About Us

About Us

The Center for Theoretical Neuroscience was established at Columbia University in 2004 as part of the Swartz Program in Theoretical Neuroscience.  The Center is located in the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, an elegant space that allows for extensive interaction within the theory group and with the laboratories with which we collaborate.  Our goal is to establish, through the quality of the Center's research, the excellence of its trainees, and the impact of its visitor, dissemination, and outreach programs, a new cooperative paradigm that will move neuroscience to unprecedented levels of discovery and understanding.  We believe we have one of the most exciting and interactive environments anywhere for bringing theoretical approaches to Neuroscience.

DIRECTORS
Larry Abbott
Ken Miller

FACULTY
John Cunningham
Stefano Fusi
Ashok Litwin-Kumar
Liam Paninski

ADMINISTRATION
Allison Ong
Mahham Fayyaz

Postdoc Positions

The Center for Theoretical Neuroscience (CTN) at Columbia University is looking to fill multiple Postdoc positions immediately. Positions are open under specific projects as well as general research involving computational and theoretical approaches to study topics in neuroscience at the synaptic, cellular, circuit, and behavioral levels.

Candidates should visit our publications page and faculty’s individual pages to determine which faculty member(s) they would like to work with. Current faculty at the Center include:

Larry Abbott, Co-Director
Ken Miller, Co-Director
John Cunningham
Stefano Fusi
Ashok Litwin-Kumar
Liam Paninski

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.

All appointments are initially for one year and are renewable for at least three years given satisfactory performance. The salary is competitive and the start date is negotiable. Successful candidates will also be integrated into the large, vibrant neuroscience community at Columbia University.

Applicants should send the following docs to yao2107@columbia.edu:

1. CV, including a list of publications
2. Statement of research interests
3. Three letters of reference (reference writers should send their letters directly to yao2107@columbia.edu)

 

Columbia University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Columbia values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

PhD Program

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.

 

Columbia University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Columbia values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.