Opportunities

UA Neuroscience Graduate Interdisciplinary Program – December 1 Deadline

Interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Arizona (UA) Neuroscience Program?

Website: http://www.neuroscience.arizona.edu/ (application deadline: 12/1/16). Characteristics of a strong application will include a GPA of 3.5 or higher, 3 strong letters of recommendation from professors and a strong personal statement indicating basis for interest in graduate study in neuroscience, relevant background and career goals.

Students in good standing with the Neuroscience program will receive an annual stipend of $26,000 ($27,000 after comprehensive exams), in and out of state tuition waivers and health insurance.

This is an interdisciplinary program consisting of over 50 faculties whose research spans molecular, cellular, systems and cognitive/behavioral neuroscience across a wide range of vertebrate and invertebrate species. They have particular strong cluster areas in cognitive neuroscience, insect neurobiology, neuropharmacology, motor control, neural circuits for behavior and developmental neurobiology, making the Program a standout nationally. The type of unique training and mentorship acquired through the program have enabled alumnus to become successful faculty at research universities (some have even returned to the UA!) and liberal arts colleges, leaders at government agencies including NIH, NSF and DOD and private foundations as well as policy makers and researchers in Biotech companies. In addition, Tucson is a great place to live, with a vibrant dining and arts culture, easy warm climate year-round, outdoor adventures (including easy access to national parks), and with very low living costs.

 

PhD Positions in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience at UMass Amherst

The Cognitive Division of the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is recruiting students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience.Their research is centered on fundamental theoretical questions about cognitive function, with particular emphasis on memory, visual and auditory cognition, decision making, attention, psycholinguistics and sleep. They attack those theoretical questions with multiple experimental methods, ranging from basic behavioral measures to eye tracking, event-related potentials (ERP), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), using the new Siemens Skyra 3T scanner recently installed on our campus. The faculty have particular strengths in the use of formal computational models to develop theory and interpret experimental data. There is a high level of collaboration across their laboratories. For further information on individual laboratories, please visit the lab websites of our faculty members, who include: Kyle Cave, Andrew Cohen, Rosie Cowell, Dave Huber, Alexandra Jesse, Joonkoo Park, Caren Rotello, Lisa Sanders, Rebecca Spencer, Jeff Starns and Adrian Staub.

Application guidelines can be found at the UMass PBS Cognitive Division website and at the UMass Graduate School website. The application deadline for entry next Fall is January 2, 2017. Strongly encouragement for prospective students to make contact with individual faculty members prior to applying, to discuss the research interests of specific labs.

UMass Amherst, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a beautiful rural setting close to major urban centers.

 

PhD Position in Cognitive Neuroscience at FIU in Miami

The Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at FIU in Miami (PI Dr. Fabian Soto) is looking for a doctoral student to start in the Fall of 2017. The student will work in the development of new methods to test independent processing of stimulus dimensions in the brain, within a framework that combines general recognition theory (a multidimensional version of signal detection theory) and population encoding models. The developed methods will be applied to the analysis of EEG and fMRI studies on object categorization.

The lab research focuses on understanding the interplay between learning and visual processes in object categorization. There will be use of a combination of behavioral, computational, and brain imaging techniques.

FIU is classified as an R1 (highest research activity) institution by the Carnegie Foundation. It is Florida’s fastest growing public research university, the fourth largest university in the US, and one of the nation’s largest hispanic-serving institutions. FIU has recently established a state-of-the-art neuroimaging center (the Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging Center), which hosts a research-dedicated 3T Siemens MAGNETOM Prisma MRI scanner and a fully equipped mock scanner for pre-scan and movement training.

Any potentially interested candidates with a broad scientific background who are interested in neuroimaging, vision, and computational modeling, please contact Dr. Fabian Soto at fabian.soto@fiu.edu. More information about FIU’s Cognitive Neuroscience doctoral program in Psychology is available at http://cn.fiu.edu.

 

PhD scholarship in Singapore

A fully-funded PhD scholarship is available to work with Dr. Gerrit Maus at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The lab focuses on extrapolation and interpolation phenomena in perception, including motion perception, prediction, and spatial and temporal filling-in. We have excellent facilities for visual psychophysics, eye tracking, TMS, and fMRI, as well as MEG, EEG, and fNIRS equipment (in collaboration with other labs).

