[Comp-neuro] PhD Student and Postdoctoral Researcher Positions in Neuroimaging, Donders Institute, Nijmegen

Christian Doeller christian.doeller at gmail.com
Thu Feb 17 17:54:14 CET 2011

 PhD Student and Postdoctoral Researcher Positions in Neuroimaging (1,0 fte)
*Donders Institute, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging*
*Vacancy number: 30.03.11*
*Closing date: 15 March 2011*

*Job description*
The newly established PI group of Dr Christian Doeller at the Donders
Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour seeks highly talented and
dedicated postdoctoral researchers and PhD students to work on an exciting
project funded by a recently awarded ERC Starting Grant.

The goal of this project is to gain understanding of how the human brain
maps space and forms episodic memories. Our specific aim is to infer the
fine-scale properties of neural systems in humans by building on models from
single-cell electrophysiology (see Doeller et al., Evidence for Grid Cells
in a Human Memory Network, Nature 2010, 463, 657-661).

The techniques involve combinations of functional magnetic resonance imaging
(fMRI, including 7T high-field scanning), virtual reality technologies,
psychophysics and advanced tools for neuroimaging data analysis.

As a candidate you should have a Master’s degree or equivalent (for the PhD
student positions) or a PhD degree (for the postdoctoral positions) in a
field related to cognitive neuroscience, e.g. experimental psychology,
cognitive science, biology, neuroscience or related disciplines. Excellent
candidates with a background in quantitative disciplines such as
mathematics, physics or engineering who are interested in neuroscience are
also encouraged to apply.

Selection criteria for the postdoctoral positions will consider the record
of published research, familiarity with neuroimaging techniques and
programming skills (Matlab). For the PhD student positions, familiarity with
neuroimaging techniques and good programming skills (Matlab) are desirable.

Proficiency in oral and written English is required. You are expected to
work in an interdisciplinary environment, sharing technical know-how and

The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour consists of the
Centre for Cognition, the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, and the Centre
for Neuroscience.

The mission of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging is to conduct
cutting-edge fundamental research in cognitive neuroscience. Much of the
rapid progress in this field is being driven by the development of complex
neuroimaging techniques for measuring activity in the human working brain -
an area in which the Centre plays a leading role. The research themes cover
central cognitive functions, such as perception, action, control, decision
making, attention, memory, language, learning and plasticity. The Centre
also aims to establish how the different brain areas coordinate their
activity with very high temporal precision to enable human and animal
cognition. The internationally renowned centre currently hosts more than 100
PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from more than 20 nationalities,
offering a stimulating and multidisciplinary research environment. The
centre is equipped with three MRI scanners (7T, 3T, 1.5T), a 275-channel MEG
system, an EEG-TMS laboratory, several (MR-compatible) EEG systems, and
high-performance computational facilities. English is the lingua franca at
the centre.
Website: http://www.ru.nl/donders

*Conditions of employment*
Employment: 1,0 fte
PhD student: The starting salary is €2,042 per month and will increase to
€2,612 per month in the fourth year.
Postdoctoral researcher: Depending on experience, the gross salary will be
between €3,195 and €4,374.

*Additional conditions of employment*
Duration of the PhD-student contracts: 4 years.
Duration of the postdoctoral contracts: 3 years (extension possible).

In addition to the gross monthly salary, you will receive two yearly 8%
bonuses (holiday and end-of-year).

*Other Information*
You should submit your application in a single PDF file, including an
application letter, a statement of research interests, your CV, and the
names of two persons who can provide references.

*Additional Information*
Dr Christian Doeller, Principal Investigator
Telephone: +31 24 3610983
E-mail: christian.doeller at donders.ru.nl

You can apply for the job (mention the vacancy number 30.03.11) *before 15
March 2011* by sending your application -preferably by email- to:

Radboud University Nijmegen, P&O department
PO Box 7005, 6503 GM NIJMEGEN, NL
Telephone: +31 24 3611173
E-mail: vacatures at dpo.ru.nl
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