Postdoctoral position in large-scale computational neuroscience

A full-time postdoctoral position is available immediately, jointly between Columbia University's Grossman Center for the Statistics of Mind and HHMI's Janelia Research Campus. The aim is to understand whole-brain activity at the cellular level using large-scale computational methods.

The position is co-supervised by Liam Paninski, John Cunningham and Larry Abbott (at Columbia) and Jeremy Freeman and Misha Ahrens (at Janelia Research Campus) and is centered around understanding the dynamics of all neurons in the brain of behaving larval zebrafish. We use light-sheet imaging to record simultaneously from most of the ~10^5 neurons during behavior, and use large-scale cluster computing and machine learning, statistics, and modeling to gain insight into how brain-wide network dynamics underlies behavior.

The position will be based at Columbia University and HHMI Janelia Research Campus, and we will encourage applicants to spend time at both campuses.

Requirements: Qualifications include primarily a strong research portfolio in computational neuroscience, statistical neuroscience, machine learning, or a related field. Backgrounds in analyzing large neural datasets, modeling complex neural systems, and cutting-edge machine learning will be particularly valuable. These positions are highly quantitative and highly interdisciplinary; applicants should have a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Statistics, Machine Learning, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or Computational Neuroscience.

Appointment: The initial appointments will be for one year, and are renewable. Salaries will be set based on experience and skills.

Applicants should send email to "zebrafish.computation at" providing:
1. a one-page description of past research experience
2. a one-page description of future research interests and goals
3. a resume of educational and research experience, including publications
4. names of three people that could provide letters of reference

All materials should be in pdf or plain text. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive until the positions are filled; interested candidates are encouraged to express their interest early. Due to demand, we may not be able to reply to all applications.

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