SINAPSE: Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology

Earlier this year, the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Ministry of Defense joined their efforts in establishing the SINAPSE: Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology.  With the initial funding of 20M SGD (~16M USD) and allocated space of 1000 square meters in the NUS Center for Life Science, the newly-formed institute already has 5 primary and 5 affiliated faculty members as well as 10 postdoctoral fellows and research assistants.  The Institute’s director is Prof. Nitish V. Thakor, who is also the BME professor at Johns Hopkins University, Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Trans Neural Rehab Eng, and founder of 3 startups.  The SINAPSE institute has specific interest in the development of peripheral and central neuroprosthetics, neuromorphic systems and neurochips, and other research areas in clinical and cognitive neuroengineering. The director’s over-arching vision is to create the environment for interaction among basic scientists, computational scientists, experimentalists and clinicians, engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs. Prof. Thakor is presently in a recruitment mode, aiming during the next 1-2 years to hire 4 additional faculty members and 10 postdocs, essentially doubling the institute’s manpower. He is looking for researchers that pursue clinically-applied brain research, technology development, and commercial translation of devices. For detailed job offerings, please visit the NTZ Jobs page and the official SINAPSE site. If you plan to attend our ICNPD-2012 meeting in Freiburg, Germany this November, you can stop by SINAPSE’s booth and discuss the job requirements and benefits with Prof. Thakor.