10/01/2019
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

POST-DOCTORAL POSITION IN COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE (REF. 19-0901-1517)

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Mathematics
    Neurosciences
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/02/2019 02:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Bellaterra
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37,5
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/04/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    FLAG-ERA JTC 2017
  • IS THE JOB RELATED TO STAFF POSITION WITHIN A RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE?
    Yes

The CRM is seeking for a postdoctoral researcher with strong technical skills to join the project HIPPOPLAST (FLAG-ERA JTC 2017), funded by the European Commission. The contract is expected to start in April 1st, 2019, and will finish at the end of the tasks required in this position for the project, likely September 31st, 2021.

TASKS

The post-doctoral researcher will be involved in developing computational models in the framework of a Flag-Era project of the Human Brain Project, in collaboration with experimental groups located in Marseille and Budapest. The goal of the theoretical group, located in Barcelona, is to understand the computational benefits for navigational strategies of mixing rigid and plastic neurons into the same hippocampal network. This theoretical project itself is comprised of three separate objectives:

  1. The relative contributions of network heterogeneity versus single-cell diversity in generating plastic and rigid assemblies.
  2. How diversity affects the fidelity of the place-cell code: an information theoretic study.
  3. How diversity shapes replay in hippocampal networks.

Our end goal will be to provide a predictive model that combines all the experimental data sets from our experimental collaborators. While our work will specifically address hippocampal place-cell dynamics, we will also seek to gain insight into possible fundamental computational advantages of heterogeneity in neuronal networks in general.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • PhD in physics, computational neuroscience or a related field.
  • Experience in modelling large-scale networks of spiking neurons.
  • Experience in combined use of analytical and numerical techniques.
  • Experience in continuation methods.
  • Written and spoken English (proficiency level).

ASSESSABLE CONDITIONS

  • Proved knowledge in programming (FORTRAN, Python, Matlab).
  • Proved knowledge in text preparation with LaTeX.
  • The candidate's merit and potential for successful research while at the CRM, as evidenced by previous research experience.
  • The information given by the candidate on the application form, and in particular the motivation letter.

CONTRACT CONDITIONS

The postdoctoral researcher contract will be for 30 months, subject to a positive evaluation of the supervisor. The gross salary will be between 26.000€ and 30.000€ per year.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The selection process is led by the research project team, and will be overseen by the Director and Manager of the CRM. This process consist of:

  1. Admission of candidates: applicants must submit a résumé, a cover letter (maximum 500 words) and the questionnaire attached to the offer, by e-mail to crm@crm.cat, until February 15th at 2:00 p.m., indicating the reference code of the offer. Applications referred to another portal, other than CRM job openings section and the instructions included in this, will not be accepted.
  2. Pre-selection: determination of compliance with the minimum requirements of the offer.
  3. Selection: assessment of the preselected candidates by scoring based on objective criteria.
  4. Final decision: in case of finding the suitable person, the election will be formally communicated to him/her, and the identification of the chosen person will be published on CRM job openings section.

Benefits

CONTRACT CONDITIONS

The postdoctoral researcher contract will be for 30 months, subject to a positive evaluation of the supervisor. The gross salary will be between 26.000€ and 30.000€ per year.

Eligibility criteria

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The selection process is led by the research project team, and will be overseen by the Director and Manager of the CRM. This process consist of:

1) Admission of candidates: applicants must submit a résumé, a cover letter (maximum 500 words) and the questionnaire attached to the offer, by e-mail to crm@crm.cat, until February 15th at 2:00 p.m., indicating the reference code of the offer. Applications referred to another portal, other than CRM job openings section and the instructions included in this, will not be accepted.

2) Pre-selection: determination of compliance with the minimum requirements of the offer.

3) Selection: assessment of the preselected candidates by scoring based on objective criteria.

4) Final decision: in case of finding the suitable person, the election will be formally communicated to him/her, and the identification of the chosen person will be published on CRM job openings section.

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Physics: PhD or equivalent
    Neurosciences: PhD or equivalent
    Mathematics: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

 PhD in physics, computational neuroscience or a related field.

 Experience in modelling large-scale networks of spiking neurons.

 Experience in combined use of analytical and numerical techniques.

 Experience in continuation methods.

 Written and spoken English (proficiency level).

Specific Requirements

 Proved knowledge in programming (FORTRAN, Python, Matlab).

 Proved knowledge in text preparation with LaTeX.

 The candidate's merit and potential for successful research while at the CRM, as evidenced by previous research experience.

 The information given by the candidate on the application form, and in particular the motivation letter.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Spain
Barcelona
Bellaterra
08193
Centre de Recerca Matemàtica, Campus de Bellaterra, Edifici C

EURAXESS offer ID: 369306

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