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PhDs and Postdocs in Theoretical Neuroscience

The newly formed Max Planck Research Group "Theoretical Neuroscience" headed by Robert Gütig is seeking highly motivated researchers (PhDs and postdocs) to study information processing in spiking neuronal networks.

We use analytical and numerical modeling techniques to identify the computational principles underlying spike based information processing and learning in central nervous systems. We focus on the role of action potential timing in subserving sensory neuronal representations and computation as well as in controlling synaptic plasticity. Open projects center around the recently developed tempotron family of spiking neuronal network models (Guetig & Sompolinsky, Nat. Neurosci. 2006) and cover a broad range of topics including mathematical analyzes of information processing in spiking neuronal networks, spike-based learning in single and multi-layer neuronal networks, sensory spike data analysis, temporal processing with short term synaptic dynamics, as well as applied development of visual and speech processing systems.

The positions are available immediately. Applicants should have a strong background in physics, mathematics, computer science, computational neuroscience or a related field and a keen interest in neurobiology and systems neuroscience. Good programming skills (C, Python, Matlab) are important and experience with numerical simulations highly beneficial. Previous exposure to neuroscience is preferred but not required. Applications will be considered until all positions are filled.

Please send your application or further questions to Robert Gütig (guetig@em.mpg.de) including a cover letter, a detailed CV, a statement of research experiences and interests and the names and contact information of at least two referees.

Göttingen provides a vibrant and stimulating neuroscience community with a strong background in both, experimental and computational neuroscience. Graduate students can choose among a large number of PhD programs of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences.