Postdoctoral Researchers

Applications are invited for postdoctoral positions in the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at Columbia University. Postdoctoral researchers in these positions will have significant independence to work on research projects of their choice in collaborations with other postdocs, students, Center faculty and experimentalists both at and outside Columbia. Research at the Columbia Center for Theoretical Neuroscience involves using computational and theoretical approaches to study topics in neuroscience at the synaptic, cellular, circuit, and behavioral levels. Of specific interest are learning and memory, synaptic dynamics, network dynamics, sensory processing, motor control, and neural pathologies.

Please visit our publications page for a list of recent publications. Successful candidates will also be integrated into the large, vibrant neuroscience community at Columbia University.

These positions are funded for several years, with an initial one-year appointment and an expectation of extension to at least three years given satisfactory performance. The salary is competitive, and the start date is negotiable although positions are available immediately. Applicants are expected to have a PhD in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Neuroscience, Biology, or a related discipline and, preferably, experience in theoretical neuroscience or the statistical analysis of neuroscience data.

To apply

For faculty consideration, please send the following documents to

CV, including a list of publications
Statement of research interests
Three letters of reference

Reference writers should send their letters directly to

Graduate Students

Our Center does not itself constitute a Ph.D.-granting program. Rather, you can do your Ph.D. research in our Center while enrolled in, and otherwise meeting the requirements of, any Columbia Ph.D.-granting program.

We are most closely associated with the Neurobiology and Behavior program, and are very involved in admissions decisions for that program and also for the M.D.-Ph.D. program and to a lesser extent the Integrated Ph.D. program at the medical school. Liam Paninski is also in the Statistics program, and can play a role in the admissions process for that department. There are many other relevant programs from which Theory Center students may come, but again we do not play any direct role in these programs or their admissions. These include the other Medical School Ph.D. programs and the Applied MathematicsBioengineering, (see also Paul Sajda's home page), BiologyComputer ScienceElectrical Engineering (see also Aurel Lazar's home page), Physics, or Psychology (see also Norma Graham's homepage) programs. Theory Center students currently come from the Neurobiology and Behavior, Integrated, M.D.-Ph.D., Applied Math, and Physics programs.

We are most strongly committed to taking in students that we were involved in selecting for admission. To date, strong students in other programs who wish to work in the Theory Center have generally not had problems finding a theory center advisor; while we are not anticipating changes, it is always possible that this may change and we can make no promises.

Note that the priority application deadline for many programs is in early or mid December.

Junior Faculty Position

The Department of Neuroscience, the Department of Statistics, and the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University invite applications for two tenure-track positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, to begin in 2018.

One position will focus on theoretical neuroscience with an appointment in the Department of Neuroscience. The other position will focus on the application of statistics to neuroscience with an appointment in the Department of Statistics. Both positions will include appointments as well as office and laboratory space in the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience and the Grossman Center of the Statistics of Mind within the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute housed in the Jerome L. Greene Science Center at Columbia.

The Zuckerman Institute brings together scientists from diverse backgrounds whose research focuses on brain function, wiring, and development. We are seeking dynamic scientists interested in exploiting this multidisciplinary environment by interacting with Zuckerman Institute faculty as well as with others in the Columbia neuroscience, biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and machine learning communities, including the Data Science Institute.

Zuckerman Institute faculty will function as full members of their home departments: tenure will be granted by the home department and faculty will contribute to teaching in their home departments and the Zuckerman Institute.

Candidates will be expected to show expertise and an ability to lead a research program in theoretical and/or statistical neuroscience. Applicants are expected to have a strong record of scientific achievement and to demonstrate the ability to engage in innovative research and teaching. Applicants should hold a PhD in neuroscience, statistics, or a related area.

Applications should be submitted through this link:

The following documents should be uploaded with your application: cover letter, CV, research plan, teaching statement, three letters of reference or a listing of at least three references that can be contacted, and the inclusion of one or two publications.

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.  

We will start to evaluate applications on December 1, 2017.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer --Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.