Applicants are invited for a PhD position in the field of theoretical
neuroscience with a focus on olfaction. The successful applicant will perform
research in modelling the insect olfactory system. The aim of the project is to
understand the mechanisms of odour coding by means of a multidisciplinary
approach combining models and experiments.

The candidate will have to interact with other researchers in a mixed team of
modellers using mathematical and computational methods and experimentalists
performing electrophysiological recordings of neurons in a noctuid moth.
Candidates should hold an engineering degree or a master degree in a relevant
discipline (Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics). The candidate should
have expertise in programming, and should demonstrate a strong interest in
biophysics, systems neuroscience, or cognitive neuroscience.
The work will be performed at the National Institute for Agricultural Research
(INRA) in Versailles, at half an hour train from down-town Paris. The project
also includes collaboration with the National Institute for Computer Sciences
(LORIA-INRIA) in Nancy, France. The position is for three years, starting on
Sept. 2008 and is funded by INRA.
Applications including a CV, a motivation letter and the names of two references
must be sent electronically to Jean-Pierre Rospars (
and Dominique Martinez ( The closing date for
applications is May 15, 2008. Selected candidates will be interviewed in Paris
early in June.

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