Postdoctoral position in Computational Neuroscience

THE PROJECT

In the dEMORY project, we are investigating the role of dendrites in memory processes that multiple levels (single neuron, microcircuit, and large scale neuronal networks) via the development of computational models. We focus on three brain regions: the hippocampus, the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex. Developed models will express a distinct memory function, specific to the region they belong to. By manipulating the biophysical, anatomical and plasticity properties of dendrites and tracking the effect on memory, the project aims to infer the key rules by which these thin structures shape mnemonic processes. These rules will then form the basis for deducing theoretical abstractions of trainable neurons with dendrites. The project has been running since 2012 and has already produced a number of outcomes which can be found at the following web sites:

www.demory.gr, www.dendrites.gr

IMBB-FORTH

The Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) is one of the top European Research Centers. It has ranked 1st in terms of high impact publications in Greece and 17th in the number of FP7 grants in Europe. It should be noted that since the establishment of the ERC grant scheme in 2007, a total of 39 awards have been made to scientists working in Greek Institutions and 11 of them are located in Institutes of FORTH.

The Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) at FORTH is the top Biological Institute in Greece, in terms of high quality personnel, publications, infrastructure and competitive grants. IMBB-FORTH is located in Heraklion, one of the most ancient and historical Greek cities, on the picturesque island of Crete.

THE POIRAZI LAB

The Computational Biology Laboratory at IMBB-FORTH performs research that is at the forefront of Computational Neuroscience. The work of Dr. Poirazi led to several high impact publications, some of which have shaped the field of dendritic computations. Her work received prestigious awards, including the EMBO Young Investigator Award in 2005, 2 Marie Curie Fellowships, a scientist-of-the year award in Greece in 2012, a European Research Council (ERC) starting grant in 2012, a nomination by EMBO to AcademiaNet—portal for outstanding female scientists in Europe (2013), and the “Manolis Christofides” Young Cypriot Investigator award in 2014. She is named Young Scientist of the World Economic Forum for its Annual Meeting of the New Champions in 2014 and 2015. She is a member of the Young Academy of Europe since 2015 and currently the Chair of the FENS-KAVLI Network of Excellence whose aim is to promote Neuroscience research and science policy in Europe and beyond.

TO APPLY:

Candidates that match the required profile will be continuously interviewed until the positions are filled. Candidates should send a resume and two (2) reference letters to poiraz

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