Marie Curie Postdoc Position 2014


Fully funded Postdoc position (Experienced Researcher) in Computational Neuroscience


New approaches for the analysis of neuronal spike trains


within the Marie Curie Initial Training Network - ‘Neural Engineering Transformative Technologies' (NETT) at the Institute of Complex Systems (ISC), CNR, Florence, Italy.

Gross Salary per annum: 64,701 € (Living Allowance) plus 9,290 - 13,272 € (Mobility Allowance) depending on the family situation.

Required title: PhD in Physics, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or Computational Neuroscience

Applications: See here for details

Closing date for the position: May 15, 2014


Applications are invited for the above post to work with Dr. Thomas Kreuz and Dr. Alessandro Torcini in the Computational Neuroscience group at ISC, Florence. This world leading group combines theoretical investigations (e.g., on non-trivial collective phenomena in neuronal populations) with practical applications (such as spike train analysis). The group is one of the main participants in the Center for the Study of Complex Dynamics (CSDC) created with the purpose of coordinating interdisciplinary training and research activities. CSDC researchers include physicists, control engineers, mathematicians, biologists and psychologists.

This full-time post will begin on the 1st of September 2014 (at the latest, no possibility of further delay) and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 24 months. The activity will include a six-month stay with NETT partner Prof. Bert Kappen at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands.

The Florence part of the project will mainly consist of two parts: Development of new approaches for (multivariate) data analysis and analysis of electrophysiological data (in particular neuronal spike trains). During the six-month stay in the Netherlands the project will be devoted to the applicability of methods derived from latent state models, sequential Monte Carlo sampling, and path integral control to analyze neural time-series data, such as spike trains.

The candidate should have a strong background in at least one of the following fields: computational neuroscience, data analysis, and nonlinear dynamics as well as solid experience in scientific programming (e.g. in Matlab, C, Python, Fortran).

Candidates must be in the first 5 years of their research careers (starting from the date of the MSc title) and already be in possession of a doctoral degree in physics, engineering, applied mathematics, or 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 Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to May 2014.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Thomas Kreuz (thomas.kreuz@cnr.it) and/or Dr. Alessandro Torcini (alessandro.torcini@cnr.it) prior to the formal application, details how to apply can be found here

Assessment and evaluation of the candidates for this position will be undertaken by the Chair of the Research Training Management Board (prof Stephen Coombes) in strict collaboration with the board members of the NETT consortium.