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Research Associate at Imperial College London

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoc position at Imperial College London. All students regardless of citizenship are eligible to apply. The deadline for applying is October 04, 2018.

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university. The Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London is leading the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally, advancing the frontiers of our knowledge in the discipline's three main areas:

1. Biomedical Engineering: Developing devices, techniques and interventions for human health. 2. Biological Engineering: Solving problems related to the life sciences and their applications for health. 3. Biomimetics: Using the structures and functions of living organisms as models for the design and engineering of materials and machines. Environment: The Computational Neuroscience Laboratory is very young and dynamic, and publishes in prestigious journals, such as Nature and Science. It is part of the Department of Bioengineering, which conducts state-of-the-art multidisciplinary research in biomechanics, neuroscience and neurotechnology. The lab is at Imperial College London, the 3rd ranked university in Europe, is in the top 10 worldwide, and is located in the city centre of London. More information can be found at: http://www.bg.ic.ac.uk/research/c.clopath/

Research topic: Learning and memory are among the most fascinating topic of neuroscience, yet our understanding of it is only at the beginning. Learning is thought to change the connections between the neurons in the brain, a process called synaptic plasticity. Using mathematical and computational tools, it is possible to model synaptic plasticity across different time scales, which helps understand how different types of memory are formed. The Postdoc candidate will be designing plastic artificial neural networks which are modelling the hippocampal complex. Requirements: The Computational Neuroscience Laboratory, headed by Dr. Clopath, is looking for a talented Postdoc, working in the field of computational neuroscience. The perfect candidate has a strong mathematical, physical or engineering background, and has done a PhD in the field of computational neuroscience. The ideal candidate has expertise in network dynamics, mean-field theory, recurrent neural network simulations and dynamical systems for neuroscience. It is a plus if the candidate is familiar with the hippocampal literature and has done hippocampal modelling.- PhD (or equivalent) in computational neuroscience or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience- Knowledge in programming- Knowledge of research methods and statistical procedures- Practical experience within a research environment and / or publication in relevant and refereed journals- Ability to conduct a detailed review of recent literature- Knowledge on modelling/simulation of adhesion or viscoelastic materials or mechanics of materials- Creative approach to problem-solving- Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of people- Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication- Ability to direct the work of a small research team and motivate others to produce a high standard of work- Ability to prioritise own work in response to deadlines- Basic computer skills, including word-processing, spreadsheets and the Internet- Willingness to work as part of a team and to be open-minded and cooperative- Flexible attitude towards work- Discipline and regard for confidentiality and security at all times- Willingness to undertake any necessary training for the role This post will be based at the South Kensington Campus.

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