A postdoctoral research position funded by the BSF-NSF program in computational neuroscience is available starting October 2014. This novel project will investigate the computational properties of single neurons. "Why does a neuron spike?" can be interpreted as a question about underlying biophysical mechanisms or about the features of the inputs to which a neuron responds. The overall goal of this project is to forge a link between the biophysical mechanisms of neuronal excitability and the ability of these neurons to encode features of incoming inputs. Dynamical, Hodgkin Huxley-type models, combined with the cable equations of Rall have proven to be very useful for creating biophysical models of the passive and active properties of neurons. These approaches have allowed neuroscientists to understand the mechanisms of neuronal activity including action potential generation, bursting and dendritic spiking. On the other hand, statistical models are able to capture the often-noisy relationship between neural spiking and the inputs a neuron receives. While these two approaches provide insight into mechanisms and function of neuronal activity, they suffer complementary limitations when used separately: statistical models typically offer little mechanistic explanation, while biophysical models do not incorporate functional stimulus-response relationships. Our goal is to unite these approaches by applying them in concert in order to answer specific questions about the the computational properties of single neurons. The project is a collaboration between our group at Bar-Ilan and a group from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

The successful applicant will join a broad interdisciplinary team that includes computational neuroscientists and electrophysiologists focused on combining different levels of neuronal computation. He or she will be expected to leverage research from the broader neuroscience research community to develop computational approaches for addressing real-world problems. Previous experience both in neuroscience research and in computation, electrical engineering, signal analysis is ideal.

Contact:

Prof. Alon Korngreen

The Gonda Brain Research Center

Bar-Ilan University

Ramat-Gan, 5290002

Israel

Phone: 03-5318224

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Our new lab at Tel-Aviv University is seeking highly motivated graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, to engage in exciting multidisciplinary research in perceptual and motor learning and memory. The overall mission of the research is to investigate the link between the way by which memories are formed, modified and internally represented and the resulting learning which enables skill improvements over time. Research will involve a combination of psychophysics, non-invasive brain stimulation and neuroimaging techniques.

Enthusiastic candidates with backgrounds in Neuroscience, Psychology, Physics, Computer Science or Engineering, with excellent collaboration skills, capable of setting up and leading novel research directions are encouraged to contact Dr. Nitzan Censor - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please email a statement of research interests and CV.

Examples of recent published work:

CensorHorovitzCohen2014Neuron: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24411732

CensorDayanCohen2013Cortex: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23849672

CensorSagiCohen2012NatureReviewsNeuroscience: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22903222

 

The Department of Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites applications for a tenure-track position in Psychobiology. We are seeking an outstanding scholar who studies the biological mechanisms underlying behavioral processes (e.g., neurobiological, genetic, epigenetic approaches). The proposed beginning date is October 2014.

The Psychology Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is at the forefront of psychological research and is committed to excellence in research and in both graduate and undergraduate teaching. Candidates are expected to have a PhD and post-doctoral training in relevant fields, and to show extensive research experience in behavioral neuroscience (in rodents). Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, a sample of reprints and preprints and three letters of reference.

Applications (and questions) should be sent by email to Prof. Raz Yirmiya (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Applications should be submitted by October 1st 2014.

 


Postdoctoral position to study cortical circuitry underlying memory-guided visual decision-making is available in the laboratory of Dr. Tatiana Pasternak (http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/labs/Pasternak-Lab/). Experimental approaches include extracellular single- and multi-electrode recordings of spiking and LFP activity from prefrontal and extrastriate cortical regions of non-human primates during complex behavioral tasks. Other approaches include reversible inactivations and microstimulation. An important component of the work is a collaboration involving computational modeling aimed at mechanisms underlying maintenance and utilization of visual information in decision-making.

Preference will be given to candidates with strong quantitative background with experience in extracellular recordings and analysis of physiological data. However, applicants with strong background in related disciplines of systems neuroscience are welcome to apply. Experience with MATLAB programming and proficient knowledge of the English language are required.

The University of Rochester offers a stimulating research environment and excellent opportunities for interactions and training in cognitive neuroscience and visual science. Interested applicants should send CV and names/contact information of three references to Dr. Pasternak (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Please include a cover letter detailing your current research activities, expertise and the reasons for your interest in this position.

PhD Positions in Molecular Neurobiology of Memory in University of Haifa

We are seeking for a highly motivated PhD student to carry out a research project aiming to understand molecular mechanisms of memory formation. Toward that end the student will use an optogenetic approach to activate intracellular proteins in discrete neuronal population and study the effects on cellular processes and memory formation. For more information please see: http://sci2.haifa.ac.il/faculty/lnmn/ Interested candidates should send their CV to my e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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We are seeking for a highly motivated PhD student to carry out a research project aiming to understand molecular mechanisms of memory formation. Toward that end the student will use a state of the art technique to activate specific neurons using nanomaterials and study the effects on cellular processes and memory formation. For more information please see: http://sci2.haifa.ac.il/faculty/lnmn/ Interested candidates should send their CV to my e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

M.Sc./Ph.D. position –
A postgraduate position is available to study the role and function of miRNA in memory consolidation in the brain cortex.
See http://neuroethocms.haifa.ac.il/rosenblum/ for additional information.
Experience in molecular biology methods is a must. Background in neurobiology is an advantage but not a strict requirement.
To apply, please send a CV, a short description of research interests, and the names and contact details of three academic referees to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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M.Sc./Ph.D. position –
A postgraduate position is available to study the role of the insular cortex in taste memory consolidation using optogenetics and designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drugs (DREADDs).
See http://neuroethocms.haifa.ac.il/rosenblum/ for additional information.
Background in neurobiology and physiologyis an advantage but not a strict requirement. To apply, please send a CV, a short description of research interests, and the names and contact details of three academic referees to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

דרושים סטודנטים לדוקטורט למחקר העוסק בנוירוביולוגיה של התמכרות לסמים
המחקר כולל עבודה במודלים התנהגותיים להתמכרות ולמידה, שיטות ביוכימיות, אלקטרופיזיולוגיה של תעלות בחתכי מוח ואופטוגנטיקה in vivo, in vitro.
עדיפות לבעלי ניסיון באלקטרופיזיולוגיה.
למועמדים מובטחת מלגת לימודים ומשרת הוראה בפרמקולוגיה.
למעוניינים נא לשלוח קורות חיים לפרופ' רמי יקה, בית הספר לרוקחות, התחום לפרמקולוגיה, הפקולטה לרפואה, האוניברסיטה העברית קמפוס עין כרם.
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Rami Yaka, PhD
Associate Professor
The Institute for Drug Research (IDR)
School of Pharmacy
Faculty of Medicine
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
POB 12065, Jerusalem, 91120

A Postdoctoral fellow position/Lab manager is available at the Ophthalmic Science and Engineering, directed by Dr. Yossi Mandel at Bar Ilan University.

Current lab projects include Retinal prosthesis and artificial vision for restoration of sight, prosthetic visual function assessment, learning, cortical plasticity, in-vitro recording with MEA from retinal explants. The lab is under construction and will include in-vivo setup for animal experiments, ex-vivo electrophysiology and Ca imaging setups, optical cortical imaging.

We are looking for highly motivated fellows who should hold a PhD in neuroscience or biomedical engineering or similar with an extensive experience with in-vitro or in-vivo electrophysiology or optical cortical imaging.

Please send a request with your CV including relevant experience and recommendation letters to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.