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Fixed-term contract: You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour is a world-class interfaculty research centre that houses more than 700 researchers devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of the human mind. Research at the Donders Institute is focused around four themes: 1. Language and communication, 2. Perception, action and control, 3. Plasticity and memory, 4. Neural computation and neurotechnology. Excellent, state-of-the-art research facilities are available for the broad range of neuroscience research that is being conducted at the Donders Institute. The Donders Institute has been assessed by an international evaluation committee as ‘excellent’ and recognised as a ‘very stimulating environment for top researchers, as well as for young talent’. The Donders Institute fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary, supportive research environment with a diverse international staff. English is the lingua franca at the Institute.
As a PhD candidate you will join the Foundations of Natural and Stochastic Computing (“Foundations”) Group, led by PI Johan Kwisthout, who will be your daily supervisor. In this group we study the foundations of natural and stochastic computing. The group's research is centred on two research lines: (I) foundations and applications of probabilistic graphical models and (II) foundations of neuromorphic computing. In the first line we study topics such as computational complexity, approximate inference algorithms, Bayesian statistics, non-parametric Bayes, explainable AI (in particular in the healthcare domain), and computational modelling of cognition, focused on the Predictive Processing account in neuroscience. In the second line we study topics such as computational complexity, neuromorphic/hybrid algorithm design (in particular with respect to Green ICT), hardware-software co-design in neuromorphic engineering, brain-inspired models of computation, and philosophy of neuromorphic computation. Your research will be embedded in the first research line.
Houtlaan 4, 6525 XZ, Nijmegen
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