledge in the areas of computer vision, machine learning or data mining is a plus (ideally a Master thesis in a related field)

Please send applications via email, including:
* a complete CV including a list of publications
* graduation marks as well as rank
* the name and email address of three references

Applications should be sent to Frederic Jurie (

Applicants can be asked to do a short assignment in order to demonstrate their research abilities.

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[Comp-neuro] Fully funded PhD position in Groningen

PhD position Cognitive Modeling group (1,0 fte) (211167)


The Cognitive Modeling group is part of the ALICE research institute of the Department of Artificial Intelligence. The group has a world-class reputation in cognitive modeling, largely based on the ACT-R architecture. The PhD student will carry out his or her research within this group, but will also participate in the Graduate School of Science of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, and the School of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences.

Job description

This project will be part of a larger 5-year project "Towards safe and productive multitasking" that is funded by the European Research Council. The project as a whole will involve several research methodologies: human experimentation, fMRI research, computational cognitive modeling and the construction of applications that support multitasking. The team for this project will consist of two PhD students, a postdoc, and the primary investigator. The PhD student's role will consist of carrying out a subset of the tasks with a focus on sequential multitasking: how do people switch from one task to another, what motivates them to do so, and what are the costs and/or benefits of multitasking.

On request, we can also send you the full workplan for the ERC project. In that case, and for other questions, please contact Prof. Niels Taatgen.


A successful candidate has a Master's degree in Cognitive Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology, Artificial Intelligence or a related field, and has programming skills. Experience in running behavioral and/or fMRI experiments, or in modeling of cognition, is an advantage.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,042 gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of 2,612 gross per month in the final year. The appointment is for a period of four years, which should be finished with a PhD examination. The full time appointment is temporary for 1.5 years with the perspective of prolongation for another 2.5 years. After the first year, there will be an evaluation of the feasibility of successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years. A training programme within the Graduate School of Science is part of the agreement. You and your supervisor will make up a plan for additional education and supervising that is specific to your needs.

How to apply:
Send a cover letter (with professional goals and a statement of interest), a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation (PDF format) to the job application portal before November 18th, 2011, although applications received after the deadline may be considered.

Starting date: as soon as possible.


For information you can contact:
Prof. Niels Taatgen,

Additional information

Website Prof. Niels Taatgen
Cognitive Modeling group

Niels Taatgen - Professor
University of Groningen, Artificial Intelligence
Telephone: +31 50 3636435

[Comp-neuro] 9 Marie-Curie PhD and Postdoc positions across Europe: 1st round openings

9 Marie-Curie PhD and Postdoc positions across Europe: 1st round openings

Within the framework of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network  "NAMASEN", European top research centers seek to recruit 7 Early Stage Researcher (ESR) and 2 Experienced Researcher (ER) positions, as of January 1st, 2012.

We offer research training in Neuroelectronics and Nanotechnology: towards a Multidisciplinary Approach for the Science and Engineering of Biological Neuronal Networks.

A second round, for 2 more ESRs and 1 more ER, will be launched during 2012.

First-round application deadline: October 31st, 2011.

Appointments for Early Stage Researcher (Marie Curie Fellow) are full-time, fixed terms for three years, tenable from January 1st, 2012. Appointments for Experienced Researcher are full-time, fixed terms for two years, tenable from January 1st, 2012.
The Early Stage Researchers will receive supervision for the preparation of a PhD thesis and benefit from the combined resources of the NAMASEN Network.

[Description of NAMASEN]

NAMASEN is the acronym for an Initial Training Network (http://, funded by the European Commission under the FP7 Marie-Curie PEOPLE programme. Its ultimate mission is to lay the foundation of a virtual scientific institute for the multi-disciplinary study of Neuroengineering and Network-Neurosciences that will train a new generation of scientists and professionals and that will contribute to Europe's leading role in scientific innovation.

