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CNI Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania

The Computational Neuroscience Initiative (CNI) of the University of Pennsylvania seeks exceptional candidates for a CNI Postdoctoral Fellowship. Candidates with strong quantitative skills from a variety of fields including neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, biophysics, physics, mathematics, systems biology, computer science, and engineering will be considered. The selected Fellows will join an interdisciplinary research environment in historic Philadelphia. CNI Fellows will be encouraged to foster collaborative research between multiple labs, organize a weekly seminar/chalk talk series for the CNI community, and serve as mentors to students. The Fellowship will provide salary and travel support for the fellow over a 3 year term.

The CNI supports interdisciplinary and collaborative research at the frontier of knowledge about the brain, behavior, and the mind. We focus on systems-level approaches that integrate theory and computation with experiment. Our members include faculty, post-docs, and students from multiple programs and departments including neurobiology, cognitive science, psychology, physics, mathematics, systems biology, electrical engineering, bioengineering, and computer science. Our research and training spans the three major elements of the field of Computational Neuroscience:

          1) Theory – understanding the brain as an information-processing machine;
          2) Experiments – providing quantitative methods to aid in the design, implementation, analysis, and interpretation of empirical studies
              that probe all levels of brain function, from molecules to behavior; and
          3) Applications – including robotics, brain-machine interfaces, and new clinical tools.

Applications should be submitted by email to, and should consist of a CV and a cover letter stating the candidate's research experience, reasons for applying to this Fellowship, and research interests. Please arrange for up to three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same email address as well, with the candidate’s name in the subject line. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2017.


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Vijay Balasubramanian, Director
David Brainard, Co-Director
Joshua Gold, Co-Director