Wednesday, November 21, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Marie Curie funded PhD position

Marie Curie Actions Early Stage Researcher (PhD fellowship)
Computational Neuroscience - Artificial recognition of sounds in complex scenes from auditory neuronal activity

As part of NETT - Neural Engineering Transformative Technologies (NETT) is a Europe-wide consortium of 18 universities, research institutes and private companies who together will host 17 PhD students and 3 postdoctoral researchers over the next 4 years.

From £35622 - £41567 depending on circumstance per annum

Applications are invited for the above post to work with Dr Chris Sumner and Professor S Coombes on a Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded project in Computational Neuroscience to underpin work at Nottingham on the coding of complex sound scenes in the auditory system.  The successful candidate will register for a 3 year PhD in the School of Mathematical Sciences.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a joint venture between Mathematical Sciences and the MRC Institute of Hearing Research, on an EU funded project in Neural Engineering with a focus on theoretical work to understand neural computation. The MRC Institute of Hearing Research is a world leading research institute conducting basic and applied work in hearing ( This project will develop algorithms for recognising complex sounds (e.g. speech, music) and mixtures of sounds from neural activity in the brain. It will use computer models of the auditory system, recordings of brain activity, pattern recognition and machine learning techniques to help design better recognition algorithms for recognising sounds from neural activity. The developed algorithms will be used to probe how the brain itself separates sound sources. Applications are encouraged from highly numerate students with degrees in engineering, maths and physics. 

The fellowship includes a flexible secondment, most likely in the second year, working with Dr Aristodemos Pnevmatikakis at Athens Information Technology in Greece.  It also includes a three-month visit to Universitat Polit├Ęcnica de Catalunya in Spain to work with Professor Jordi Garcia-Ojalvo.  Candidates must therefore be able to move between countries as necessary.

Candidates must be in the first 4 years of their research careers and not been awarded a doctorate degree.  Preference will be given to candidates with experience in mathematical and computational neuroscience.  As part of our commitment to promoting diversity we encourage applications from women. To comply with the Marie Curie Actions rule for mobility, applicants must not have resided, worked, or studied in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to Sept 2012.

This full-time post is available from the 1st January 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 36 months.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Chris Sumner (, Prof S Coombes (, or Dr Aristodemos Pnevmatikakis (  Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted.  For information about the School of Mathematical Sciences, one of the most active in the UK, see:

Applications will be received online at Please indicate clearly in your application that you are applying for the Early Stage Researcher position in Computational Neuroscience - Artificial recognition of sounds in complex scenes from auditory neuronal activity.

Closing date: 30 November 2012.
Stephen Coombes
Professor of Applied Mathematics

School of Mathematical Sciences
Nottingham, UK

Tel:  0115 846 7836
Fax: 0115 951 3837


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