A fully funded Postdoctoral Research Position in Machine Learning / Mathematical Modelling of Neural Systems is open in the research group of Herbert Jaeger (http://www.faculty.jacobs-university.de/hjaeger) at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (http://www.jacobs-university.de).

The position is created in the context of the international project “Self-organized Recurrent Neural Learning for Language Processing (ORGANIC)”, funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Program Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics. Details about the project and the consortium can be found at the preliminary reservoir computing website http://reservoir-computing.org/. The project started on April 1, 2009 and the project duration is three years.
The projected research concerns the design of large-scale recurrent neural network architectures of an intelligent situated agent with advanced speech recognition capabilities. The project’s overarching objective is to amalgamate neurobiological with engineering / mathematical perspectives. A starting point is the paradigm of reservoir computing / Echo State Networks, but further neurocomputational principles (among others, Slow Feature Analysis, recurrent SOM, neural reinforcement learning) will be exploited.
The ideal candidate would have the following qualifications:
* a PhD in machine learning, computational neuroscience, mathematics, theoretical physics, signal processing, control engineering, or similar fields,
* a strong mathematical background in statistics and stochastic processes, nonlinear dynamics, and signals and systems,
* experience in machine learning, signal processing, mathematical modelling,
* highly developed communication skills, and a very good command of English.
Besides scientific work (80%), the task profile includes assistance in scientific project management. This aspect of the position will extend the professional skills of the researcher in important directions of large-scale project coordination and leadership qualifications.
The contract will be limited to the project duration (ending March 31, 2012) with a prolongation depending on the availability of funds. Applications will be processed until the position is filled.
Please direct applications or inquiries by email to Herbert Jaeger (h.jaeger(at)jacobs-university(dot)de).
Jacobs University Bremen is an equal opportunity employer and has been certified “Family Friendly” by the Hertie Foundation.

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