Location: Universidad de San Martín, Buenos Aires, (Argentina)

—Doctoral and postdoctoral (junior PI) positions —


The ECyT and the Cemsc3 at UNSAM anticipate to hire two postdoctoral/junior investigator and three doctoral fellows in statistical physics/computational biology. The Complex Systems Lab of Dr. Chialvo is a leader in the application of statistical physics approaches to study complex phenomena at all scales, from nano-science to large scale neuro-imaging, including the dynamics of organelles and proteins and computational approaches to complex data. See http://www.chialvo.net.

The openings are in:

* Statistical mechanics of collective neuronal dynamics. Dynamic scaling. Computational analysis of very large optogenetics recordings.

* Development of theory and numerical approaches to characterise and predict the response of large numbers of neurons to patterned optogenetics perturbations.

These openings are supported by a grant from the Brain Initiative of the National Institute of Health (NIH, USA) for a multi-center project funded for five years which includes experimental and computational work in six state of the art labs across the world, including Italy, the United States and Argentina. 

Both of these positions involve close collaborations with the four experimental groups conducting experiments in behaving mice while recording neuronal activity somatosensory, olfactory and auditory cortices. Thus candidates will have novel opportunities at the intersection of data interpretation, algorithms, and experimental design. In addition, a yearly meeting of the six teams will provide a chance to further discussions and networking.

The experiments use optogenetics techniques and patterned light to stimulate and record simultaneously very large numbers of neurons in the brains of trained, behaving mice and use this approach to explore long-standing questions about the encoding and readout of sensory signals guiding specific behaviors.

The Chialvo lab co-leads the theoretical efforts aimed at determining the functional role of long range spatiotemporal correlations and to develop numerical approaches to analyse the large scale patterns of neuronal activity collected by the experimental projects.

Salaries are anticipated to be slightly above the current scale of the National Science and Technology Council (Conicet).  


For the postdoctoral/junior PI positions, the ideal candidate will have a strong  statistical physics/math background and Ph.D. experience in computational physics/biology, neuroscience or a similar discipline. Strong computing (programming, data analysis, statistical inference, etc.), publication, and communication skills are essential.

For the doctoral fellowships, the ideal candidates are Physics Licenciature/Master students aiming at a Physics or Neuroscience Ph.D having an extensive computational physics expertise.

Outstanding applicants new to computational biology will also be considered as the lab has an extensive record of training candidates who originally studied in other fields, including physics, applied math, computer science, and experimental molecular biology

Across these backgrounds, enthusiasm and aptitude for computational/statistical physics are what define the lab. Interested applicants should send a CV and a research statement to Dante Chialvo at busqueda_investigadores_ecyt@unsam.edu.ar. Reference letters will be requested subsequently.


The Center for Complex Systems & Brain Sciences is part of School of Science and Technology, within the University of San Martín, a young public university with mayor focus in research. Since it opening two years ago the Center’ mission is to foster multidisciplinary research in complex systems with emphasis in statistical mechanics approaches in order to shape neuroscience research on strong mathematical  bases, and   to empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

The UNSAM campus is located in San Martín, adjacent to one of the largest density of physicists in Argentina, including INTI and CNEA-Constituyentes. CEMSC3 resides in temporary quarters and anticipate to move to a state-of-the-art eleven floors facility being constructed. The Center hosts a Cognitive Neuroscience and a Complex Systems lab which collaborates regularly with many groups across the world as well as local groups including University of La Plata, University of Cordoba, Universidad Favaloro, etc.

Apply sending a CV, research statement and names of references to busqueda_investigadores_ecyt@unsam.edu.ar