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Visiting Scholar Program


Numenta invites applications for its Visiting Scholar and Distinguished Visiting Professor programs.   The goals of the program are to exchange ideas, actively participate in Numenta’s internal research discussions, and start research collaborations.  The visitor will get a chance to learn about Hierarchical Temporal Memory (HTM) and our research program in-depth.  S/he will be able to continue their normal research during the visit.

We encourage applications from outstanding young researchers (e.g. late-stage PhD students, postdocs) as well as from established professors and scientists in either computational or experimental neuroscience.  The duration is flexible and customizable based on specific situations, and can be anywhere from a few days to several months.  While we expect the visitor to be salaried through their home institution, funding support is available to cover travel and/or lodging expenses.

The environment at Numenta is highly collaborative and energetic. We support Open Science. All our source code is available via our open source Github project NuPIC. We are located in the heart of Silicon Valley (Redwood City, CA), close to Stanford University and San Francisco.

Research Areas

While there are many experimental neuroscience laboratories, Numenta is unique in its focus on large-scale cortical theory and simulation.  Numenta’s current research focuses on developing a theory of how the neocortex learns the structure of its world through movement (sensorimotor learning). Here are some example specific areas of interest:

  • Sequence learning and prediction in cortex

  • Sensorimotor inference and transformations

  • Common anatomical structure across sensory modalities, specifically the functional connectivity of layers I through VI in cortical columns.

  • Active dendrites, especially properties of apical dendrites, or plasticity mechanisms in active dendrites.

  • Functional properties of feedback connections in cortex

  • Organization of sensory systems, in particular what and where pathways

  • Cortico-thalamic connections

  • Neural representation and the cortical code, specifically sparse distributed representations

  • Representations of action and movement in motor cortex

Our recent publications can be seen at

How To Apply

Interested applicants should send the following to

  • Cover letter with a short writeup (1–3 paragraphs) briefly describing your field of interest, how it relates to HTM, and what you hope to get out of the visit.  Note that prior experience with HTM is not necessary, but you should have some idea of what aspects of HTM theory interest you.

  • Current curriculum vitae including list of published papers and 2 references we can contact.

  • One or two papers that best represent your current research (unpublished work or presentations are ok, we will not distribute).