Open Position: Post Doc in Topological and Network Neuroscience

Job Description
We invite applications for one Postdoctoral Researcher in Topological and Network Neuroscience to work with Dr. Giovanni Petri at ISI Foundation.
This  is a full-time, 1-year fixed term position (renewable for a second  year).  This interdisciplinary project will leverage recent advances in  topological data analysis tools to investigate structural  and dynamical alteration in brain connectivity and functions, with  special attention to neurodegenerative diseases. The appointed  researcher is expected to interact with members of the group, as well as  with graduate and phd students, and to work across a range of  applications of network and topological data analysis, exemplified by  the multiple internal and external collaborations (with the ISI "Mathematics and Foundations of Complex Systems” Lab led by Prof. Yamir Moreno, with the computational neuroscience group led by Dr. Demian Battaglia, Aix-Marseille; with the Brain Dynamics Lab, led by Prof. Manish Saggar, Stanford;  with the cognitive control lab led by Prof. Jonathan Cohen, Princeton). While the appointed researcher will focus on  analysis and modelling of neurodegenerative conditions, the techniques  developed  are expected to be valuable across a range of data-driven  approaches, e.g. complex systems, computational topology, machine  learning and computational mesoscopic modelling.
Duties  of the researches will range from experimental studies to theoretical  and methodological work including the development and testing of  computational algorithms.
In addition to the main research project, the group works  also on fundamental problems in statistical topology, simplicial  modelling of social and biological systems and predictability of  socio-biological systems.

We welcome applicants with a strong background in computational  neuroscience, neuroimaging, statistical physics, machine learning,  artificial intelligence, complex systems, or other closely related  fields. Our priority is to attract  researchers  who are either technically very strong and interested in asking bold  new questions about how our brain works, or coming from the  neurosciences and want to position themselves at the forefront of data  analysis techniques.

Specifically you will:
  1. Design  and implement large-scale studies of functional neural data based on  concepts borrowed from topological data analysis, network science and deep learning, working on high-quality datasets of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Diseases and dementia;
  2. Decode  and interpret brain spatio-temporal motifs and their role in  integrating (or hindering, in the case of pathologies) information  processing;  
  3. Carry  out innovative, impactful research in the areas of: topological data  analysis, functional brain networks and mesoscopic computational  modelling;
  4. Produce  high quality scientific and technical outputs including journal  articles, conference papers and presentations and technical reports.
Required skills:
Ph.D in Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience, Mathematics, Physics or related quantitative field.
Experience in complex networks, statistical mechanics or topological data analysis.
Have good programming skills in at least one of the following languages Matlab, Python, C++.
Fluency in English both spoken and written.
Highly collaborative spirit and personal initiative.  
And obviously excellent personal skills.

Additional desired skills:
Experience with EEG and fMRI is optional but appreciated.
Knowledge of computational models of neural populations or whole-brain brain modelling is optional, but appreciated.

ISI offers:
We provide an unusually rich opportunity for collegial interaction in a highly competitive environment. Mentoring will be provided by a multidisciplinary faculty team including co-investigators on the project (Dr. Giovanni Petri, Prof. Yamir Moreno, Prof. Francesco Bonchi) and collaborators from neurology, computer science, mathematics and complex systems science. We  provide a competitive salary according to the qualifications and  medical and pension benefits according to the Italian State.  
Applications received before the February 15th 2019 will be given priority, but the position will remain open until filled.
The  researcher will be appointed for one year with the possibility to  extend for a second year, based on satisfactory performance.
To apply, please send your cover letter, curriculum vitae and professional reference list to Dr. Giovanni Petri.

ISI  is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis  of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age,  religion or disability.

Position details


Length:                12 months, full-time, with potential to be extended for a second year.
Location:              ISI Foundation, Turin, Italy
Starting date:      as soon as possible
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Evaluation begins immediately.
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