[visionlist] Postdoc and PhD student for project on deep learning in artificial, human, and rodent brains (Leuven, Belgium)

Hans Op de Beeck hans.opdebeeck at kuleuven.be
Thu Feb 9 15:18:51 EST 2017

Postdoc and PhD student for project on deep learning in artificial, human, and rodent brains

For a project combining the domains of human functional neuroimaging, computational modelling, and rodent physiology, we are looking for two new collaborators. Hirings can be at the level of postdoc as well as PhD student.

First, we look for a scientist to implement and further develop deep neural network modelling. The aim is to compare the representations in these artificial networks over the course of training with neural responses in human and rodent cortex. Here we build upon earlier work such as Kubilius et al. (2016, PLOS Comput. Biology).  Candidates should have a background in computational neuroscience, computer vision, artificial intelligence, or related fields.

Second, we look for a scientist to study the cortical basis of visual learning in awake rodents through extracellular recordings using electrode arrays. Relevant earlier studies from our lab in this domain are Vinken et al. (2014, J. Neurosci.) and Vinken et al. (2016, Cerebral Cortex). Candidates should have a background in Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedical sciences, Bioengineering or a related field.

Independent of career stage (so also for incoming PhD students), only candidates will be considered that have a quantitative and computational background including expertise with Matlab, good social skills and team spirit, and good communication skills in English (oral and written). For PhD students, we expect a competitive study record putting the student among the top students in an internationally competitive program. For postdocs, we expect a relevant and competitive publication record (e.g., in computational and systems neuroscience) including first-author peer-reviewed publications.

The research will be implemented in the research group of Hans Op de Beeck in the Laboratory of Biological Psychology at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium). The research group focuses upon multidisciplinary work, including human neuroscience research with functional magnetic resonance imaging, rodent behaviour & electrophysiology, and computational modelling. Many members of the group come from countries outside Belgium (e.g., Canada, Brasil, South-Korea, Italy, Belarus), and the professional language is English.

The city of Leuven is an old, medieval city which is very lively thanks to a large population of students and researchers. Leuven is at 25 km from Brussels, with frequent direct train connections, also to the international airport of Brussels (20 minutes by train). The university is one of the oldest in the Low Countries (founded in 1425) and is ranked in the top 50 of universities worldwide (THE ranking). It is home to a large community of systems/cognitive/visual/computational neuroscientists.

Applications should be submitted before March 8th 2017. Funding is available for up to 3 (postdoc) or 4 (PhD student) years. The starting date is flexible between May and October 2017.

Informal queries for further information can be sent to hans.opdebeeck at kuleuven.be<mailto:hans.opdebeeck at kuleuven.be> . For the formal application, applicants should go to https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/54073261. The site will ask for a motivation letter (please include contact information for 2 references) and a CV (please include a list of publications if applicable).

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