Monday, October 21, 2013

[Comp-neuro] Two postdoctoral positions: modeling and analysis of slow-wave oscillations

Applications are invited for two two-year postdoctoral positions at the Italian Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanità, ISS) in Rome to collaborate with Dr. Maurizio Mattia. The positions are funded by the project CORTICONIC from FP7 of European Commission (, and one of them will be co-supervised with Prof. Paolo Del Giudice (project PI for ISS). The project aims to identify the multiscale organization of the cortex by analyzing and modeling the generation and propagation of slow oscillations during sleep and anesthesia.

The postdoctoral researchers will develop models of cortical fields of interconnected pools of spiking neurons to reproduce slow-wave oscillations with propagation modes and variability comparable to the one observed in in vivo experiments on rodents. This will allow to infer more general features of the nervous tissue as an excitable medium and will inspire theory-driven innovative strategies for electrophysiological data analysis to perform in close collaboration with the laboratory of Prof. Maria-Victoria Sanchez-Vives in Barcelona.

The ideal applicants have a strong background in Physics or Applied Mathematics, with experience in modeling biological systems and in analyzing experimental data. Programming friendliness with MATLAB (or similar) is desirable. 

The contracts will start from the beginning of 2014 for full-time positions with salary based on standard Italian regulations for 3rd level researcher. The successful candidates will spend two years in ISS enjoying the awesome marvels of our Eternal City, and joining a growing group of researchers in theoretical neuroscience ( enriched by collaborations with theoretical physicists and neurophysiologists working on primates and humans at the nearby 'Sapienza' University of Rome.

To apply, send a brief statement of research interests, CV, and contact information for two references to and Informal inquiries are also welcome.



Maurizio Mattia, PhD

Complex Systems Modeling Sect.,
Technologies and Health Dept., phone : +39 06 49902513
Istituto Superiore di Sanità       fax : +39 06 49902137
v.le Regina Elena, 299             e-mail:
00161 Roma, Italy                   web :

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