Tuesday, July 31, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral positions open at the Circuit Dynamics and Computation Lab in the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme in Lisbon, Portugal

Applications for highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals are sought for two postdoctoral position openings in the Circuit Dynamics and Computation laboratory led by Alfonso Renart at the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, in Lisbon, Portugal. The lab is interested in identifying generic principles governing the dynamics of cortical circuits and the way in which they produce function

The work will take place in the context of a collaborative project "The mechanistic basis of working memory in prefrontal cortical circuits" funded by the Human Frontier Research Project which also involves the labs of Paul Chadderton (Imperial College London, London) and Sebastian Royer (Center for Functional Connectomics, Seoul, Korea). The overall goal of the project is to combine state of the art techniques for recording and manipulating neural activity during behavior and theoretical analysis, in order to establish the dynamical basis of memory traces holding information about external events. One of the positions will be for modeling/data-analysis and the other one for performing population recordings in awake-behaving mice.

The modeling/data-analysis position is targeted to the study of non-stationary memory traces. We would like to understand generic principles for producing time-varying patterns of activity in neuronal circuits, and to quantify the temporal evolution of activity from large populations of simultaneously recorded neurons. Experience in modeling of recurrent neural circuits and in machine learning techniques for extracting structure from high-dimensional data will be highly valued.

The experimental position is targeted to the recording and optical manipulation of population activity in the prefrontal cortex of awake behaving mice. Candidates with experience on in-vivo electrophysiology, ideally in awake behaving rodents, and/or optogenetics are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send applications (cover letter, CV and contact information of references) to alfonso.renart@neuro.fchampalimaud.org. Openings are available immediately and applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

The Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme (CNP) aims at establishing links between nervous system function of behavior. Our scientific goals are represented by the full intellectual scope of the scientists of the program. The CNP aspires to help scientists to reach their full creative potential and to promote collective achievements beyond those reachable by individual scientists or laboratory groups through cooperation and exchange but without sacrificing independence and diversity of thought. The institute is located at the beautiful waterfront of Lisbon, Portugal. Lisbon offers a sunny Atlantic-Mediterranean climate, affordable cost of living, and vibrant culture, with good public transportation, international schools and convenient housing options both within and outside the city center.

English is the official language of the institute.


Alfonso Renart, PhD

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Av. Brasília s/n (Doca de Pedrouços)
1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal

Monday, July 30, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Application deadline approaching: 10th Summer Course on Computational Neuroscience, Göttingen

*Application deadline: 6th August* of the tenth summer course on


September 03rd - 07th, 2012

organized by David Hofmann
Agostina Palmigiano
Maximilian Puelma-Touzel

The course is intended to provide graduate students and young
researchers from all parts of neuroscience with working knowledge of
theoretical and computational methods in neuroscience and to acquaint
them with recent developments in this field.
The course includes tutorials and lectures of the following researchers:

* Susanne Schreiber, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
* J. Michael Herrmann, University of Edinburgh, UK
* Surya Ganguli, Stanford University, USA
* Adrienne Fairhall, University of Washington, USA
* Matthias Bethge, Max-Planck-Institute for Biological Cybernetics,

The course takes place at the Department of Nonlinear Dynamics of the
Max-Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen.

A course fee of 100 Euro includes participation in the tutorials, study
materials, and part of the social events. The number of participants is
limited to 30. Course language is English.

To apply please fill out the application form at:
by *August 6, 2012*

Best wishes and looking forward to seeing you in Göttingen

David Hofmann

David Hofmann

Phone: +49-(0)551-5176-417
Mobile: +49-(0)176-28275472
Homepage: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/119797.html

Max Planck Institut for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Department for Nonlinear Dynamics
Am Faßberg 17, 37077 Göttingen

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[Comp-neuro] CfP: BBCI Workshop 2012 - Submission Extended


Call for Participation
Call for Poster Submissions

BBCI Workshop 2012 on Advances in Neurotechnology
September 17-19, Berlin, Germany

Official: http://bbci12.ml.tu-berlin.de/


Important Dates

Submission Date: 2012-08-12
Notification of Acceptance: 2012-08-17
Workshop Date: 2012-09-17 - 2012-09-19


