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The Center for Computational Neuroscience (CCN) aims to develop
theories, models, and computational methods that deepen our
knowledge of brain function - both in health and in disease. CCN
takes a "systems" neuroscience approach, building models that are
motivated by fundamental principles, that are constrained by
properties of neural circuits and responses, and that provide
insights into perception, cognition and behavior. This
cross-disciplinary approach not only leads to the design of new
model-driven scientific experiments, but also encapsulates current
functional descriptions of the brain that can spur the development
of new engineered computational systems, especially in the realm of
machine learning. CCN is one of five centers that make up the
Flatiron Institute, an internal scientific unit of the Simons
Foundation, focused on computational aspects of a wide range of
basic science. The mission of the Flatiron Institute is to advance
scientific research through computational methods, including
theory, modeling, simulation and data analysis.
CCN's research groups include computational vision ( Eero
Simoncelli , PI), neural circuits and algorithms ( Dmitri 'Mitya'
Chklovskii , PI), neuroAI and geometric data analysis ( SueYeon
Chung , PI), and statistical analysis of neural data ( Alex
Williams , PI).
CCN invites applications for paid summer predoctoral positions by
motivated doctoral students in computational neuroscience, physics,
electrical engineering, machine learning, computer science or
related fields. The purpose of this Summer Predoctoral Researcher
Program is to provide doctoral students with an assigned
dissertation advisor and an identified dissertation topic in a
relevant field the opportunity to be employed at the CCN for the
purpose of collaborating on a research project with one or more CCN
staff mentors. Knowledge of neuroscience is helpful but not
required. Interested applicants should review the research group
pages of the PIs listed above, and should describe in their
research statement the project on which they'd like to collaborate
and the research group(s) with whom they'd like to work.
CCN Predoctoral Scholars are invited to participate as full members
of the CCN and Flatiron communities during their term of residency.
CCN Summer Predoctoral Researchers are assigned a primary mentor
and research group within the center, are invited to attend and
present within their research group's meetings, and are also
invited to participate in meetings of CCN's other research groups
as well as center- and Flatiron-wide activities such as guest
lectures, training on use of the Institute's robust scientific
computing resources, and intern social activities. Finally, Summer
Predoctoral Researchers will be invited to present their work at an
Institute-wide symposium held at the end of the residency
The pre-doctoral program will take place in-person at the Simons
Foundation's offices in New York City. CCN will provide eligible
Predoctoral Researchers roundtrip travel to New York City and
subsidized housing for the duration of their employment.
Visit the Flatiron Institute career page to learn more.
- Reporting to the assigned mentor in the CCN, the projects will
involve analysis of neuroscience data and modeling networks,
applying the skills of analytical calculations and computer
- Perform any other duties or tasks as assigned or required
- Candidates should be advanced doctoral students (students with
an assigned dissertation advisor and an identified dissertation
topic) in computational neuroscience, electrical engineering,
physics, computer science or related field.
- Candidates must have permission to participate in the program
from their dissertation advisor/PI (CCN PIs will be in touch with
advisors directly to confirm).
Related Skills & Other Requirements:
- Experience with research projects in electrical engineering,
computer science physics or related fields is helpful.
Pre-Doctoral SummerProgram and Deadlines
- The successful applicant should have experience with
programming in Matlab , Python, or C
- The applicant should have satisfactorily completed Cal III and
- The applicant should have experience with basic optimization
and machine learning techniques
- Elementary knowledge of neuroscience is helpful
- Summer Program: May 30 to August 11
- Deadline to apply: February 1, 2023
Decisions will be made on a rolling basis through Friday, March 17,
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
- Curriculum vitae with bibliography;
- Research statement of no more than two pages describing the
candidate's past research experience, the research project on which
the candidate would like to work, and the CCN research group(s)
with whom the candidate would like to collaborate.
THE SIMONS FOUNDATION'S DIVERSITY COMMITMENT
- This pre-doctoral program pays $26.44 per hour.
Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix
of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to
cultivating an inclusive work environment. The Simons Foundation
provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for
employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex,
national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic
disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status, or any
other protected category under federal, state and local law