[Neuroinfo] postdoc opportunity University of Exeter

Goodfellow, Marc M.Goodfellow at exeter.ac.uk
Fri May 12 15:02:57 CEST 2017

A new full-time post is available to work with Dr. Marc Goodfellow at University of Exeter from 1 September 2017 on a fixed term basis until 31st August 2019. For more details and to apply, see


Feel free to contact Dr. Marc Goodfellow m.goodfellow at exeter.ac.uk (http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/mathematics/staff/mg401) for further details

Closing date for applications is 11th June 2017

The successful  candidate  will  work  with  Dr Marc  Goodfellow  on  the  project  “Quantifying  uncertainty  in perturbed brain networks: towards a decision support tool for epilepsy surgery”. The primary focus of the project is to develop computational methods to improve our understanding of how seizure dynamics arise in models of brain networks (for example see Goodfellow et al. (2016). Sci Rep, 6(0), 29215. http://doi.org/10.1038/srep29215). This is crucial to aid the development and delivery of treatment for epilepsy, which is a serious neurological disorder that affects up to 1% of the population worldwide. The project will include the development of global optimisation and heuristic methods to search over network structures to find which perturbations optimally suppress the generation of seizure-like dynamics. The successful candidate will have a strong background in at least one of the following areas: dynamical systems, graph theory, network neuroscience, global optimisation,computer science and data analysis. You will possess a PhD in a relevant field (for example Computer Science or Applied Mathematics), demonstrate an interest in interdisciplinary collaboration, be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

The successful candidate will be based in the recently opened Living Systems Institute: a GBP 52.5 million investment into interdisciplinary approaches to further our understanding of disease. They will work as part of a larger team that incorporates the EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare; a GBP 2M award that brings together outstanding scientists from our Systems Biomedicine, Dynamics Systems and Statistical Sciences research groups. They will be embedded in a thriving research environment that currently houses 5 MRC fellows, 13 postdoctoral researchers and 10 PhD students focussed on the application of mathematical and computational tools to important problems in healthcare.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

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