Bernstein Focus: Neurotechnology (BFNT-B)
Humboldt University Berlin (HU)
Berlin Institute of Technology (TUB)
Charité - University Medicine Berlin
Bernstein Center Computational Neuroscience Berlin (BCCN-B)

- Benjamin Blankertz (chair), Berlin Institute of Technology
- Ulrich Egert, University of Freiburg
- Siamac Fazli (poster co-chair), Berlin Institute of Technology
- Dario Farina, University of Göttingen
- Stefan Haufe (poster co-chair), Berlin Institute of Technology
- Klaus-Robert Müller (chair), Berlin Institute of Technology
- Susanne Schreiber (co-chair), Humboldt University Berlin
- Michael Tangermann (poster chair), Berlin Institute of Technology
- Jochen Triesch, University of Frankfurt

Matthias L. Jugel, BFNT-B/Industry
Imke Weitkamp, BFNT-B/Coordination


Different approaches to Brain-Computer Interfaces have been developed,
each one with specific solutions that range from understanding and
explaining cognitive functions over communicating with real and
virtual environments by thought alone to real-time monitoring of
cognitive states.

The Advances in Neurotechnology Workshop presents an overview,
in-depth tutorials and discussions on the latest research at all
levels of Neurotechnology and BCI research. What is presented will
cover invasive recording, semi-invasive ECoG, non-invasive EEG,
non-invasive NIRS and fMRI measurement and potential combinations of
the different methods. Additional focus will be devoted to advances in
data analysis.

The poster session following the tutorials will cross over into the
BBCI barbecue, smoothing discussions with drinks and food.

Following the workshop there will be a summerschool on selected
topics in BCI and neurotechnology from September 20th to 28th.
It has educational tutorials in the morning session (two tutorials
of 2h each, held by internationally renowned researchers), and
practical hand-ons sessions in the afternoon. The practical sessions
are partly multi-track and will allow researchers in BCI/neurotechnology
to complement their expertise in the interdisciplinary field.


Please send your posters (in PDF) or abstracts (max. 2 pages, PDF or
plain text) to the poster chair Michael Tangermann
<bbci12posters@ml.tu-berlin.de>, no later than 2012-07-30.

Poster size should be a maximum of A0 (width x height: 841mm × 1189mm)

Confirmed Speakers

- Felix Biessmann, Berlin Institute of Technology
- Benjamin Blankertz, Berlin Institute of Technology
- Mark Cohen, UCLA
- Tom Eichele, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway
- Dario Farina, BFNT Göttingen
- Rainer Goebel, University Maastricht
- John-Dylan Haynes, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience
- Bo Hong, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
- Yukiyasu Kamitani, ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, Kyoto
- Motoaki Kawanabe, ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, Kyoto
- Christof Koch, California Institute of Technology
- Andrea Kübler, Universität Würzburg
- Seong-Whan Lee, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Engineering, Korea
- Donatella Mattia, Fondazione Santa Lucia, IRCCS, Italy
- José del R. Millán, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
- Klaus-Robert Müller, Berlin Institute of Technology
- Gernot Müller-Putz, TU Graz
- Gerwin Schalk, Wadsworth Center


Audimax der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6 /
Dorotheenstr. 17-19, Berlin, Germany

Workshop Fees

Business: 300 EUR
Standard: 250 EUR

* Early Registration Discount (until 2012-08-19)

Academic : 200 EUR
Bernstein: 100 EUR
Students : 50 EUR


The workshop is supported by the Bernstein Focus: Neurotechnology Berlin._______________________________________________
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

[Comp-neuro] CU Boulder Tenure Track Position: Computational Approaches to Cognition

Computational Approaches to Cognition, tenure track position

The Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in computational approaches to cognitive and/or affective processes at the assistant professor level with a starting date of Fall 2013. The Institute is a multidisciplinary unit with representation from the departments of Psychology & Neuroscience, Computer Science, Education, Philosophy, Linguistics, Architecture & Planning, and Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences.

We seek applicants with a strong research program in theoretical and technical aspects of computational science, preferably with prior experience or interest in integrating cognitive science with state-of-the-art computational approaches. For example, individuals who utilize machine learning and statistical techniques to understand cognitive processes, such as language or learning, or to analyze high dimensional data from methods, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, will be competitive for the position. Successful applicants could come from one of several fields, including cognitive science/cognitive neuroscience, computer science, statistics, biostatistics, physics, or other related disciplines. An ability for and commitment to interdisciplinary research is a priority, as is an approach that both exploits existing computational techniques to address questions relevant to cognitive science and advances machine-learning theory. Duties include research, research supervision, service, as well as graduate and undergraduate teaching.

