A post-doctoral position is available for a jointly funded Wellcome Trust and European Research Council project on “Direct intracranial recordings of fronto-temporal pathways in the human brain”. This project is a collaboration between the University of Iowa, USA (Department of Neurosurgery, led by Professor Matthew Howard III) and Newcastle University Medical School, UK (Professors Christopher Petkov and Tim Griffiths). The work will involve professionally conducted studies with neurosurgical patients at the University of Iowa.
The work will focus on understanding the neurobiology of fronto-temporal brain regions supporting comprehension and cognition, such as how we identify individuals by hearing their voice or seeing their face and how we learn language. The studies will also inform on the connectivity between frontal and temporal lobe regions using innovative approaches being used by the clinical group in Iowa and in parallel in Newcastle with primate models. Our goal is to assist medical science by providing insights on neural mechanisms that support auditory or multisensory communication of relevance for understanding human disorders such as forms of aphasia and agnosia following stroke or brain degeneration.
The applicant will live and work near the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA and support the collaboration with periodic visits (~2 trips per year about 1-2 weeks duration) to the laboratory of Prof. Christopher Petkov at Newcastle University Medical School in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The ideal candidate will possess a PhD in neurobiology, or a related field, have a strong publication track record and experience with electrophysiological methods (e.g., EEG, extracellular recordings), methods of stimulating the brain (TMS, DCS) and/or functional MRI. We require a strong team player with a proven track record being able to successfully advance their own research and to contribute to collaborative projects.
Financial support is available for 3 years and the successful applicant has the opportunity to receive training in state-of-the-art neurobiological technologies.
Applications will be reviewed from: July 15th, 2017 until the position has been filled.
Value of the Award: The salary is commensurate with post-doctoral experience. UK/US applicants are encouraged to apply. Applications from other international applicants will also be considered but the applicant may need to secure or have already obtained a permit to work in the US and necessary visas to travel to the UK several times a year.
How to Apply: Please submit a covering letter, full CV and the contact information of at least three individuals who can provide professional references. The covering letter should state how your interests and experience relate to the project. Send your application documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and please include ‘Wellcome Trust Post-Doctoral Position Iowa’ in the subject field.
Additional Salary Information: Value of the Award: The salary is commensurate with post-doctoral experience. UK/US applicants are encouraged to apply. Applications from other international applicants will also be considered but the applicant may need to secure or have already obtained a permit to work in the US and necessary visas to travel to the UK several times a year.
The Laboratory of Comparative Neuropsychology is a part of the Institute of Neuroscience (IoN), at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. The Institute is a part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University and is one of a few places in the world with the capability to conduct comparative studies on brain function with functional magnetic-resonance imaging (fMRI) technology, cut...ting edge neurophysiology and cortical manipulation (such as microstimulation and pharmacological inactivation). Newcastle in the North East of England is a socially friendly coastal area with high quality of life and a reasonable cost-of-living. The gem in the area, and its strength, is the University and Hospital system.