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One post-doctoral position will be available in the Laboratory of Neural Computation, directed by Prof. Stefano Panzeri and located within the Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems @UniTn, Rovereto (Tn), Italy, to work in computational neuroscience.
The successful candidate will work on neural population coding in close collaboration with Chris Harvey’s lab at Harvard Medical School (Boston, (http://harveylab.hms.harvard.edu) and Stefano Panzeri’s lab at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Rovereto, Italy, http://www.iit.it/en/people/stefano-panzeri.html).
The successful candidate will develop new analytical methods to study how populations of neurons encode sensory information and how this information is used to produce decisions.
The candidate will apply these methods to large-scale recordings of neurons in sensory areas and posterior parietal cortex using calcium imaging methods that navigate in a virtual reality environment.
Deadline for the application is December 2nd , 2015.
Please note that this position is contingent on budget approval
For recent papers relevant to this postdoctoral opportunity, applicants are invited to consult the following articles:
- Harvey, C.D. et al. (2012) Choice-specific sequences in parietal cortex during a virtual-navigation decision task. Nature 484, 62–68
- Zuo Y, et al (2015) Spike timing and spike rate make complementary contributions to perceptual decisions in rat S1 and S2 cortex. Current Biology 25: 357-363
- Panzeri, S, et al (2015) Neural population coding: combining insights from microscopic and mass signals, Trends in Cognitive Sciences 19: 162-172
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