NAMASEN targets both technological and scientific priorities, such as the development of novel multi-electrode arrays and advanced interfaces that functionally interact with neurons and networks. NAMASEN investigates neuro-electronic hybrids as devices able to undergo a functional and anatomical reconfiguration, on the basis of the activity-dependent plasticity and rewiring properties of neurons, under some control by the experimenter.

The NAMASEN ITN Network consists of the 10 academic and 3 industrial partners: the University of Antwerp (Belgium), The University of Sheffield (UK), the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) at the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH, Greece), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne EPFL (Switzerland), the Italian Institute of Technology (Italy), the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology (Poland), the Interuniversity Center for Microelectronics IMEC (Belgium), the University of Freiburg (Germany), the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tuebingen (Germany), Janssen Pharmaceutica (Belgium), 2-Sight Europe (Switzerland), and Gersteltec Engineering Solutions (Switzerland).

Altogether 10 Early Stage Researchers (PhD researchers) and 3 Experienced Researchers (Postdocs) will be recruited during 2011-2012. As a part of their training experience, each researcher will be based in one country but will spend some of their time abroad during secondment periods within the network. Scientific and technological disciplines targeted by each position are diverse and heterogeneous, ranging from microfabrication and nanotechnologies, to experimental neurobiology and computational neuroscience. Individual openings, advertised on the electronic job application page of NAMASEN (, contain relevant information and links to the hosting institutions.

The NAMASEN ITN Network offers a unique research environment where leading academics will integrate accepted applicants into their research teams, providing a top-notch structured training programme in Neuroelectronics, Neuroengineering, and Nanotechnologies. Academic partners within the NAMASEN ITN Network will support the Early Stage Researchers to work successfully towards a PhD defense.

More information on the NAMASEN ITN Network and its job openings can be found at:

[Salary and Benefits for the Positions]

The Researchers will be appointed on a full-time temporary contacts, for a period of three years (ESRs) or two years (ERs), including a two-to-six-month secondments at different NAMASEN partner.
The Researcher will be a Marie Curie fellow and will profit from all Marie Curie benefits, including living, mobility, travel, and career exploratory allowances according to the Marie Curie Framework 7 requirements (http://


Candidates for ESR positions must be, at the time of recruitment, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree, which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided. In practice, this means they should not have obtained any degree before 31st December 2007 that would entitle them to enroll for a doctorate. In general, this is usually a suitably qualifying Masters degree.

Candidates for ER positions must not have worked in a research position / received research training for more than 5 years of their undergraduate degree. The undergraduate degree is the first degree, which allowed them to embark on a PhD program, typically a BA or BSc. Years since the undergraduate degree working outside research do not count.

Candidates are normally required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. At the time of recruitment by the host organization, candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organization (i.e. depending on the NAMASEN network partner to apply for) for more than 12 months between 1 November 2008 and 31 December 2011.

Applicants for the position at NAMASEN may be a national of any Member State of the European Union, of any Associated Country or of any other third country, but they may not be a national of the hosting country.

Availability to travel (including internationally), for the purpose of the research and training activities, is a requirement for the positions.

[Applications and Enquiries]

Candidates are invited to apply to the vacancies. Candidates are also requested to submit their CV in English (max. 5 pages), max. 10 academic publications (in English), including an electronic copy of university diploma (translated to English). A cover letter is also required, where motivations to apply to the NAMASEN consortium in general and to an individual partner, in particular, must be stated clearly. Spam applications will be trashed.

Formal applications should be made through the NAMASEN consortium and should be sent by means of the website

Final decisions will be taken upon joint consultations within the NAMASEN Supervisory Board.
Informal inquiries concerning the individual positions may be addressed to contact people indicated on online job electronic application forms at

-- Dr Eleni Vasilaki, Lecturer

[Comp-neuro] Post-Doc in Machine Learning for Behaviourmetrics at Imperial College

Machine Learning for disease Behaviourmetrics


Osteoarthritis, specifically of the knee joint affects 8.5 million people in the UK alone, and with a rapidly ageing population the cost-effective diagnosis, understanding and treatment of the disease is becoming rapidly more important. In this context the Human Performance Group led by Professor Alison McGregor works on joint kinetics, kinematics and motor control of the knee as part of the Medical Engineering Solutions in Osteoarthritis Centre of Excellence in the Biodynamics Laboratory at the Charing Cross Hospital Campus (Hammersmith).


In collaboration with the Machine Learning & Motor control group headed by Dr Aldo Faisal (Department of Computing & Department of Bioengineering), we want to explore the feasibility of machine learning techniques, such as latent variable models of time series, to classify and analyse both motor control and joint kinematics (motion) time data to detect the early onset of Osteoarthritis. The aim is to develop biomarkers of disease that are defined not 'by eye' but instead in a principled way by machine learning techniques. 


This project is part of a greater research program, as Imperial College has been awarded almost £11million over 5 years by the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC for a Medical Engineering Solutions in Osteoarthritis Centre of Excellence.  There are a number of departments, divisions and institutes across Imperial College participating in this Centre which will bring together a critical mass of engineers, clinicians and basic scientists, collaborating to use technology to improve the diagnosis, understanding, surgical management and rehabilitative treatment of osteoarthritis. 


As part of this exciting new initiative applications are invited for a Research Associate to work on a 1-year pilot project that will focus on exploring the use of advanced machine learning techniques. The successful applicant will work between the Charing Cross Campus, located in Hammersmith (Clinical group) and the South Kensington Campus (Engineering group).


Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent qualification in computing, physics, engineering or maths and have significant training and experience in machine learning or related fields, such as time series analysis, speech processing or computational neuroscience.


For an informal discussion please contact Professor Alison McGregor email

( or Dr Aldo Faisal (


Our preferred method of application is online via our website Please complete and upload an application form as directed.


Reference number: SM126-11

Research Associate

Salary Range: £27,400 - £34,820 per annum


Closing date: Till filled

Dr Aldo Faisal
Ass. Professor in Neurotechnology

Sensorimotor Learning Lab (Bioengineerig)
& Machine Learning Group (Computing)

Dept. of Bioengineering
& Dept. of Computing

Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus
London, SW7 2AZ
Tel:  +44 20 759 46373
Fax: +44 20 759 49817

[Comp-neuro] Computational Neuroscience Social at SFN

Dear Friends, dear Colleagues,

Join us for the increasingly popular Computational Neuroscience Social
at the Society for Neuroscience meeting! Information on computational
neuroscience conferences, summer schools, publications, and web
resources will be provided, but mainly we will just socialize and
network and enjoy each other's company in an informal setting.
Everybody is welcome!

Special guests: I. Fiete, L. Graham, B. Ermentrout J. Rinzel E.
Izhikevich, T. Sejnowski, C. Koch A. Destexhe, K. Miller, X.-J. Wang,
G. La Camera, F. Wolf
Time: Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 6:45 PM-8:45 PM
Location: Congressional Hall A & B

Hope to see you all at the social!

Claudia Clopath
Claudia Clopath
Université Paris Descartes

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[Comp-neuro] post-doc position available at the University of Genova

We are seeking highly motivated candidates for a post-doctoral position (2 years) at the Neuroengineering and Bio-Nano Technology Group (NBT), University of Genova, Genova, ITALY.


The candidate will be involved in the recently funded European Project BRAIN-BOW. It is a great chance to join this project since it is the first ever funded project in the call “FET Young Explorers”. A tight interaction with young and dynamic high-level partners of the consortium (University of Bordeaux, France; Italian Institute of Technology, Italy; University of Tel Aviv, Israel) is foreseen.


The project has the ambitious goal to study and develop a new class of neuroprosthetic devices  aimed at treating those diseases where a portion of brain tissue is damaged. The main aim is to develop a proof-of-concept in which at in vitro level a neuronal assembly is connected  to an artificial system (a neuromorphic chip) mimicking a lost neuronal functionality and substituting a biological counterpart (i.e., an in-vitro neuronal  assembly).

In particular, the candidate will be devoted to develop large-scale computational models of neuronal networks to be dynamically and bidirectionally interfaced to biological assemblies. Such artificial network models will allow to substitute a real assembly with a simulated one.



Candidates must have 1) a PhD in computational neuroscience, physics, engineering, mathematics or a related field; 2) Excellent programming skills in C++/C#, Python or Neuron; 3) a published record of research in the field of computational neuroscience; 4) Experience in electrophysiology is a plus.


Deadline for submitting the application is December 16th 2011. The selected candidates will be contacted for a further interview at the beginning of 2012. The earliest possible starting date is March 1st 2012 and the position will last for 2 years (possible extension to 3 years).


Our research group has a long tradition in studying network dynamics and plasticity in neuronal assemblies by using planar micro-electrode arrays (MEAs). See for example the following papers: Massobrio and Martinoia, J. Neural Eng., 2008, Pasquale, et al., Neuroscience, 2008; Chiappalone, et al., Eur. J. Neurosci., 2008; Massobrio, et al., Neurosci. Lett., 2009; Garofalo, et al., PLoS ONE, 2009.


Our labs are located in Genova, a small beautiful town in northern Italy, both from historical (its historical center is the largest of Europe) and naturalistic point of view (sea and mountains coexist creating a unique landscape). Genova is only 1.30h away from Milan by train and connected by plane to Rome (1.00h), London (2h) and Paris (1.30h).


Applications must include an extended CV, a motivation letter, the most relevant papers and names and addresses of two references. If you are interested, please send your application to:


Dr. Paolo Massobrio


Tel: +39-010-3532761


Prof. Sergio Martinoia


Tel: +39-010-3532251


Paolo Massobrio, PhD
ering and Bio-Nano Technology - NBT - Group
Department of Biophysical and Electronic Engineering - DIBE
University of Genova
Via Opera Pia 11A, 16145, GENOVA, ITALY
Phone: +39-010-3532761
Fax: +39-010-3532764



Sunday, October 23, 2011

[Comp-neuro] COSYNE 2012: abstract submission opens TOMORROW (Oct 24)


Computational and Systems Neuroscience (Cosyne)

Feb 23 - 26, 2012 Feb 27 - 28, 2012
Salt Lake City, Utah Snowbird Ski Resort, Utah


The annual Cosyne meeting provides an inclusive forum for the exchange of
empirical and theoretical approaches to problems in systems neuroscience, in
order to understand how neural systems function.

The MAIN MEETING is single-track. A set of invited talks are selected by the
Executive Committee, and additional talks and posters are selected by the
Program Committee, based on submitted abstracts. The WORKSHOPS feature
discussion of current topics of interest, in a small group setting.

Cosyne topics include but are not limited to: neural coding, natural scene
statistics, dendritic computation, neural basis of persistent activity,
nonlinear receptive field mapping, representations of time and sequence,
systems, decision-making, synaptic plasticity, map formation and plasticity,
population coding, attention, and computation with spiking networks.

Abstract submission opens: 24 Oct 2011
Abstract submission deadline: 23 Nov 2011


John Assad
Michael Brecht
Emery Brown
Nicolas Brunel
Stefano Fusi
Tom Griffiths
Takao Hensch
Zach Mainen
Fred Rieke
Rebecca Saxe
Noam Sobel
Sarah Woolley

When preparing an abstract, authors should be aware that not all
abstracts can be accepted for the meeting, due to space constraints.
Abstracts will be selected based on the clarity with which they convey
the substance, significance, and originality of the work to be presented.

General Chairs: Rachel Wilson (Harvard) and Jim DiCarlo (MIT)
Program Chairs: Nicole Rust (Penn) and Jonathan Pillow (UT Austin)
Workshop Chairs: Brent Doiron (Pittsburgh) and Jess Cardin (Yale)
Publicity Chair: Mark Histed (Harvard Medical School)

Anthony Zador (CSHL)
Alexandre Pouget (U Rochester)
Zachary Mainen (Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme)
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Saturday, October 22, 2011

[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral position in Neurophysiology

One postdoctoral position is available in the group of Prof. Aldo Genovesio.

