Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Amsterdam/Netherlands

20 February 2020

Ph.D. Student in Amsterdam/Netherlands

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The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) are looking for

3 PhD student position
3 Postdoctoral researcher position
to work on Architectures and learning methods for hierarchical cognitive processing

Project description
Our recent theoretical insights have allowed a preliminary understanding of how animals learn to represent and memorize the key features of sensory stimuli for the guidance of action based on reinforcement learning (Rombouts et al. PloS Comp Biol 2015; Holtmaat & Roelfsema, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 2018). The present project focuses on the hierarchical learning of cognitive subroutines, which can be incorporated into larger routines, by trial and error. We aim to develop a biologically plausible learning rules that endow neural networks with the possibility to learn hierarchical task structures and learn and execute cognitive tasks.
Topics of interest include - the role of learnable/flexible working memory models in learning and executing hierarchically structures routines. The project is a collaboration between in the Vision & Cognition group (Dr. Pieter Roelfsema) at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and the Machine Learning Lab at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in Amsterdam (Dr. Sander Bohte).

We offer an exciting job at a dynamic research institute and an attractive package of fringe benefits.
The position is for a period of 3 or 4 years in total for a postdoctoral researcher or PhD-student, respectively. The first appointment is for one year with an extension for the remaining period pending on an evaluation.
Starting date
The position is available from April 2020.

To apply
Please, send your application to including:
1. A Curriculum Vitae
2. An application letter
3. Two reference letters

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Closing date:
Employment start date:
Contract length:
3 or 4 years
Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
Vision & Cognition

Contact Information

Pieter Roelfsema
Meibergdreef 47, 1105 BA Amsterdam

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