NeuroEng News

Welcome and thank you for the many positive comments about the formation of The Australian Association of Computational Neuroscientists and Neuromorphic Engineers. We hope the Association will aid in distributing information, fostering collaboration and promoting our research to the wider community.

[1]   Dr Mark McDonnell from the University of South Australia is seeking expressions of interest for a two year postdoctoral position in computational neuroscience.  Further details can be found here.

[2]  We have added two new webpages, one that will promote PhD projects and other research opportunities as well as one that records past Australian Computational Neuroscience Workshops.  If you would like to add relevant information to these pages, please email us.

[3]  NeuroEng subscribers can choose the categories of posts they receive via email. For example, we have emailed two employment related posts that not all subscribers will have received. You can modify your subscription categories by logging on to the website and visiting I recommend that you set ‘to receive email as HTML-Full’.  Whilst you are at the website, please take a moment to update your profile to include your full name and institution (in biographical info). This will help us ensure that posts are only distributed to members of this research community.

[4]  Thanks to Dr Tara Hamilton for her workshop “Building Asia-Pacific Collaborations in Neuromorphic Research” at UNSW last month. It was a great mix of scientists and engineers, resulting in many interesting and enjoyable discussions.

[5]  We would appreciate contributions of images that represent the community of Australian computational neuroscientists / neuromorphic engineers to form a gallery and for the website generally. If you can assist, please email relevant images to

MARCS Institute – Postgraduate Research Scholarships (several available)

MARCS Institute is a vibrant interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Western Sydney (UWS) situated on the Bankstown, Campbelltown, Kingswood and Parramatta Campuses with members and collaborators from many disciplines: Medicine, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Linguistics, Psychology, Education, Music, and Communication Arts.
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Brain Sciences UNSW Symposium 2012

The annual Brain Sciences UNSW Symposium will be held on 7 September 2012 in Leighton Hall, The John Niland Scientia Building at the University of New South Wales, Kensington, Sydney.

The theme for the 7th annual Symposium is Networks and Neuroscience: The Connected Brain and will include presentations from invited speakers from USA and from other institutions in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane together with leading researchers from Brain Sciences UNSW.  Dr Jay Giedd, a psychiatrist from the National Institute of Mental Health, Maryland, USA will give the plenary presentation. Dr Giedd is a neuroscientist and leading world expert on the development of the adolescent brain.

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Two Year Postdoc position in Computational Neuroscience (UniSA)

Dear colleagues,

The University of South Australia’s Institute for Telecommunications Research (ITR) is now seeking applications for an open Postdoctoral Research Fellow position.

There is a formal application process, which must be completed online at the following address: Research Fellow position .

The closing date is 5th October 2012. See also regarding employment at UniSA.

The Research Fellow will conduct theoretical research aimed at understanding the neurobiological communication and information storage mechanisms that exist within mammalian brains. The approach will be to combine mathematical modelling with computational simulations. The project is aligned with an Australian Research Council funded Discovery Grant, and is in collaboration with University of British Columbia, Canada.

The position is for two years full time, as follows:

-Salary range: AU$79,145 – AU$93,986 pa

-Total remuneration range approximately: AU$87K – AU$103K pa; This includes salary, employer super contributions of 9% salary and annual leave loading.

It is essential that applicants possess (or are soon to submit) a doctorate (or equivalent research experience) in the area of computational and theoretical neuroscience, or closely related areas including electronic engineering, mathematical/statistical physics, applied mathematics, biophysics, biomedical engineering and mathematical biology.

The successful application will also be able to demonstrate expert mathematical knowledge in at least one of the following four areas: nonlinear dynamics; information theory; numerical methods; signal processing.

For the full position description and selection criteria, please see Fellow Computational Neuroscience3.pdf

The successful applicant will be a member of ITR’s highly interdisciplinary Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience Laboratory, working with Principle Investigator, Dr Mark McDonnell. The Lab has excellent computational facilities, provides a stimulating interdisciplinary research environment and interacts with many international research collaborators.

For more information about the Lab please see:

Please contact Dr Mark McDonnell for questions about the position. Please contact for questions about the application form.


Dr Mark D. McDonnell

Senior Research Fellow
Principal Investigator
Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience Laboratory
Institute for Telecommunications Research
University of South Australia
Building W, Mawson Lakes Campus
Mawson Lakes SA 5095 AUSTRALIA