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Dear colleagues,

with apologies for eventual crossposting, please find below the information
about an open postdoctoral position at ISI Foundation.

Best regards,

Giovanni Petri, PhD
Principal Researcher,
ISI Foundation, Torino - IT -

Job Description
The ISI Foundation ( ) is looking for an exceptional
candidate to fill an open postdoctoral position in Topological Data
Analysis and Network Science for neuroscience, with particular focus
on structural
and functional brain connectivity in neurodegenerative diseases.
The appointed researcher will work within the scope of the ADnD
Detection of Neurodegenerative Diseases") project in the ISI "Mathematics
and Foundations of Complex Systems” group.  ADnD is a multidisciplinary
effort that aims to develop, implement and validate a set of novel
theoretical topology-inspired tools, complementary to network tools, for
the detection and analysis of brain activity patterns, able to capture
functional and physical distributed (or mesoscale) coordination patterns.
The project work focuses on Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer's Disease,
but its insights are expected to be valuable across a range of normal and
neurodegenerative conditions thanks to its symbiosis of data-driven
approaches, complex systems, computational topology 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 (this has not been
defined - do you mean ISI?)  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;
   2. Decode and interpret brain spatio-temporal motifs and their role in
   integrating (or hindering, in the case of pathologies) information
   3. Carry out innovative, impactful research in the areas of: topological
   data analysis, functional brain networks and mesoscopic computational
   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
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
< > and Prof. Mario
Rasetti < >) 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 November 17th 2017 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 <[log in to unmask]>.
For any further information, please refer 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:      no later than February 1st 2018
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Evaluation begins immediately.


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