Positions


Postdoc on Behavioural modelling and neural analysis of flexible perceptual decision-making at IDIBAPS / UPF (now Open).

A postdoctoral research position in is available in our lab in collaboration with Alexandre Hyafil at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF, Barcelona).
The postdoctoral fellow will be a vital member of our team in the investigation of perception and cognition using combined theoretical and experimental approaches. More specifically, the fellow’s work will be part of an ERC-funded project aiming to unravel the behavioural principles and the neural mechanisms underlying how recent experience shapes perception and guides decisions. The fellow will (1) characterize the behavioural influence of recent history onto perceptual choices in rats and humans performing acoustic discrimination tasks, (2) analyze population recordings from cortical neurons obtained from rats to uncover the traces of recent history decision biases and (3) build dynamical models of behaviour based on the population recordings using a variety of machine learning tools.

Both our group and the teal of Dr Hyafil are part of the vibrant computational neuroscience community of Barcelona, which promotes the interaction among groups by organizing multiple interaural activities.

Applicants should have a strong background in computational neuroscience or applied mathematics and have a keen interest in interdisciplinary approaches that integrate modeling and experimental research. Programming proficiency (Matlab and/or Python) is required. Experience in machine learning methods, advanced statistics as well as nonlinear dynamical systems will be valued. Ability to collaborate in a pluridisciplinary team is essential. Initial appointment for this position is for two years.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants, please send a resume, names and contact of 3 references and a cover letter explaining your interest and research experience to jrochav [at.] clinic.cat and alexandre.hyafil [at.] gmail.com.


Animal Research Lab Technician (now open).

We offer:

  • A 2 years contract to become the Lab technician of our team, participating in all the laboratory activities.
  • Opportunity to conduct in animal experiments and participate in the research process.
  • Large responsibility and a high degree of autonomy with strong support from the Principal Investigator.
  • Training/courses on working with research animals in the laboratory.
  • Training on simple data analysis techniques.
  • A unique opportunity to shape the laboratory expertise and contribute with ideas on the design of experiments.
  • Competitive remuneration according to Spanish salary standards and depending on previous experience.

You will:

  • Train rats and mice in performing simple perceptual tasks using a computer-controlled system that records and controls the behavioral apparatus.
  • Perform brain surgeries for implanting subcranial electrodes or cannulas.
  • Conduct the behavioral experiments during which animals brain activity will be recorded or manipulated.
  • Quantify and monitor the behavioral performance of the animals using custom-made software. Make simple reports about behavioral performance using simple data analysis programs (e.g. Excell, Matlab).
  • Place laboratory orders regarding the animal experiments.

Our requirements:

  • Previous experience working with mice and rats is an advantage.
  • Responsibility, attention to detail and high motivation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong problem-solving skills as well as organizational capabilities.
  • Ability to keep track of multiple simultaneous animal experiments.
  • Basic computer skills are also necessary. Experience on using Linux, Matlab, Arduino cards or programing skills in any language will be highly valued.
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written). Notions of Spanish or Catalan will be a plus.

To Apply:

  • Applicants are requested to submit a short cover/motivation letter explaining their suitability for the position and curriculum vitae.
  • Applications should be submitted before November 18th 2017 to the project manager Arnau Llobet, as e-mail attachments (PDF format only), to arllobet [at] clinic.cat

Software/Hardware Technician (now open).

We offer:

  • A 2 years contract to become the Lab technician of our team, participating in the design and development of new experiments.
  • Opportunity to develop a new behavioral system to automatically train rodents in decision-making tasks.
  • A unique opportunity to put into practice programming and control systems theory in an innovative and creative research setting .

You will:

  • Develop a new experimental computer-controlled set-up to train and record from multiple animals simultaneously. The set up requires to program in Python, the use of Arduino boards as well as to have basic notions of electronics.
  • You will also develop prototype devices and set-ups for new experiments involving animals behavior.
  • Skills on Video analysis will be also valuable
  • Knowledge administrating Linux computers is also important.
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written). Notions of Spanish or Catalan will be a plus.
  • The position can also be part-time in case the candidate wants to simultaneously study (e.g. undergraduate or Master degree)

To Apply:

  • Applicants are requested to submit a short cover/motivation letter explaining their suitability for the position and curriculum vitae.
  • Applications should be submitted before November 18th 2017 to the project manager Arnau Llobet, as e-mail attachments (PDF format only), to arllobet [at] clinic.cat

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