Requirements:

–       Self-motivation, independence, and enthusiasm for science

–       Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English

–       A degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Biology, Computer Science, or a related discipline

–       Previous experience with experimental psychology or cognitive neuroscience research (including psychophysics, eye tracking, fMRI, TMS, EEG, MEG, etc.)

–       Programming skills in Matlab or Python highly preferred

NTU is a young and dynamic University ranking amongst the top 5 in Asia. Singapore is a fascinating, multi-cultural city in a tropical climate and a great hub for exploring countless travel opportunities in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Please email maus@ntu.edu.sg for informal enquiries and expressing interest. Official application deadline on the NTU website is 15 November for an expected start date in August 2017.

 

PhD position in the Multisensory Integration and Perception Lab at UCSD

PhD openings to start September 2017 in the Multisensory Integration and Perception Lab at UCSD.

Applications are invited for a PhD position in Viola Störmer’s Laboratory at UC San Diego.

The lab focuses on understanding human perception, selective attention, and multisensory processing.

They study these topics using a combination of psychophysics, experimental psychology, and neuroimaging, in particular EEG (electroencephalogram).

The applicant should have a bachelors degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or related fields.

Programming skills (Matlab/Python, etc) and experience with behavioral and/or EEG testing are desirable, but not necessary.

For more information, go to: http://stoermerlab.ucsd.edu/

 

Postdoc & PhD Positions: Johns Hopkins Perception & Mind Lab

The Perception & Mind Laboratory, directed by Chaz Firestone and located in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow for a targeted start date of summer or fall 2017. The position is fully funded, and the initial appointment is for one year with the opportunity for renewal thereafter.

Specific research topics are flexible and are constrained only by shared interests with the lab, which studies how we see, how we think, and especially how seeing and thinking interact to produce sophisticated behavior. You can learn more about the lab at our webpage: http://perception.jhu.edu . Beyond the lab itself, the candidate would also be joining a large and intellectually diverse community of perception researchers through the JHU Vision Sciences Group — http://www.jhu.vg — a partnership of over a dozen labs from multiple departments studying all aspects of visual perception.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in psychology or cognitive science, a record of published work related to the lab’s interests, and facility with computer programming. However, exceptional candidates with different skills or backgrounds (e.g., philosophy, computer science, neuroscience) who wish to conduct hands-on empirical work in cognitive and perceptual psychology will certainly be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.

To learn more about the position, please write to Chaz Firestone directly at chaz@jhu.edu. To formally apply, please use Interfolio — https://apply.interfolio.com/36447 — to submit a cover letter (including a brief summary of previous research and future plans), a CV, and two published papers or manuscripts. In the CV or cover letter, please include contact information for three references.

Note: If you will be at OPAM/Psychonomics (November 17-20, Boston) and would like to arrange a meeting, please feel free to get in touch!

 

Open Post-doc or PhD position in the Laboratory of Psychophysics, EPFL, Switzerland

Experience with psychophysics is required. Good mathematical understanding or experience with TMS are a big plus.

The PhD position is a 4 years appointment and the salary is approximately 3500 CHF/month after taxes.

The post-doctoral position is a 1-2 years appointment and the salary is approximately 4500 CHF/month after taxes.

PhD students upload their materials on http://phd.epfl.ch/application. Deadline 15.11.2016.
For the post-doc position, please send curriculum vitae, list of publications, the names of three referees, and a short description of your experience in the field by e-mail to:michael.herzog@epfl.ch.

PhD position in the lab of Brad Wyble at Penn State University

The topic of research will be decided in conjunction with the student, but is likely to involve the neural mechanisms underlying visual attention and memory function, broadly construed. This work could be partially supported by one of several ongoing sources of funding including the NSF, the ONR and the Israeli BSF.

The lab attempts to understand the nature of mental representations that are constructed from recent visual experience by building computational models of the neural mechanisms underlying attention and memory. These models are constrained by data from a variety of empirical methods used within the lab, including psychophysics, electrophysiology, and eye-tracking. They have dedicated facilities for EEG and eyetracking within the building, a 100-core supercomputer in the lab, and larger on-campus computing resources. The lab also manages four testing booths that enable rapid psychophysical testing.

Details about ongoing projects can be found at http://wyblelab.com/research, however there is a strong emphasis on student independence in project development and authorship. Students are also encouraged to play a key role in the construction and evaluation of computationally formalized models of neural mechanisms. The lab advocates as well the principles of open science, with data and method sharing using the Open Science Framework among other tools.

