We are hiring at all levels!

The noiseLab has multiple openings (MSc/PhD/postdoc) thanks to a couple of newly-funded grants.

Projects will focus on

understanding the biological solution(s) to the stability/plasticity dilemma. In dynamic environments, our brains have a remarkable capacity to balance the plasticity needed for continual learning against the stability needed to reliably maintain beliefs or policies over time. We want to understand how this happens.

Our approach

combines (1) large-scale neural recordings/causal manipulations in non-human primates, (2) human psychophysics, and (3) computational models of neural data and behavior. We welcome candidates who are interested in any or all of these techniques.

The lab is located

in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Montréal (UdeM). The department is highly collaborative, Montréal is a great place to live, and UdeM has some unique bridges between neuroscientists and AI researchers. Because the stability/plasticity dilemma is an important open question in both neuroscience and AI, successful candidates will be people who are excited to integrate themselves into this broader AI-Neuroscience community.

We expect

successful candidates to undertake a research project that involves some combination of behavioral experiments in humans, large-scale electrophysiology studies in the rhesus macaque, and computational modeling. All positions will involve collecting data, analyzing data, writing for fellowships and travel awards, and disseminating research in talks, posters, and publications. The ideal candidates will be excited to take the lead on their own project, coordinating with others for support as needed. All students in the lab are expected to participate in other professional development activities related to their long-term career goals, whatever those may be.

We are looking for

people who bring something interesting to the table. We know that working in a diverse and inclusive lab makes us better scientists and happier people, and we encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and with all identities. We find that the people who have the most success in the lab have at least some of the following qualifications (and are motivated to develop the others):
  • Programming experience (ideally Matlab and/or Python).
  • Previous experience in collecting and/or analyzing neurophysiology data.
  • Previous experience with non-human primates or other large mammals.
  • Strong quantitative background, including familiarity with dynamical systems theory, control theory, and linear algebra.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

If you would like to apply,

please send your CV to becket@ebitzlab.com. In your email, please describe 1) why you are interested in the position, and 2) your background, including any previous research you have done. We will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue until the positions are filled. The start date is negotiable, but ideally summer 2022.