Applicants are invited to apply for a three years postdoctoral position in the field of Behavioral Neurophysiology with the focus on the study of the

Prefrontal Cortex of Primates. The ideal candidate should have a doctoral degree, in a relevant discipline (Neurophysiology, Computational Neuroscience,

Cognitive Neuroscience).

Good Quantitative and Programming skills in Matlab or C/C++ are required.

Good communication and social skills are also important for working with the members of the laboratory.

The work will be performed at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology of the University of Roma "La Sapienza" in Rome Italy.

For more information about the Department look at

The appointment can start approximately around March 2012 and the salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications including a CV, a motivation letter and the names of two references must be sent electronically to Aldo Genovesio (

The post will be funded three years by a FIRB grant (Futuro in Ricerca). The postdoc will be supervised

by Prof. Aldo Genovesio  (

Selected Recent Relevant Publications:

[1] Tsujimoto, S., Genovesio, A., Wise, S.P. (2011) The Frontal Pole Cortex: Encoding Ends at the End of the Endbrain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 15, 169-176.

[2] Tsujimoto, S., Genovesio, A., Wise, S.P. (2010). Evaluating self-generated decisions in frontal pole cortex of monkeys. Nat Neurosci.  13, 120-126.

[3] Genovesio, A., Brasted, P.G., Wise, S.P. (2006). Representation of future and previous goals by separate neural populations in prefrontal cortex.  J Neurosci. 26, 7305-7316.

[4] Genovesio A., Brasted, P.G., Mitz, A.R., Wise, S.P. (2005). Prefrontal cortex activity related to abstract response strategies. Neuron. 47, 307-320.


Friday, October 21, 2011

[Comp-neuro] Clarification to my previous post.

Dear colleagues,

My deep apologies. I would like to clarify my previous posting regarding the availability of postdoctoral positions. I posted the advertisement on behalf of Prof. Carmen C Canavier.

The postdoctoral positions are in Prof. Carment C. Canavier's lab at LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans. If you are interested, please email Prof. Canavier directly at

Ruben Tikidji-Hamburyan

[Comp-neuro] Call for Workshop Proposals - Neuroinformatics 2012

5th INCF Congress of Neuroinformatics: Munich, Sept 10 - 12, 2012

Call for Workshop Proposals!

Neuroinformatics 2012 will feature three workshops organized by the program committee and an additional three parallel workshops which will be selected from submitted proposals. This is a tremendous opportunity to host your own workshop with the topic and speakers of your choice!



Neuroinformatics 2012 regular workshops:
  1. Function-structure relationship in microcircuitry (Chair: Keiji Tanaka)
  2. Systems Biology of the Neuron (Chair: Mary Kennedy)
  3. If there is a data deluge, where is the data? (Chair: Tim Clark)

Most welcome to Munich in September!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

[Comp-neuro] Several postdoctoral positions are available in Computational Neuroscience at LSUHSC

Apologies for cross posting.

Several postdoctoral positions are available immediately in Computational Neuroscience to study the nonlinear dynamics of single neurons and neural networks at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Topics  range from synchrony and patterning in the presence of noise and heterogeneity using phase resetting techniques, to integration of synaptic inputs in dendrites, to the interaction between intrinsic  and synaptic dynamics in the generation of the firing pattern. Active collaborations with experimentalists and clinicians  provide an opportunity to analyze biological data in order to formulate and test hypotheses.  A PhD in engineering, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, computer science or a related field  is required. Some  background in neuroscience is preferred. Please send a CV and the contact information for two or three references to Dr. Carmen Canavier at in order to apply for a  position.

[Comp-neuro] NSF Position Available in Cognitive Neuroscience

The Cognitive Neuroscience program at the National Science Foundation is seeking a Program Officer for a “rotator” position. The position description has been posted on USAjobs at



For people unfamiliar with the NSF Rotator Program, it allows a faculty member or advanced Research Scientist to come to Washington for a year or two and assume the role and responsibilities of a program officer.  They are both Program and Review (in NIH terms), run the review meetings ("Panels" at NSF), and make funding decisions.  One year is a bit too short to do anything truly innovative, such as start a new program, but with a two-year stint you can have a permanent effect in shaping the field.


