Research Fellow in Deep Brain Stimulation for Epilepsy and Seizure Prediction

Exciting med-tech opportunity at the interface between academia and industry. We are seeking talented research scientists to join a team conducting a clinical trial of a fully implantable system for seizure forecasting and control with epilepsy patients. Requires experience in electrophysiology and neural signal analysis.

There are two Research Fellow positions available in our epilepsy research group for a new NHMRC research project titled Critical Slowing in Epilepsy. The research will quantify how the brain changes around times where it is susceptible to seizures. Seizure susceptibility will be studied using a new deep brain stimulation and recording system in a first in man clinical trial in partnership with the medical device company, Medtronic. There are also opportunities to study seizure susceptibility using the one-of-a-kind long-term continuous intracranial electroencephalography database obtained from the clinical trial of the Neurovista Seizure Advisory System.

At least one of the Research Fellows will be involved in all aspects of the Medtronic trial, from testing with patients to data analysis and reporting. Testing will involve measuring the interaction between the brain’s response to very small electrical stimuli and epilepsy-related changes.

Close date: 12 Mar 2017

Contact both Dr Levin Kuhlmann and Dr Dean Freestone for details. For a position description, selection criteria and to apply visit:
http://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/caw/en/job/890173/research-fellow-in-deep-brain-stimulation-for-epilepsy-and-seizure-prediction-2-positions

SCiNDU2 / NeuroEng 2017

SCiNDU2: The Second Systems and Computational Neuroscience DownUnder conference.
Joint meeting with NeuroEng 2017: The 10th Australasian Workshop on Neuro-Engineering and Computational Neuroscience

www.qbi.uq.edu.au/scindu

Dec 13-15th 2017
Queensland Brain Institute
The University of Queensland

Confirmed international speakers:

Polina Anikeeva
Daphne Bavelier
Kwabena Boahen
Tobias Bonhoeffer
Rosa Cossart
Kenji Doya
Alex Pouget
Rafael Yuste

Other speakers to be announced. Further details will be posted on www.qbi.uq.edu.au/scindu as they become available.

Contact: Geoff Goodhill, University of Queensland

Monash Symposium on Computational Neuroscience

Computational neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that harnesses concepts and methods from physics, maths, computer science, neuroscience and psychology to address fundamental questions about brain organisation and function. This symposium brings together leading Australian and international researchers to present their latest work on mathematical modelling of brain structure and function, mapping and modelling how disease affects the brain, and how coordinated brain function gives rise to perception and cognition.
The event, sponsored by the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN), in partnership with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (CIBF) and the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity (Alertness CRC), presents students working in all domains of science, as well as the general public, with the opportunity to engage with experts working in this exciting and rapidly developing field.

Time:
Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 9:30-5:00

Venue:
Monash Biomedical Imaging Auditorium
770 Blackburn Rd
Clayton Vic 3800

International speakers:
Prof Gustavo Deco (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)
Prof Alex Thiele (Newcastle University, UK)

Australian speakers:
Professor Michael Breakspear, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute; CIBF
Professor Peter Robinson, The University of Sydney; CIBF; Alertness CRC
Associate Professor Alex Fornito, Monash University, MICCN; CIBF
Associate Professor Nao Tsuchiya, Monash University, MICCN; CIBF
Associate Professor Jeroen van Boxtel, Monash University, MICCN
Dr Marta Garrido, Queensland Brain Institute; CIBF
Dr Andrew Phillips, Monash University, MICCN; Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard
Medical School, Boston
Dr Nicholas Price, Physiology, Monash University
Dr Andrew Zalesky, Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, University of Melbourne

Registration is free but compulsory to allow for appropriate catering. Register at:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/miccn-computational-neuroscience-symposium-2017-tickets-29089845511

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Alex Fornito

Associate Professor
Brain & Mental Health Laboratory
Monash Institute of Cognitive
& Clinical Neurosciences

NeuroEng 2016: 9th Australasian Workshop on Neuro-Engineering and Computational Neuroscience

