Duration: At least 1 year, with extensions possible
Closing date: Applications will be evaluated until the closing date:September 1st, 2018
A post-doctoral position is available for an European Research Council funded program grant on neuronal mechanisms of cognition: multisensory convergence for learning and memory. The scientific work is a collaboration between Newcastle University, UK (Profs. Christopher Petkov and Timothy Griffiths), University of Iowa, USA (Department of Neurosurgery, Prof. Matthew Howard III) and University of Birmingham, UK (Profs. Ole Jensen and Simon Hanslmayr).
The successful candidate will work on cutting edge behavioral, fMRI and electrophysiological experiments in nonhuman primates to study neuronal oscillations, cognition and multisensory integration using innovative learning and memory tasks. Testing of cognitively impaired patients or neural recordings in patients being monitored for surgery is possible and will help to translate to humans the mechanistic information that requires the work with primates. Neural system perturbation by stimulation or inactivation will establish causal relationships for learning/memory.
The work will be in the laboratory of Prof. Christopher Petkov at Newcastle University Medical School in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Value of the Award: The salary is commensurate with post-doctoral experience. International applicants are encouraged to apply but will need to have obtained permission to work in the UK prior to appointment.
How to Apply: Send firstname.lastname@example.org a covering letter, full CV and the contact information of at least three individuals as professional references. The covering letter should state how your interests and experience relate to the project and the position. Please include ‘ERC Post-Doctoral Position’ in the email subject field.
A PhD in neuroscience or a related field is required for appointment as a Research Associate, but we can also consider strong candidates close to completing their PhD provided that there is proof that PhD completion will complete before appointment.
We seek an individual who already has evidence as a strong scientist, with strong technical and computing skills (in Matlab and/or Python) including a strong publication track record. Expertise involving behavioral and neurophysiological work in humans (e.g., EEG/MEG/neurophysiology) or related techniques in other animals are strongly recommended. Being able to work independently, professionally, ethically with the nonhuman animals and collegially as part of a team are a must.
Internal Number: RA ERC MECHIDENT
About Newcastle University
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, cutting 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.