Applicants are directed to the CU online job application website: www.jobsatcu.com; Job Posting Number 818695. At this site you will be asked for a curriculum vitae, copies of representative publications, a teaching statement, a research summary, and letter from three referees.

For fullest consideration, please apply by September 24th, 2012. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date until the position is filled. Email inquiries may be sent to Donna.Caccamise@colorado.edu.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator athr-ada@colorado.edu. The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment.

- Randy

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Friday, July 27, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Multiple ERC-funded PhD and postdoc potions in Brain Modelling in Crete (Poirazi lab)


3 PhD and 3 Postdoctoral positions funded by the ERC Starting Grant dEMORY are available as of October 1st 2012 at IMBB-FORTH in Crete, in the lab of Dr. Panayiota Poirazi.

PhD positions:

·        Available for 4 years each, funded by a full research scholarship.

·      Requirements: Bachelor + Master’s degree in a Neuroscience related field (Neuroscience, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Medicine)

Postdoctoral positions:

·        Available for 2+2 years, with a salary of 2,000-3,000 /month (net).

·        Requirements: Expertise in computational neuroscience, preferably in compartmental modeling and neural/dendritic computations.

THE PROJECT: Dissecting the Role of Dendrites in Memory

The goal of this work is to characterize the role of dendrites in learning and memory processes so as to formulate a unifying theory regarding their contribution in memory formation across brain regions and abstraction levels. This will be achieved via the development of computational models that start at the single cell level and expand to the microcircuit and the network level, while varying in their degree of biophysical detail. Models will express a distinct memory function, specific to the region they belong to: the hippocampus the prefrontal cortex or the amygdala. By manipulating the biophysical, anatomical and plasticity properties of dendrites and tracking the effect on memory, the project aims to infer the key rules by which these thin structures shape mnemonic processes. These rules will then form the basis for deducing theoretical abstractions of trainable neurons with dendrites. In conclusion, this research activity aims to cause a paradigm shift in the way we currently understand learning and memory processes, whereby the dendrites, as opposed to the single neuron, are the key players.

For a slide presentation of the project, please see: http://www.imbb.forth.gr/people/poirazi/drupal/sites/default/files/docs/ERC-STG-2012-dEMORY-Poirazi.pdf


The Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) is one of the top European Research Centers. It has ranked 1st in terms of high impact publications in Greece and 12th in the number of FP7 grants in Europe. It should be noted that since the establishment of the ERC grant scheme in 2007, a total of 28 scientists working in Greek Institutions have been awarded with such prestigious grants and 6 of them are located in Institutes of FORTH.


The Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) at FORTH is the top Biological Institute in Greece, in terms of high quality personnel, publications, infrastructure and competitive grants. IMBB-FORTH is located in Heraklion, one of the most ancient and historical Greek cities, on the picturesque island of Crete. Crete, the homeland of major artists, such as El Greco and Nikos Kazantzakis, impressively combines the outstanding geophysical variety (forests, mountains, gorges, and beaches) with its rich history of thousands of years, resulting in the well-known Cretan culture and cuisine.



The Computational Biology Laboratory at IMBB-FORTH performs research that is at the forefront of Computational Neuroscience. The work of Dr. Poirazi led to several high impact publications, some of which have shaped the field of dendritic computations. This work received prestigious awards, including the EMBO Young Investigator Award in 2005, 2 Marie Curie Fellowships and the European Research Council (ERC) starting grant in 2012.



Candidates that match the required profile will be continuously interviewed until the positions are filled. Candidates should send a resume and two (2) reference letters to poirazi[at]imbb.forth.gr. If possible, recommendations should be sent by the referees.

--     Panayiota Poirazi, Ph.D.  Research Associate Professor  Computational Biology Laboratory  Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB)  Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH)  Vassilika Vouton  P.O.Box 1385  GR 711 10 Heraklion, Crete  GREECE    Tel: +30 2810 391139  Fax: +30 2810 391101  Εmail: poirazi@imbb.forth.gr  URL: http://www.imbb.forth.gr/personal_page/poirazi.html