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Postdoc in Computational Neuroscience - Priority Program 2041 Computational Connectomics

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    Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    23/05/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Germany › Jülich
    To be defined


Work group:

INM-6 - Computational and Systems Neuroscience

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:

The Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM) at the Jülich Research Center in Germany investigates the structure and function of the brain. The subinstitute INM-6 consists of 6 groups that conduct research in the field of computational and systems neuroscience. The Priority Program "Computational Connectomics" is a Germany-wide collaboration aiming at comprehensive descriptions of neuronal network connectivity and insight into its relationships to brain dynamics and function. The candidate will strengthen our team in the project “Cellular, connectional and molecular heterogeneity in a large-scale computational model of the human cerebral cortex”, which is embedded in the context of the Priority Program. It will be supervised by Prof. Sacha van Albada and is a collaboration with Dr. Alexandros Goulas (UKE Hamburg) and Dr. Timo Dickscheid (INM-1, Jülich Research Center). This collaboration links cytoarchitecture (Dr. Dickscheid) to connectomics (Dr. Goulas) and finally cortical network dynamics (Prof. van Albada). Simulations using the neural network simulation tool NEST on the Jülich supercomputers provide the unique opportunity for investigating spiking cortical models at the full density of neurons and synapses.

Your Job:

  • Extending and refining a large-scale spiking neural network model of human cerebral cortex
  • Investigating the origins of area- and layer-specific cortical timescales and oscillations
  • Supervising PhD and Master students
  • Maintaining active collaborations with project partners
  • Writing, documenting, and publishing high-quality simulation, analysis, and visualization scripts
  • Presenting project results at national and international conferences
  • Publishing project results in peer-reviewed international journals

Your Profile:

  • Completed study (Master) in natural sciences, computer science or mathematics
  • PhD in computational neuroscience
  • Extensive experience with neural network simulations and analytical mean-field theory
  • Excellent knowledge of cortical anatomy and physiology
  • Structured and organized style of working
  • Fluent in English, spoken and written
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good social and student supervision skills
  • Willingness to travel

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:

  • Comprehensive training courses and individual opportunities for personal and professional further development
  • Extensive company health management
  • Ideal conditions for balancing work and private life, as well as a family-friendly corporate policy
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours and 30 days of annual leave
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

We offer you an exciting and varied role in an international and interdisciplinary working environment. The position is initially for a fixed term of 1 year, with possible long-term prospects. Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Depending on the applicant`s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks, salary grade EG 13 TVöD-Bund.Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.

Work location(s)
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EURAXESS offer ID: 613428
Posting organisation offer ID: 2021-091


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