A postdoctoral position is available in collaborative group of Drs Talathi and Khargonekar and Carney (Dept of Pediatrics and Electrical and Computer Engineering) at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA.

The group’s ongoing research is in the general area of applications of computational neuroscience and control systems for epilepsy. The work initially will focus on the development of computational models and control strategies using optogenetic actuation signals to control pathological brain activity implicated in epilepsy. There will also be ample opportunity to test the resulting controllers in an experimental set up involving animal models of epilepsy.

The postdoctoral associate will be expected to interact with faculty, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students within the group, make presentations regarding his/her research, to publish high quality papers in peer-reviewed journals, and to assist in grant proposal preparation.

Candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline (electrical engineering, applied mathematics, computational neuroscience, and related fields). A deep interest in interdisciplinary collaboration, strong quantitative skills and good oral and writing skills are expected. While prior knowledge of dynamical modeling in neuroscience and control theory is not required, individuals with strong background in these fields are particularly encouraged to apply.

The salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the individual. The initial appointment will be for one year, with renewal for two or more years subject to satisfactory progress and mutual agreement.

Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a statement of interest and the names and contact information of three references to Sachin Talathi (talathi(at)ufl(dot)edu) or Pramod Khargonekar (ppk(at)ece(dot)ufl(dot)edu).

Review of applications will begin December 15th 2010 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

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