A background in programming (MATLAB, Python, etc) or statistics is preferred but more important is a deep curiosity about the neural circuitry that enables attention and memory systems to build an understanding of the external world.

Interested applicants should apply to the Psychology department at http://psych.la.psu.edu/gra duate/prospective-students/how -to-apply-to-graduate-school- in-psychology (Deadline for application: December 1st)

Informal inquires can be directed to Brad Wyble at bwyble@gmail.com

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Part-Time RA at Duke-NUS MMNDL

The Multimodal Neuroimaging in Neuropsychiatric Disorders Laboratory (MNNDL) at Duke-NUS is looking for Part Time Research Assistants to help the research team with data collection involving concurrent Electroencephalography – functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (EEG-fMRI).

Job scope and Responsibilities:
Set-up equipment before the start of experiment
Set-up EEG cap on participant, administer research questionnaires and behavioural tests.
Collect Data during the EEG-fMRI scan while ensuring participant’s safety.
Equipment maintenance, e.g. washing of EEG cap, housekeeping of cables and experiment premises, etc.
Participant recruitment and liaison.

Essential Criteria:
Must be able to commit at least 3.5 hours a day, at least one day per week at your convenience starting from now for a minimum of 6 months. The experiment sessions are usually held in the afternoon, Monday to Friday.
Motivated, self-driven, responsible and able to work independently
Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
Interested in medicine, neuroimaging, psychology, and/or neuroscience research
Completed A – Level Examinations (or equivalent)
Minimum age of 18
Applicant with experience in EEG, fMRI, and other behavioural research is looked upon favourably.

Part Time Research Assistants will be paid $10/hour.

Interested candidates should email Dr Helen Zhou at helen.zhou@duke-nus.edu.sg and cc Ms Loke Yng Miin at yngmiin.loke@duke-nus.edu.sg with both your curriculum vitae and a statement of interest. http://mneuroimaginglab.weebly.com/job-openings.html


Marie Curie FIRE PhD Fellowships, University of Bath, UK

As part of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellowship Programme for Doctoral degrees, we are inviting applications for Fellows with Industrial Research Enhancement (FIRE), which are fully-funded, 4-year PhD Fellowships starting in September/October 2016. Applicants may be from anywhere in the world, but  must not have resided, or carried out their main activity (work or studies), in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior.

In particular we are looking for researchers interested in working at the intersection of psychology and computer science under the joint supervision of Dr Michael Proulx (http://www.bath.ac.uk/psychology/staff/michael-proulx/) and Prof Eamonn O’Neill (http://www.bath.ac.uk/comp-sci/contacts/academics/eamonn_oneill/). We are particularly interested in projects related to multisensory perception or the vision sciences, with applications in virtual and augmented reality and assistive technology for people with sensory impairments.

Applicants must:

* not have resided, or carried out their main activity (work or studies), in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior;
* comply with the EU definition of Early Stage Researchers (specifically, not having previously been awarded a doctoral degree);
* be in possession of, or be expected to be awarded prior to commencement of the Fellowship, a masters level (four year) degree, or equivalent experience following a three year degree:
– in one of the following fields: Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Biology and Biochemistry, or a cognate discipline (the qualifying degree),
– at a level (or equivalent) of a UK first or upper second class grade; and
meet the English language requirements of the University of Bath, Science Graduate School (currently a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with at least 6.0 in each of the four components).

Research topics can be chosen from the broad areas of interdisciplinary expertise in cognitive science, psychology, and computer science with relevance for the Centre for Digital Entertainment (http://digital-entertainment.org/) and the research of the co-supervisors.

All projects are interdisciplinary and supported by industrial or international partners. The stipend will be approximately £17,000 pa, commencing in September 2016.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to m.j.proulx@bath.ac.uk

Application forms and further details will be available soon.


The Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) at the University of Trento (Italy) is offering 14 fully funded 3-year PhD positions for the next academic year.
We are looking for keen, clever and enthusiastic individuals that would like to come to work in North-Italy.
Research at the CIMeC ranges from experimental psychology and cognitive neurosciences to neuroimaging acquisition methods, computational neurosciences and computational linguistics to animal cognition.
* CIMeC ranked 1st in Italy for Quality of Research 2013
* 2014-2015 UNITrento ranks 1st in Italy in the rankings of THE – Times Higher Education
* 3-yr program (Nov. 1, 2016- Oct. 31, 2019)
* Courses are in English
* 14 positions, 100% funded
* Salary: €1.100/month tax -free. No teaching/ TAing
* All students receive a €2800 tax-free research budget
The deadline for applications is May 10th.

