[visionlist] PhD / PostDoc positions in the area of machine learning with spiking neurons

David Rotermund davrot at neuro.uni-bremen.de
Mon Nov 28 12:18:33 -04 2022

The Computational Neuroscience group at the University of Bremen headed 
by Prof. Dr. Klaus Pawelzik offers - under the condition of job release 
- at the earliest possible date a position until February 28, 2025

*Research Assistant /Postdoc in Computational Neuroscience (f/m/d)*

German federal pay scale E13 TV-L (100 %)

for the research project

*Efficient Implementation of Spike-by-Spike Neural Networks using 
Stochastic and ApproximativeTechniques*

The overarching goal of our project is to improve the efficiency of 
spiking artificial neural networks using hardware and algorithmic 
approximation techniques. Specifically, the project focuses on 
Spike-by-Spike networks since they offer a balance between computational 
requirements and biological realism which keeps the advantages of the 
biological networks while enabling a compact technical realization. To 
fully take advantage of the unique features of SbS in terms of 
robustness and sparseness, dedicated hardware architectures are required.

You would join in with numerical simulations, theoretical analyses, as 
well as through the development of new ideas and approaches for boosting 
the performance and capabilities of the Spike-By-Spike model. 
Furthermore, you would also work on combining Spike-By-Spike networks 
with non spiking deep neuronal networks into hybrid models.

Details can be found at 


Ideal candidates have a master's or doctorate degree in Computational 
Neurosciences, Physics, Computer Sciences or in related fields. They 
must have a strong background in mathematics, programming (preferably in 
Python/Matlab), and machine learning as well as an intense interest in 
neuroscience. An optimal candidate should not be afraid of cooperating 
with engineers, since this is a joint project with a focus on hardware 
development. Above all, he/she must have a strong motivation, a sense 
for responsibility, a distinct desire to learn, and the ability to 
proactively collaborate in an international research environment. 
Fluency in English is required (both written and spoken).

The Theoretical Neurophysics Lab offers a good working atmosphere, 
direct involvement in international research and attractive facilities.

The university is family-friendly, diverse and sees itself as an 
international university. We therefore welcome all applicants regardless 
of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/belief, 
disability, age, sexual orientation and identity.

As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female 
employees in science, women are particularly encouraged to apply. In 
case of equal personal aptitudes and qualification priority will be 
given to disabled persons.

Please explicitly address each of the specified requirements in the 
application. Detailed instructions are described below. Please send your 
application documents (motivation letter, CV, copy of your degree 
certificates including high school, list of skills, awards, 
publications, contact details of two academic reference) until December 
9th, 2022 by indicating the job id A326/22 to:

University of Bremen FB1
Theoretical Neurophysics lab
Secretary of Prof. Dr. Klaus Pawelzik
Mrs Agnes Janßen
Hochschulring 18, Cognium
D-28359 Bremen
Tel.: +49 421 218 62000

in electronic form in a summarized PDF file via e-mail: 
ajanssen at neuro.uni-bremen.de.

For questions of the research project please contact:

Prof. Dr. Klaus Pawelzik, E-Mail: pawelzik at neuro.uni-bremen.de

See also for general information on this topic:


_Detailed instructions for applicants_

Your application must comprise:

*Motivation letter*

Your 1-2 page essay should reply the following questions:

• What is your background? In which fields have you worked before and 
how do you think this can be useful for the present job?

• What attracts you to the field of computational neuroscience?

• Which problem(s) in computational neuroscience are you most interested in?

• What is your motivation to join our project?

• What are your plans for your future career?



*Curriculum Vitae*

Send a classical tabular CV with your contact details, and all stages of 
education and employment.

*List of skills, awards, publications*

List your skills, especially proficiency in languages (including the 
level of proficiency), that you think might be useful for the job. Also 
list awards you might have got and peer-reviewed papers, in case there 
are some.

*Contact details of two academic references*

One of the references should be your MSc advisor. Please contact the 
references prior to listing their names so that they are not surprised 
if they get contacted.

Your application can be in English or German, whatever language you are 
more familiar with.


*Dr. David Rotermund*

*University of Bremen*
Institute for Theoretical Physics
Faculty 01 Physics/Electrical Engineering
Hochschulring 18, D-28359 Bremen
Cognium, room 2450

Tel. +49 421 218-62003
Fax +49 421 218-62014
davrot at neuro.uni-bremen.de
www.neuro.uni-bremen.de <https://www.neuro.uni-bremen.de>
www.isee.uni-bremen.de <https://www.isee.uni-bremen.de>
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