Connecting European Neuroscience

Post-doctoral position in Bern/Switzerland

16 October 2020

Post-doctoral position in Bern/Switzerland

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Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational Neuroscience

A 2-year postdoc position is available from January 1, 2021, devoted to learning in deep cortical networks.

The position is part of the European Human Brain Project and will be based at the Department of Physiology at the University of Bern in Switzerland, under the joint-supervision of Walter Senn and Mihai Petrovici. Our groups focus on biologically realistic models of spatio-temporal processing in recurrent cortical networks and their relation to reinforcement learning, Bayesian computing, and neuromorphic implementations. The project is focused on formulating error-based learning in deep cortical networks in terms of a principle of least action. We will extend this theory to natural gradient learning and learning with spiking neurons.

We offer a stimulating environment with three research groups in theoretical and computational neuroscience, along with experimental neuroscience within our department, as well as close collaborations with other labs in neuroscience, artificial intelligence and neuromorphic engineering.

• PhD in computational neuroscience, machine learning, applied mathematics and/or physics or a related discipline
• Experience with machine learning / computational modeling

What we offer
• Funding for 2 years following regulations of the University of Bern (extendable through other funding)
• Interdisciplinary & international research environment

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The first evaluation round will begin on November 8, 2020. If you are interested, please send one pdf document including your CV, a statement of research interests, a list of publications and the name and contact details of two referees to: and (with in cc).

Informal inquiries are welcome.

Job Information

Employment start date:
Contract length:
2 years (extendable)

Contact Information

Walter Senn
1991 / University of Bern, Buehlplatz 5, Bern

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