The Cognitive Neurology Laboratory at the University of Iowa, directed by Dr. Jan R. Wessel, Ph.D., is looking for a post-doctoral researcher effective immediately. The lab studies cognitive control in humans, and is especially interested in the processing of errors / unexpected events and their effects on behavior and cognition.
The lab uses all methods of human cognitive neuroscience, with an emphasis on intra- and extracranial electrophysiology (EEG, ECoG, and LFP recordings), as well as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. The lab is equipped with two TMS/fMRI compatible EEG systems, an rTMS system, and a dual-pulse TMS system for motor system probes (SICI, LICI, MEP). Furthermore, the we collaborate with the Neurosurgery Department at the University of Iowa on intrasurgical recordings, and have scanning time in the on-site 3T/7T human fMRI facility.
More information on the lab can be found at www.wessellab.org.
The position is funded for two years, with a potential for renewal after that period. The post-doctoral scholar is expected to perform research related to the lab’s broad mission, and to establish their own research projects within that framework.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, or a related discipline, as well as an established publication record in the field of cognitive control and / or human cognitive neuroscience. Proficiency with MATLAB and at least one human imaging method (EEG, fMRI, TMS) is a prerequisite for the position.
Annual pay is $47,484.00 to commensurate.
To apply, please send a letter of interest, a current CV, and arrange for three letters of references to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, or a related discipline, as well as an established publication record in the field of cognitive control and / or human cognitive neuroscience.
Proficiency with MATLAB and at least one human imaging method (EEG, fMRI, TMS) is a prerequisite for the position.
Our research examines the neural mechanisms that underlie flexible behavior and cognition.
We are interested in how humans carry out and maintain goal-directed behaviors; specifically, how the cognitive system resolves challenges to this goal. Common examples of such challenges are unexpected events and action errors.
We investigate the dynamic interplay between brain networks that subserve...:
- The monitoring of the external and internal environment.
- The evaluation of action outcomes.
- The adaptation of ongoing behavior and cognition in the short and long term.
We use a variety of methods to study these questions, including (but not limited to):
- Scalp-recorded Electroencephalography (EEG).
- Invasive recordings of brain activity (ECoG and DBS-LFP recordings).
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
- Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI).
- Computational modeling.
- Autonomic psychophysiology.
Finally, we study how pathological processes, brain lesions, and (ab)normal aging affect these networks.