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Postdoc position / RS-fMRI and sMRI / impact of air pollution and SES on school-age children

Departament of Psychology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Kraków (PL)
First year 7300/8500 PLN/month net, 2nd/3rd year 9000/9500 PLN/month net + benefits
Closing date
Mar 17, 2023

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A postdoctoral position is available in the Neurosmog project in the Szwed lab in the department of Psychology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland,  to work on the impact of ambient air pollution and socioeconomic inequalities on the developing brain in school-age children . The successful candidate is expected to analyze the recently collected resting-state fMRI dataset, with the possibility for additional structural MRI analyses.

The Neurosmog project endeavours to investigate the effects of air pollution on behavioural and neural changes in school-age children (Markevych et al., IJERPH, 2022). It combines four scientific teams in the fields of pollution assessment, child psychology, neuroimaging and epidemiology with the common goal of determining the impact of ambient air pollution on the developing brain in school age children. The dataset comprises high-quality MRI and rich behavioural data from 236 ADHD cases and 478 healthy controls from small and large towns in southern Poland.

The candidate is expected to carry out analysis of the resting-state fMRI dataset, with the additional possibility of analyzing the sMRI data. The primary focus of the analysis should be on the effects of air pollution and socioeconomic inequality, with additional possibly of green- and bluespace effects. It will be carried out in collaboration with the Institutes' Epidemiology group led by dr Iana Markevych.

The position is for 3 years, until December 2025.

The candidates’ job will be to build and execute MRI data analysis and to present and publish its results.

The candidate will be based in Institute of Psychology at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. JU Institute of Psychology, ranked number one in Poland for psychological research. Located in a newly renovated building in the very heart of Kraków, a vibrant city famous for its architecture, culture and quality of life, the Institute is a renowned centre of excellence and hosts research teams working on themes ranging from neuroimaging and neuroplasticity to health and environmental psychology.

Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent) degree in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field including, computer science, applied mathematics, biology etc., obtained not earlier than in 2012 (extensions possible for parental leave). Previous experience in MRI imaging is indispensable. Experiences with neuroimaging packages (SPM, FSL, Freesurfer and similar) is a plus, but not necessary.

Terms of employment:

The position is available until end of December 2025. Salary for this position will be:

In the first year, approximately 7300 PLN (Net) - for candidates who obtained their PhD after 2016, and approximately 8500 PLN (Net) - for candidates who obtained their PhD between 2013 and 2015.

In the second year, approximately 9000 PLN (Net) and in the third year approximately 9500 PLN (Net)

These salaries sufficient for a high standard life in Kraków, where living costs are substantially lower than the EU average.

Benefits include health coverage (NFZ) for the candidate and his/her family, summer and winter holiday benefit for children and teenagers, childcare subsidy and sport and leisure activities/subsidies. The NeuroSmog project provides ample research funding for equipment, database access, software, conferences and collaborative travel.

To apply send a CV including a list of publications, research experience and scientific interests, and email addresses of two science or professional mentors for possible references to: Enquiries are welcome, and should be sent to the same email address

Applications will be evaluated on a continuing basis until the position is filled

Starting date is May 2023 at latest but can be postponed in exceptional cases

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