2018-00328 - Postdoc in Theoretical Neuroscience funded by the Human Brain Project (SP4, theory)

Niveau de diplôme exigé : Thèse ou équivalent

Fonction : Post-Doctorant

Niveau d'expérience souhaité : De 3 à 5 ans

A propos du centre ou de la direction fonctionnelle

The Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée center counts 37 research teams and 9 support departments. The center's staff (about 600 people including 400 Inria employees) is composed of scientists of different nationalities (250 foreigners of 50 nationalities), engineers, technicians and administrators. 1/3 of the staff are civil servants, the others are contractual. The majority of the research teams at the center are located in Sophia Antipolis and Nice in the Alpes-Maritimes. Six teams are based in Montpellier and a team is hosted by the computer science department of the University of Bologna in Italy. The Center is a member of the University and Institution Community (ComUE) "Université Côte d'Azur (UCA)".

Contexte et atouts du poste

The project will be focused on modeling and analysing the limits of large populations of neurons. We are particularly interested to study multiple-time scale phenomena within this framework. The position is within the SP4 (Theory) of the HBP. Candidates should have a background in mathematics or physics. They will be expected to interact with other participants of SP4 as well as with some participants of SP3. The project will be supervised by Mathieu Desroches, Olivier Faugeras and Romain Veltz.

Mission confiée

The postdoc will develop new mean field models as limits of large population of neurons, taking into account a possible timescale separation that persists up to the limit. Then the analysis of this model will involve tools from bifurcation and singular perturbation theory. The limit will be also computationally confronted to the finite size network dynamics.

Principales activités

  • mathematical analysis of a network model and its mean-field limit
  • numerical simulation of the network and comparison with the behaviour in the limit
  • interaction with experimentalists from the SP3 of HBP


Of particular interest to us is a familiarity of the candidate with slow-fast dynamical systems, singular perturbation theory, bifurcation theory, probability theory, large deviations theory, and a strong interest in applying these theories to neuroscience. Ability and willingness to do programming will also be a strong point to select candidates.

Avantages sociaux

  • Subsidised catering service
  • Partially-reimbursed public transport
  • Social security
  • Paid leave
  • Flexible working hours
  • Sports facilities


Duration: 24 months
Location: Sophia Antipolis, France
Gross Salary per month: 2653€