Neural Computation Project:
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What is OIST?
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) is an interdisciplinary graduate institute being built in Okinawa, a semitropical island in Japan, with Dr. Sydney Brenner as the founding president. As a precursor of the Institute, four Initial Research Projects were started in March 2004.
The goal of Neural Computation Proect is to understand the neurobiological substrate of human mind by combining top-down computational modeling and bottom-up neurobiological experiments. Recent advances in molecular biology revealed specific genes and molecules responsible for affective and cognitive disorders, such as schizophrenia and depression. However, those disorders are the result of complex interactions between the environment and multiple genes and molecules, most notably the neuromodulatory systems such as dopamine and serotonin.
Understanding such interactions requires computational models including environmental dynamics. For that purpose, we will work on three major subjects:
1) development of
computational frameworks for system identification of biological networks.
By combining theoretical, biological, and engineering approaches, the research shall produce novel software tools for dynamic modeling, highly adaptive robots with emotion-like regulatory functions, and new approaches to therapy and prevention of psychiatric disorders.
Dynamical Systems Group
To develop novel computational framework for modeling dynamic biological networks
Systems Neurobiology Group
To elucidate functions and dynamics of neuromodulatory systems in rodent experiments
Adaptive Systems Group
To explore adaptive mechanisms for survival and reproduction using artificial rodents
Postdoctoral positions are available immediately in the above groups. A Candidates should have solid technical background in mathematics, computation, neurobiology, or engineering and have keen interest in interdisciplinary study of brain functions. Please send 1) CV, 2) list of publications, 3) reprints (or URLs) of up to three major publications, 4) description of research experience and interests, and 5) names and contact information of up to three references to the address below.
Review will start immediately
and continue until the positions are filled. Apointments will be for
one year with possible extensions. Salary is based on the standard
of Japan Science and Technology Agency.
For more information, please e-mail Kenji Doya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laboratory site: Okinawa Health and Biotechnology Center
Principal Investigators of Initial Research Projects: