Staff Scientist

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS


Posted: 27-Feb-24

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open


Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory

Internal Number: JR25323

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Description:

  • Curating and extended our natural motion database.

  • Mentoring graduate students on the analysis of retinal population data, in response to synthetic and natural scenes.

  • Designing novel naturalistic visual stimuli that mimic the statistics of motion in the natural world, using techniques from statistical physics and applied mathematics.

  • Managing an existing collaboration with the group of Olivier Marre at Paris VI university by organizing zoom meetings, analyzing data, working up toy models to develop new stimulus paradigms, and overseeing graduate student progress on these projects.

  • Writing and publishing papers on these findings.

  • Assisting with generating preliminary data and text for grant proposals.

  • Serves as a resource for collecting data and performing analysis. Facilitates and promotes a research project by providing scientific or intellectual information.

  • Trains and mentors laboratory personnel.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Doctorate in computer science or another relevant field or research, such as Applied Mathematics.


  • Three years postdoctoral experience in neuroscience, particularly in visual processing and information theory.

  • Knowledge of and experience with modern computational and machine learning techniques, such as Variational Auto-Encoders, Information Bottleneck approaches in statistical physics.

  • Knowledge of the physiology and anatomy of both vertebrate and invertebrate visual systems. 

Application Documents

  • Cover Letter (required)

  • Resume (required)

  • Contact information for at least 2 references (required)

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