NAMASEN fellow - PhD position offer
NOTE: This position has been filled.
The post is kept here for archival reasons.
PHD POSITION IN COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE
Extracellular potentials in neuroelectronic hybrids
The Neuroinformatics Laboratory (http://www.nencki.gov.pl/en/laboratory-of-neuroinformatics)
at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy
of Sciences (NENCKI, www.nencki.gov.pl),
headed by Dr. Daniel Wójcik (http://www.neuroinf.pl/Members/danek,
invites applications for a graduate student position (36 months
starting in October 2012) that will be available as part of the EC-FP7
Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) NAMASEN (Neuroelectronics
and Nanotechnology: towards a Multidisciplinary Approach for the
Science and Engineering of Neuronal Networks; http://www.namasen.net).
The position comes with very competitive salary and travel money, as
well as the possibility of extended visits to the participating groups.
The goal of the project is to develop models of extracellular
potentials in cell cultures and brain slices incorporating physical
properties of different interfaces developed by partners in the NAMASEN
network (http://www.namasen.net/). We will simulate electric field
that can be
measured in the tissue, generated by networks of cells with realistic
morphologies. We will combine classical simulators of neural
system (NEURON) with potential calculation in other tools (Python) and
consider effective models of tissue and
electrode-neuronal junction. The models will be tuned using the
available material and neural activity data from other NAMASEN partners
(UA, ALU, HUJI, IIT). We will build effective models of the interface
properties using a combination of computational modeling and techniques and tools for source identification and
separation from multi-electrode recordings on arbitrary distribution of
developed by us (Łęski et al. 2007, 2010, 2011; Potworowski et al. 2012). The
project will integrate with existing computational research in the lab
(modeling extracellular potential in the thalamocortical loop of the
rat somatosensory system). We will aim towards establishing a
for testing different recording setups and stimulation protocols in
silico, which will be shared with other partners.
During the project a rotation is planned with the lab of Prof. Ulrich
Egert in the University of Freiburg, Germany, which will enable the
development of a model of the interface between neural tissue and the
carbon-interfaced MEA, which will be later incorporated in the general
Requirements for PhD student candidates are:
- Strong interest in brain research, especially in understanding the brain-machine connection
- Preference for people with experience in one or more of:
numerical solutions of PDEs, electrodynamics, computational
neuroscience, nanomaterials, multielectrode recordings or technology
- Master of Science degree (or equivalent), preferrably in
physics/biophysics, mathematics, computer science, electrical
engineering, computational neuroscience or related fields
- Exceptional motivation for scientific research
(demonstrated in former education record, additional courses completed,
list of publications and conferences attended, previous scientific
experience, references of the candidate's thesis advisor,
- Proficiency in English
- The candidate cannot be a Polish national. He must be a foreigner, but (s)he must have not been residing in Poland for more than 12 months, during the 3 years preceding the recruitment date. The fellow cannot have a PhD and may have a maximum of 4 years of research experience, by the recruitment date.
The application should contain the following documents/information:
- 2 letters of reference - upload
as optional files
- Copy of University MSc diploma or equivalent, if
- Copy of official transcript of student record
- Contact information, including e-mail address and phone number
- Contact (email, phone) information for both referees
- The candidates may include additional information or
copies of documents/certificates in support of the application, such
as: additional letter(s) of reference, a list of publications,
conferences and courses attended, additional skills, certificates of
language proficiency, etc.
Application deadline: June 4, 2012
Short-listed candidates with the highest score will be selected for personal or online interviews. Interviews will take place at the Nencki Institute around June 20, 2012.
Start date: October 1, 2012
Salary including mobility component: around 40 000 Euro/year (gross)
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