Monday, December 17, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral position – Learning and forgetting in the fruit fly

A postdoctoral position is available in the Computational Neuroscience lab of Walter Senn (University of Bern, Switzerland).

The position is part of a joint project with the Drosophila Neurogenetics lab of Simon Sprecher (
University of Fribourg, Switzerland).  

The project investigates neuronal mechanisms of learning and forgetting in the fruit fly on different time scales. It combines a theoretical approach to the phenomenon of active forgetting with behavioral and neurogenetic experiments. The theory of reinforcement learning with spiking neurons shall be extended to cope with a dynamically changing environment, and a mechanistic network model shall be developed to explain behavioral data.   

The position provides a highly competitive salary for a duration of 3 years, extendable, with
Bern as the capital of Switzerland being a beautiful and interesting place to live. Starting date flexible, if possible early 2013.

Ideal candidates have a PhD in computational neuroscience with a strong background in theory (machine learning, reinforcement learning, neuronal / Bayesian modeling).

Please email CV with scientific record, a statement of research interests (maximally 1 page) and 2 reference letters to Walter Senn ( Reviewing of the applications starts on
January 7, 2013.

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