A postdoctoral position is available from March 1st, 2008 to study the
network mechanisms underlying the dynamics of the whisker sensory-motor system of rodents. The position is for 2 years with an option for extension.

The research will be carried out at the neurophysics lab of David Golomb at the Ben-Gurion University, Be’er-Sheva, Israel and the adaptive perceptual processing lab of Ehud Ahissar at the Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel. The two laboratories participate in a research program funded by the EU contract BIOTACT. The program includes other theoretical, robotics and experimental groups in Europe.
The theoretical activity in Israel will focus on modeling brainstem loops that include sensory and motor nuclei. The research goals are to
understand, and then reverse-engineer through computational modeling, the ability of whisking animals to generate well-controlled fast rhythmic whisker movements that allow accurate perception. The postdoctoral fellow will apply mathematical analysis of the models using dynamical systems techniques and network simulations, and will work closely with experimental data.
We are looking for candidates with Ph.D. in physics, applied mathematics or electrical or biomedical engineering with a strong interest in neuroscience. Proficient programming skills are required. Background in neuroscience and neuronal modeling is an advantage. We will review application from Jan 15 and until the position is filled.
Please send applications to:
Prof. David Golomb
Department of Physiology
Ben-Gurion University
Be’er-Sheva 84105, Israel
E-mail: golomb@bgu.ac.il

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