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Offering Institution: Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Marseille Job Title: Post-doctoral Position in Computational Neuroscience: "Functional, Large-scale Models of Visual Motion Perception" Description:
We are currently inviting applications for a postdoctoral position
in computational neuroscience to study functional, large-scale
models of visual motion perception. The post is for up to 3 years
in the DyVA
team at the INCM (CNRS)
in Marseille, France and will be funded within the european FACETS
The work will involve developing, designing and implementing
large-scale neural networks of the primary visual areas. The goal
is to bridge theoretical principles of computations, physiological
data (e.g. optical imaging) and behavioral data (e.g. eye
movements) to bring new understanding on the neural computations
achieving the perception of motion. We are in particular interested
in the dynamics of motion integration by focusing on responses to
complex motion stimuli in areas V1 and V5/MT. Our theoretical
approaches span from statistical inference to adaptive distributed
representations to provide insights into these parallel, dynamical
processes. We use state-of-the-art simulation software to validate
these results on our computer facilities with the goal of
transferring this technology to aVLSI chips within the consortium.
The DyVA team is a young CNRS pluridisciplinary research team
Guillaume Masson) integrating research on eye movements and
visual perception at both behavioral (psychophysics, motor control)
and physiological (optical imaging, electrophysiology) levels. The
computational project will be conducted by Dr. Laurent Perrinet in
close collaboration with other FACETS teams (Pr.
O. Faugeras, INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis, Pr.
A. Aertsen, Freiburg, Pr.
W. Maass, Graz, Pr.
Y. Fregnac, CNRS, Paris). The work conducted in Marseille will
involve a PhD Student and a Computer Engineer together with the
post-doctoral fellow. Close interactions with biological tasks
conducted within the team (optical imaging in awake monkey) are
Marseille is a
major french town by the mediterranean
sea with a lively atmosphere and cultural life. The DyVA team
is located in a CNRS
campus with excellent research facilities. Net salary is about
1800 Euros/month, full social coverage included.
The postdoc will work as part of a European wide research team
based on a new EU-funded Integrated Project entitled "FACETS:
Fast Analog Computing with Transient States". The FACETS
project is a major 11 million Euros, four-year research project
funded by the European Union. The stated objective of FACETS is to
explore and exploit the computational principles that constitute
the basis of information processing in the brain. The project
involves all facets of neuroscience from experimental neuroscience
("in vivo"), the construction of models and analytical
descriptions for neural cells and networks ("in computo"),
to the construction of very large scale neural circuits in VLSI
technology ("in silico"). The FACETS consortium includes
fifteen of the major laboratories in Europe in these areas. One of
the goals of the FACETS consortium is to develop a large-scale
model of the primary visual cortex and explore its computational
capabilities for solving low-level motion tasks involving short-
and long-range lateral interactions.
Expertise in computational modeling as well as mathematical and programming skills are required. A keen interest in
neuroscience is necessary to ensure the tight coupling of the
computational approach with experiments done in the lab. The
position is available to start now, actual start date is
negotiable. The appointment will be for a fixed term of up to three
years, ending 31st August 2009.
should send their application materials - cover letter, CV,
statement of research interests and research experience (no .doc
file, please) or informal enquiries to Dr. Laurent Perrinet at
More Information: http://www.incm.cnrs-mrs.fr/LaurentPerrinet/PostdoctoralPosition (The job advertisement is expired. Therefore no contact info is shown)
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