Joint meeting with the 2017 QBI Plasticity Workshop and the 10th Australasian Workshop on Neuro-Engineering and Computational Neuroscience

Dec 13-15th 2017
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Confirmed speakers:
Polina Anikeeva (MIT)
Bernard Balleine (UNSW)
Daphne Bavelier (U Geneva)
John Bekkers (ANU)
Kwabena Boahen (Stanford)
Tobias Bonhoeffer (Max Planck Martinsried)
Rosa Cossart (INMED Marseille)
Kenji Doya (Okinawa)
Adrienne Fairhall (U Washington)
Marta Garrido (U Queensland)
Alex Pouget (U Geneva)
Pankaj Sah (U Queensland)
Andre van Schaik​ (Western Sydney)
Rafael Yuste (Columbia)

Abstract submissions for poster presentation are due by Oct 1st (extended deadline October 9th). Some submissions will be selected for oral presentation. See for more details.

Professor Geoffrey J Goodhill
Queensland Brain Institute and School of Mathematics & Physics
University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia

Post-doctoral Fellowship in modelling brain networks and dynamics (Monash)

We seek a talented post-doctoral researcher to work on developing and applying biophysical models of large-scale brain dynamics, particularly neural mass models and neural field models, with a focus on:
applying the models to understand empirical brain imaging data acquired with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), electroencephaolography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and/or transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
integrating the models with data derived from genetic and other molecular techniques
using the models to understand brain disturbances in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.

The position is funded for three years and is offered at level A or B, depending on experience and track record. The Fellow will be based in team of A/Prof Fornito in the Brain and Mental Health Lab at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. It involves close collaboration with Prof Gustavo Deco, and will require regular travel to Prof Deco’s lab at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain.

For further details, please see:

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neurophysics of Sleep-Wake Dynamics and Circadian Rhythms

School of Physics, The University of Sydney
Reference no. 721/0417
• The position focuses on studying sleep-wake and circadian dynamics phenomena in the brain using mechanism-based modelling approaches and experimental data across various dynamical scales: from neurons to behavior
• Full-time, fixed term for 2 years with the possibility of extension to 3 years, subject to performance, funding, and need
Remuneration package: $104k-112k pro rata p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% superannuation

About the opportunity
Applications are sought for Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A) in the School of Physics in the Complex Systems Group led by Professor Peter Robinson. The group is involved in a number of interdisciplinary research centres, including the NHMRC Centre of Excellence for Translational Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology (NeuroSleep), the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (CIBF), and the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety, and Productivity, as well as numerous national and international collaborations.

About you
The successful applicant will work with a team of researchers on a variety of sleep-wake and circadian-related projects that underpin a wider program of sleep-wake and circadian research, including understanding and modelling of the relevant neurobiological mechanisms during normal sleep-wake cycles, circadian misalignment (e.g. jetlag), and sleep restriction, as well as prediction of dynamics in real-world conditions. Continue reading

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:

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

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 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.

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

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:


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:

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

Employment Link

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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” —
b. “Describing network and information processing co-development” —
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 —
Research areas relating to information theory and complex networks theory will be prioritised.
Please contact Prof. Prokopenko or Dr. Lizier with any questions.