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

The University of Sydney is Australia’s first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7500 permanent staff, supporting over 52,000 students.

We seek a talented and motivated candidate to join the University of Sydney as a postdoctoral research fellow. This position is part of a newly funded ARC Discovery project led by the chief investigator Dr Pulin Gong, with Prof. Paul Martin and Dr Sam Solomon as collaborating investigators. We will study how brain circuits can process information by dynamic self-organised activity.

This fundamental question will be addressed by multi-electrode (massive parallel) array recordings of brain activity in non-human primates and analysis of activity using complex systems approaches. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with internationally leading experimental and computational neuroscience groups.

Essential appointment criteria:

  • a theoretical/computational PhD in physics, computational neuroscience, biological modelling, applied mathematics, engineering, or allied field
  • experience in brain modelling or computational neuroscience, with direct application to or analysis of results from neurophysiological experiments
  • excellent computational skills and demonstrated ability to carry out computational modelling in MATLAB or C/C++
  • proved research ability and evidence of self-motivation and research potential, including the ability to conduct research activities under limited supervision
  • publications in refereed journals
  • demonstrated written and oral communications skills, including preparing and making scientific presentations
  • demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others in multidisciplinary teams

Desirable criteria are:

  • experience with in-vivo neurophysiological data acquisition and / or analysis of neurophysiological data
  • familiarity with background areas such as nonlinear dynamics, statistical physics, oscillation and wave theories, and neuroscience
  • demonstrated ability to relate theoretical predictions to experimental data and vice versa
  • ability to start work by 1 June 2016

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit  and search by the reference number (075/0116) for more information about how to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm 6 March 2016