Postdoctoral scholar in Cognitive Neuroscience of Cognitive Control

Employer
University of Iowa
Location
Iowa City, Iowa
Salary
50,000 to commensurate
Posted
Mar 06, 2020
Closes
Apr 05, 2020
Position Type
Full Time

The Cognitive Neurology Laboratory at the University of Iowa, led by Dr. Jan Wessel, is looking to hire two postdoctoral scholars on NIH and NSF funded positions at the earliest time point, with flexible starting dates available throughout 2020.

The postdoctoral scholar(s) would perform research on the topic of Cognitive Control under the direct supervision of Dr. Wessel. Specific topics will be organized in accordance with the applicants’ interests and expertise, but will – broadly construed – be related to the neural mechanisms underlying the processing of unexpected events and / or the inhibitory control of cognition and action.

 

Highly-motivated candidates with the following profile are encouraged to apply; the required qualifications include:

    • PhD or MD/PhD degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, or a related field;

    • Existing track record of peer-reviewed scientific journal publications in the domain of human cognitive control, broadly construed;

    • Expert knowledge of a scientific programming language (preferably MATLAB and/or Python);

    • Experienced in analyzing and interpreting data from one or several of the following human neuroscience techniques: EEG (Intra- or extracranial), Subcortical LFP recordings, TMS (Motor evoked potentials, SICI, LICI, Neuronavigation), fMRI, Pupil dilation;

    • Able to work and learn independently and motivated to contribute to the wider research mission of the lab;

    • Well-organized and able to coordinate an interact with a team of other post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, research assistants, undergraduates, and intra- and extramural collaborators.

 

Dr. Wessel’s lab is situated in the Departments of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa. The lab has space in both the newly constructed Psychological and Brain Sciences Building (est. January 2020), as well as on the adjacent Medical Campus. It is equipped with several EEG and TMS systems, as well as with access to the University of Iowa’s cutting-edge imaging facility, which includes research-dedicated human 3T and 7T fMRI scanners. Moreover, Dr. Wessel’s lab maintains active collaborations with both the Neurosurgical Department at the University of Iowa (Intracranial LFP recordings, ECoG, Deep-brain stimulation), as well as with the Neuropsychology Group in the Department of Neurology (which maintains the Iowa Lesion Patient registry, a one-of-a-kind resource with several hundreds of active brain lesion patients).

Dr. Wessel’s lab is also part of the Cognitive Control Collaborative, a newly founded initiative at the University of Iowa, which combines the expertise of several laboratories working on related topics (lead by Drs. Eliot Hazeltine, Kai Hwang, Jiefeng Jiang, and Jan Wessel).

More info on Dr. Wessel’s lab can be found at www.wessellab.org.

The position is funded for two years initially, with further funding available contingent on satisfactory performance.

The wider University of Iowa provides an active research environment in human cognitive neuroscience, with over a dozen research groups spanning both the University of Iowa’s Department of Psychological and Brain Science as well as the Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The University is centrally located in Iowa City, an award-winning, vibrant college town in the American Midwest, which combines affordable cost of living with an extraordinary cultural, culinary, and international experience. More info on Iowa City can be found at https://psychology.uiowa.edu/cognitive-neurology-lab/iowa-city.

 

Interested applicants are directed to the following URL: https://jobs.uiowa.edu/jobSearch/postdocDetailDisplay.php?requisitionNumber=3276

 

Questions can be sent to Dr. Wessel at jan-wessel@uiowa.edu



    • PhD or MD/PhD degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, or a related field;

    • Existing track record of peer-reviewed scientific journal publications in the domain of human cognitive control, broadly construed;

    • Expert knowledge of a scientific programming language (preferable MATLAB and/or Python);

    • Experienced in analyzing and interpreting data from one or several of the following human neuroscience techniques: EEG (Intra- or extracranial), Subcortical LFP recordings, TMS (Motor evoked potentials, SICI, LICI, Neuronavigation), fMRI, Pupil dilation;

    • Able to work and learn independently and motivated to contribute to the wider research mission of the lab;

    • Well-organized and able to coordinate an interact with a team of other post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, research assistants, undergraduates, and intra- and extramural collaborators.