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Postdoc position in the Lengyel Group


We are seeking a highly creative and motivated postdoctoral fellow (at the research associate or senior research associate level) to work in the group of Máté Lengyel at the Computational and Biological Learning Lab, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.

The group studies learning and memory from computational, algorithmic/representational and neurobiological viewpoints. Computationally and algorithmically, we use ideas from Bayesian approaches to statistical inference and reinforcement learning to characterize the goals and mechanisms of learning in terms of normative principles and behavioral results. We also perform dynamical systems analyses of reduced biophysical models to understand the mapping of these mechanisms into cellular and network models. We collaborate very closely with experimental neuroscience groups, doing in vitro intracellular recordings, multi-unit recordings in behaving animals, human psychophysical, and fMRI experiments.

The successful candidate will have
  • a strong analytical background
  • demonstrable interest in theoretical neuroscience
  • obtained (or be close to the completion of) a PhD or equivalent in computational neuroscience, physics, mathematics, computer science, machine learning or a related field

Preference will be given to candidates with
  • previous experience in computational neuroscience
  • sufficient programming skills to run numerical simulations (eg. in C or MatLab)
  • expertise with neural network models, analysis of dynamical systems, and Bayesian techniques

Applicants should email the following in pdf or plain text to Máté Lengyel and cc the CBL administrator Diane Unwin:
  • a CHRIS/6 cover sheet available from this page
  • a statement of research interests
  • a CV, including the names and full contact details (including e-mail addresses) of three referees

The deadline for receiving applications is 30 December 2011. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on the week starting 23 January 2012.

The position is offered for a period of two years initially, starting on 1 May 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter. Salary is in the range £27,428-£46,696 p.a.

This position has now been filled.

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