Wednesday, May 22, 2013

[Comp-neuro] Two Marie Curie PhD Positions

Two Early Stage Researcher (PhD fellowship) positions in Neural Engineering

Collective dynamics of brain circuits.

From £33,380 - £40,061 per annum

Applications are invited for the above posts to work on a Marie Curie
Initial Training Network funded project in Neural Engineering at
Imperial College on coding of sensory information in mammalian cortical
circuits. The successful candidate will register for a 3 year PhD in the
Department of Bioengineering.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to an EU funded project in
Neural Engineering with a focus on understanding neural computation. The
Neural Coding Laboratory at Imperial College London is developing
cutting edge optical technology for studying how information is encoded
and processed in mammalian cortical circuits.

The first position (ESR12) will involve working with Dr Simon Schultz,
developing and using novel multiphoton calcium imaging technology to
record the activity of large-scale populations of neurons in vitro and
in vivo. Preference for this position will be given to candidates with
experience with multiphoton imaging or neurophysiological recording
techniques, and good quantitative skills.

The second position (ESR13) will involve working with Dr Simon Schultz
and Dr Anil Bharath to develop novel theoretical approaches for the
analysis of large-scale neural recordings, with a particular focus on
multiphoton imaging data. The theoretical approach we take will make use
of techniques from information theory, nonlinear dynamical systems,
signal processing and image processing / computer vision. A strong first
degree in engineering, mathematics or the physical sciences is essential
for this position. Preference will be given to candidates with
experience working within a neuroscience research environment.

The ultimate aim of this work is to understand the general principles
underlying information processing operations performed by the mammalian
cortical circuit.

The fellowship includes the possibility of a secondment to an academic
partner institution within the consortium, and/or an internship at an
industrial partner organization. Candidates must be 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. 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 2013. The positions are open to EU nationals.

These full-time posts are available from the 1st September 2013 and will
be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 36 months.

Please apply by searching for position EN20130195FH on the Imperial
College Employment website,
Please ensure that your course grades are included with the application
material. To discuss the position, you may contact
Dr Simon Schultz, email: For more information
about the laboratory and research group, see
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