Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Learning Spiking Networks

University of Hertfordshire - School of Computer Science

Duration of contract: Fixed term contract until 31st March 2018 in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a postdoc position in the Biocomputation group, School of Computer Science, at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. The appointment is due to start as soon as possible, with an initial duration until 31st March 2018, with a possibility to extend for two years.

The successful candidate will support our efforts to model learning spiking networks on the SpiNNaker and BrainScaleS neuromorphic hardware systems that are built within the Human Brain Project (HBP). We are looking for a candidate with a keen tenacity in pushing forward the boundaries of future computing off the well-trodden path.

Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent experience in computational neuroscience, neuromorphic computing, machine learning, computer science, or another relevant subject area. Desirable skills include Machine Learning and pattern recognition, deep and recurrent neural networks, self-organisation and unsupervised learning. Experience with GPU computing, or hands-on experience with Neuromorphic platforms such as SpiNNaker or BrainScaleS is a plus.

The Biocomputation group provides a rich and inspiring interdisciplinary research environment that connects Computer Science with Neuroscience and branches out into Machine Learning and Robotics. Founded in the 1960s, the School of Computer Science is among the longest-established and also one of the largest computer science departments in the country. Research in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire excels in Biocomputation, Algorithms and Adaptive systems/Robotics. The University is situated in Hatfield, with frequent direct train connections to London King’s in 20 minutes, and convenient access to Stansted and Luton Airports.

Contact Details: Please contact PI Dr Michael Schmuker, m.schmuker@herts.ac.uk for any informal inquiries.

The University offers a range of benefits including a pension scheme, professional development, family friendly policies, child care vouchers, a fee waiver of 50% for all children of staff under the age of 21 at the start of the course, discounted memberships at the Hertfordshire Sports Village and generous annual leave.

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