That is how many people start in science administration. Others go back to their university much better informed about funding opportunities and about how NSF works.


Important note:  You don't have to 'waste' a sabbatical to do it, as most institutions will allow you to take a leave of absence (the NSF pays your full salary either through your university or as a federal employee, often with a cost-of-living adjustments and a per diem for diem in the DC area, away from your primary residence).  You will learn a lot about how the grants process works, and get to enjoy all that Washington has to offer.


Please forward this announcement to anyone you think might be interested.  


Apologies for multiple postings




Betty Tuller, Ph.D.
Director, Program in Perception, Action, and Cognition
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22230
Tel: 703.292.7238
Fax: 703.292.9068


* A new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide effective for submissions after June 6, 2011 is now available at This includes a new requirement for submission of a data management plan (DMP). Proposals that do not include a DMP will not be able to be submitted.  For more information about this new requirement, please see the Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter II.C.2.j and the Data Management and Sharing Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs). Please note: the SBE Directorate has additional guidance for proposals submitted to SBE programs, please see Data Management for NSF SBE Directorate Proposals and Awards.


In addition to the Intellectual Merit criterion, all proposals are evaluated on the Broader Impacts criterion.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

[Comp-neuro] SAB 2012 Odense 27-31 August 2012



The 12th International Conference on the SIMULATION OF ADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR (SAB'12)
27-31 August 2012, Odense, Denmark

(coming soon) (coming soon)

Conference Chairs: John Hallam, Christian Balkenius, Tom Ziemke
Local Organizers : John Hallam, TBD

Call for workshop deadline, April 2nd, 2012
Paper submission deadline, February 20th, 2012
Conference dates, August 28th-30th, 2012
Workshops date, August 27th and 31st, 2012

The objective of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring
together researchers in computer science, artificial intelligence,
alife, control, robotics, neurosciences, ethology, evolutionary
biology, and related fields so as to further our understanding of the
behaviors and underlying mechanisms that allow natural and artificial
animals to adapt and survive in uncertain environments. The conference
will focus on experiments with well-defined models --- robot models,
computer simulation models, mathematical models --- designed to help
characterize and compare various organizational principles or
architectures underlying adaptive behavior in real animals and in
synthetic agents, the animats.

Contributions treating any of the following topics from the perspective
of adaptive behavior will receive special emphasis:

The Animat approach
Motor control
Body and brain co-evolution
Self-assembling and self-replication
Sensory-motor coordination
Action selection and behavioral sequencing
Navigation and mapping
Internal models and representation
Evolution, development and learning
Motivation and emotion
Collective and social behavior
Communication and language
Emergent structures and behaviors
Neural correlates of behavior
Evolutionary and co-evolutionary approaches
Bio-inspired and hybrid robotics
Autonomous robotics
Humanoid robotics
Cognitive and developmental robotics
Software agents and virtual creatures
Applied adaptive behavior
Animats in education
Philosophical and psychological issues

Authors should make every effort to suggest implications of their work
for both natural and artificial animals, and to distinguish the portions
of their work which use simulation from those using a physical agent.

Papers that do not deal explicitly with adaptive behavior will be

Following the tradition of SAB conferences, the conference will be
single track, with additional poster sessions. Each poster session
will start with poster spotlights giving presenters the opportunity to
orally present their main results.

Springer Lecture Notes on Artificial Intelligence
Both oral and poster presentations will be published in the conference
proceedings. Selected authors may additionally be invited to submit
extended versions for a conference Special Issue of the Journal of
Adaptive Behavior.

Submitted papers must not exceed 10 pages (double columns).
Detailed submission instructions will be available from the
conference Web site.

Please contact us at

John Hallam, Christian Balkenius, Tom Ziemke
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