Computational Neuroscientist
Sandia National Laboratories - Albuquerque, NM

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Sandia National Laboratories is one of the country’s largest research and engineering laboratories in the nation, employing over 8,000 people at major facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California. We make enduring contributions to secure our society against high consequence terrorist threats and national incidents through effective use of science, technology, and systems solutions. Please visit our website at www.sandia.gov . We are searching for Computational Neuroscientists for the Cognitive Systems and Cognitive Modeling Departments at the Albuquerque facility. The salary is commensurate. A benefit and relocation package is available. Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy security clearance.

Join our interdisciplinary research program in developing multi-scale models of neural processes. Particular interests in the cellular and circuit level mechanisms underlying human cognitive functions such as learning, memory, decision-making, etc. Research topics of interest include the development and validation of large-scale high-fidelity neural simulations, algorithmic understanding of neural circuits, neural basis of decision-making, neuromorphic computing and brain-machine interfaces. Ability to demonstrate a strong background in neuroscience, and an understanding of relations between neuroscience, cognitive science, and computation. Contribute to ongoing projects and develop new lines of research with potential for application in solving complex problems. Writing proposals, conducting research both independently and in teams, giving presentations, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and contributing to program development. Willingness to travel.

A Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, or related field is required. Requires a passion for applying fundamental neuroscience to develop theories of cognitive function that can be implemented and tested computationally; experience with neuroscience research methods and data analysis; strong publication record; excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills; and demonstrated ability to contribute to, form, and lead multidisciplinary teams.

Desirables include some of the following additional characteristics: laboratory experience in any of: electrophysiology, neural imaging, connectomics, pharmacological manipulations combined with measurement of neural activity. Experimental experience is preferred over clinical experience; demonstrated abilities in mathematical and computational modeling of neural or cognitive function; understanding of related domains, such as: physics, biochemistry, theory of computation, information theory, signal processing, machine learning, control theory, robotics; experience with one or more neural simulators ( NEURON , Genesis, etc.), developing in at least one C-derived programming language (C, C++, C#, Java, etc.), working within formal software engineering processes, and high performance computing platforms; a record of successful grant applications; professional or personal international experience, especially collaborative involvement with the international research community.

Please apply online at http://www.sandia.gov/careers/search-openings.html , click Search for Openings, and reference Job ID Number: 636994.

U.S. Citizenship Required. Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

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