Brisbane, Australia
28 – 29 November 2016

Plus an optional short course:
‘Deep Learning: An Introduction for Neuroscientists and Modellers’ on 30 November

Abstract submission now open: http://conference.qimrberghofer.edu.au/page/NeuroEng/

Venue: QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, 300 Herston Rd, Herston, QLD, Australia

Bringing together researchers at the interfaces between neuroscience, engineering, physics, and psychiatry.
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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neurophysics and Brain Dynamics

ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function
School of Physics
Reference no. 1100/0616

  • Up to 3 positions studying multiscale, emergent, nonlinear, and critical phenomena in the brain
  • Full-time, fixed term for three years, with further offers available subject to performance, funding and need remuneration package: up to $112K pro rata p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% super)
  • The opportunity to work in the Brain Dynamics Group

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Positions at USyd (2x PhD scholarships, 1x B/C Academic staff)

A number of positions are currently available with the Complex Systems Research Group (led by Prof. Mikhail Prokopenko) in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at The University of Sydney:

1. Two PhD scholarships are available to study with Dr. Joseph Lizier in an ARC DECRA funded project. Both projects involve studying the relationship between network structure and dynamics, using information theory, with applications to neural data sets:
a. “Inferring information network structure from dynamics” — http://bit.ly/1SZdnim
b. “Describing network and information processing co-development” — http://bit.ly/24mp8Vq
Please contact Dr. Lizier with any questions. There is some flexibility in the closing date for applications (currently May 22).

2. One (3 year term) Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Complex Systems (Level B/C) is also currently open for applications until May 8 — http://bit.ly/1qpMI1j
Research areas relating to information theory and complex networks theory will be prioritised.
Please contact Prof. Prokopenko or Dr. Lizier with any questions.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neurodynamics and Computational Neuroscience – University of Sydney

School of Physics, Faculty of Science
Reference no. 076/0116

  • Research focused on understanding complex neural dynamics and neural coding principles
  • Join an international research team with strong expertise in computational neuroscience
  • Full-time 2-year fixed term (possibility of extension up to 3 years, subject to performance) Remuneration package: $101k p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% super

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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Brain Dynamics and Computational Neuroscience – University of Sydney

Faculty of Science, University of Sydney

Reference no. 075/0116

  • Combined modelling and experimental study of spatiotemporal dynamics in brain circuits for vision
  • Join an interdisciplinary research group with expertise in theoretical analysis of neural circuit dynamics and real-time parallel measurement of activity in nerve cell populations
  • Full-time 2-year fixed term (possibility of extension up to 3 years, subject to performance) Remuneration package: $101k p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% super

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Complexity, Criticality and Computation (C3) Summer Research Camp

Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney
November 30 – December 4, 2015
http://sydney.edu.au/perkins/events/featured-events/c3-research-camp.shtml

The study of complex systems is about understanding indirect effects. Why is it necessary to study complex systems? Humans are typically inclined to use reductionist logic. To understand how a system would behave overall, or to test whether a human-made system works as it was intended to, we put it through a series of ‘short, discrete’ scenarios, expecting a ‘correct response’ to each scenario. However, complex systems do not lend themselves to short, discrete scenarios. Not all scenarios have clear endings or known, correct answers. How do we evaluate the usability of, or predict the behaviour of systems that are too complex for our typical reductionist reasoning? The answer to this question is not intuitive or trivial, and a specific skill set needs to be developed in order to answer it.

We will consider a diverse range of systems, applications, theoretical and practical approaches to computational modelling of modern complex systems such as health, including information theory, agent-based simulation, network theory, nonlinear dynamics, swarm intelligence, evolutionary methods, computational neuroscience, and econophysics, among others. Continue reading

NeuroEng 2016 – Save the Date!

We are pleased to announce that the 9th Australasian Workshop on Neuro-Engineering and Computational Modelling (NeuroEng 2016) will be held from Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th November 2016 at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane. There will be an announcement about abstracts and registration in 2016. Meanwhile, email the Chair, Prof Michael Breakspear, if you have queries or suggestions.