Postdoctoral position in “Computational Neuroscience” - [ Postdoc ]

Added on: 10/01/2019 - Expires on 31/01/2019

A postdoctoral position will be available at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia to work with Prof. Stefano Panzeri (, within the Neural Computation Research Line.

The project, funded by a Brain Initiative multi-PI RO1 Grant from the National Institute of Health (Grant Agreement n. 1R01NS108410-01 ), will be performed in collaboration with the experimental collaborators Christopher Harvey (Harvard Medical School) and Wei-Chung Lee (Children’s Hospital). The proposed computational research will use data-driven models of recurrent neural networks and information-theoretic methods to analyze functional activity of hundreds of neurons recorded during cognitive tasks, and anatomical electron-microscopy data collected from the same subjects and brain regions.  The aim of the project is to establish novel and firm relationships between the anatomical structure of a microcircuit and its neural population coding function.

The laboratory offers a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise in computational neuroscience, including both advanced neural analysis techniques and neural network modeling.  The laboratory also offers a thriving, well-funded and ambitious research environment with extensive international collaborations and ample opportunities for advanced training and personal scientific growth.   

We seek candidates holding a PhD in a numerate or neuroscientific discipline, with a solid computational background and a keen interest in neuroscience. They must be highly motivated and creative individuals who want to work in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary research environment and be willing to interact with both experimental and theoretical neuroscientists. 

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to conduct research at the IIT center in Rovereto (Italy), or at the IIT headquarters in Genova (Italy), or at the IIT outstation at Harvard Medical School, in Boston.

For representative recent publications from the PI, see:

Runyan C. A., et al (2017) Distinct timescales of population coding across cortex, Nature: 548: 92-96.

Panzeri S., et al (2017) Cracking the neural code for sensory perception by combining statistics, intervention and behaviour. Neuron 93: 491-507

Safaai, H., et al (2015) Modelling the effect of Locus Coeruleous firing on single trial cortical state dynamics and sensory processing. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 112(41): 12834–12839

Applications (full CV, statement of research interest and name and contact of 2 referees) should be sent by e-mail to, quoting “Postdoctoral position in Computational Neuroscience, CB 75881” in the subject line. The deadline for applications is January 31th, 2019. Applications will be examined until the position is filled.

IIT was established in 2003 and successfully created a large-scale infrastructure in Genova and a network of 10 state-of-the-art laboratories countrywide with an international staff of about 1100 people from more than 50 countries. IIT's research endeavour focuses on high-tech and innovation, representing the forefront of technology with possible application from medicine to industry, computer science, robotics, life sciences and nano-biotechnologies.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

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