[Comp-neuro] Post-doctoral fellow in affective neuroscience of stress and fear

Christian F. Beckmann beckmann at fmrib.ox.ac.uk
Tue Jan 4 15:40:00 CET 2011

Post-doctoral fellow in affective neuroscience of stress and fear

The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior seeks to hire a post-doctoral fellow in affective neuroscience of stress and fear in the laboratory of Guillén Fernández. The Fernández Lab probes the brain basis of memory, emotion, and their interactions. It applies an interdisciplinary approach integrating cognitive neuroimaging, pharmacology, genetics, and diverse clinical disciplines. The current fMRI project studies the interplay between psychological stress/fear and cognition with a special focus on vigilance, emotional control, memory, and conditioning. It uses stress induction procedures, sophisticated pharmacological manipulations, and genetic analyses (see below for a list of selected, recent publications of the Fernández lab on this topic). 

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a consistently strong academic record, including publications in international journals. This individual must be proficient in fMRI research and, most optimally, in conducting pharmacological studies in humans. The research will be conducted at the Donders Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging, a renowned institution with state-of-the-art technical infrastructure including three MRI scanners (1.5-7T), whole-head MEG, TMS, and EEG laboratories. The position is limited for three years, with a probation period of 12 months. The position is structurally funded. In order to receive consideration for this position, applicants should send a CV, a brief description of the applicant’s research interests and two email addresses of experts in the field who could provide a reference. 

For further details about the research enviroment, please visit our internet page


or contact: Prof. Dr. Guillén Fernández (g.fernandez at donders.ru.nl)

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

You can apply for the job by sending your application -preferably by email- to: 

Prof. Dr. Guillén Fernández
Radboud University Nijmegen 
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior, 
Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
P.O. Box 9101//204
6500 HB Nijmegen

E-mail: g.fernandez at donders.ru.nl

For the position relevant publications from the Fernández Lab

1. van Wingen GA, Geuze E, Vermetten E, Fernández G. Perceived threat predicts the neural sequelae of combat stress. Molecular Psychiatry, in press

2. Urner M, van Wingen GA, Franke B, Rijpkema M, Fernández G, Tendolkar I. Genetic variation of the alpha2b-adrenoceptor affects neural correlates of successful emotional memory formation. Human Brain Mapping, in press

3. Henckens MJAG, van Wingen GA, Joëls M, Fernández G. Time-dependent effects of corticosteroids on human amygdala processing. Journal of Neuroscience 2010; 30: 12725-12732

4. van Marle HJF, Hermans EJ, Qin S, Fernández G. Enhanced resting-state connectivity of amygdala in the immediate aftermath of acute psychological stress. Neuroimage 2010; 53: 348-354

5. Cousijn H, Rijpkema M, Qin S, van Marle HJF, Franke B, Hermans EJ, van Wingen G, Fernández G. Acute stress modulates genotype effects on amygdala processing in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 2010; 107: 9867-9872

6. van Wingen GA, Rijpkema M, Franke B, van Eijndhoven, Tendolkar I, Verkes RJ, Buitelaar JK Fernández G. The brain-derived neurotrophic factor Val66Met polymorphism affects memory formation and retrieval of biologically salient stimuli. Neuroimage 2010; 50: 1212-1218

7. Ossewaarde L, Hermans EJ, van Wingen GA, Kooijman SC, Johansson IM, Bäckström T, Fernández G. Neural mechanisms underlying changes in stress sensitivity across the menstrual cycle. Psychoneuroendocrinology 2010; 35: 47-55 

8. van Marle HJF, Hermans EJ, Qin S, Fernández G. From specificity to sensitivity: How acute stress affects amygdala processing of biologically salient stimuli. Biological Psychiatry, 2009; 66: 649–655

9. Henckens MJAG*, Hermans EJ*, Pu Z, Joëls M, Fernández G. Stressed memories: How acute stress affects memory formation in humans. Journal of Neuroscience 2009; 29: 10111-10119

10. Qin S, Hermans EJ, van Marle HJF, Luo J, Fernández G. Acute psychological stress reduces working memory-related activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Biological Psychiatry 2009; 66: 25-32

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