Leverhulme Trust PhD studentship (3 years duration)

The timescales of multisensory recalibration in natural environments

Visual Neuroscience Group, School of Psychology, The University of Nottingham, UK

Applications are invited for a Leverhulme Trust funded PhD Studentship to work on a project investigating the timescales of multisensory recalibration in natural environments in humans. The successful candidate will seek to establish how the brain adjusts our senses to spatial and temporal discrepancies between different sensory inputs from natural environments. And they will have the opportunity to become proficient in the use of a range of techniques, including real-time manipulation of the multisensory environment with an head-mounted, ‘altered reality’ display system, psychophysical testing and computational modelling.

The School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham has a thriving Visual Neuroscience Group, with eight Faculty members and a large cohort of postdoctoral fellows and PhD students.  The group has a diverse range of interests in human perception, learning, and decision making, is supported by excellent laboratory and research facilities, and is firmly committed to the development of young researchers

The PhD student will be registered at The University of Nottingham and work under the supervision of Dr Ben Webb and Dr Neil Roach. The research undertaken as part of the PhD will be conducted in collaboration with Professor Stephen Engel, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, USA.

Candidates should have a good first degree (or equivalent) in psychology, engineering, computer science, optometry, medicine and/or neuroscience. Previous experience with psychophysical methods, computer programming (e.g. Matlab) and computational modelling is desirable.

The PhD will be fully funded, including stipend (£14,296 per annum), fees (£4121 per annum), and a Research Training and Support Grant (£500 per annum). The PhD will start on 3rd October 2016.

Applications should be emailed to Ben Webb b.webb@nottingham.ac.uk and include: a two-page CV, the names and addresses of two referees, and a covering letter outlining why they are applying for the studentship. The deadline for applications is 20th May 2016.


PhD student and Postdoc positions in systems neuroscience available in the laboratory of Vincent Bonin at Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders in Leuven, Belgium, (NERF, www.nerf.be) with support from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO, www.fwo.be), Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB, www.vib.be), imec (www.imec.be) and K.U. Leuven (www.kuleuven.be).

The lab:
Our lab studies the cellular patterns of activity that underlie processing of sensory information in the mammalian brain during active behavior. We study the flow of sensory and task-related information between thalamus, cortex and higher cortical areas during coordinated movement and navigation. We currently focus on a vision-to-action visual pathway in the laboratory mouse that carries visual information from the retina through the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) to the primary visual cortex (V1) and beyond. We aim to characterize the population code that is used in these areas and to understand the rules of connectivity that support that code. We use large-scale electrophysiology, calcium imaging, optogenetics and quantitative analysis to probe neural processing awake, behaving mice.

Profile:
– Masters’ or PhD  in neuroscience, computer science, physics, mathematics or engineering.
– Strong quantitative and technical skills and fluency in at least one programming language (e.g. Matlab, Python, C++).
– Research experience in systems neuroscience or cellular physiology.
– Comfortable working with rodents and performing precise surgical procedures
– You like to be challenged, and are able to work independently, as well as within a team, towards established goals.

We offer:
We offer the successful candidate a renewable contract, a competitive salary and benefits (although candidates will also be expected to apply for their own external funding). The successful candidate will have access to state-of-the-art tools and facilities, a rich training environment, and the possibility to collaborate with other groups within NERF, VIB, IMEC and K.U. Leuven. A good knowledge of English is sufficient for all communications, both within and outside the partner institutes. Situated in the university town of Leuven (close to Brussels and with excellent transport links), the position is ideally suited to international candidates.

How to apply?
Students interested in pursuing a project in the lab should send a CV, a copy of their university transcripts, names of 3 referees, and a cover letter stating career goals, research interests, and how these relate to our research.

Selected Publications:
– Lee WC, Bonin V, Reed M, Graham BJ, Hood G, Glattfelder K, Reid RC, “Anatomy and function of an excitatory network in the visual cortex”, Nature, (2016)
–Glickfeld LL, Andermann ML, Bonin V, Reid RC, “Cortico-cortical projections in mouse visual cortex are functionally target specific”, Nature Neuroscience, 16(2):219-26, (2013)
– Bonin V, Histed MH, Yurgenson S, Reid RC, “Local diversity and fine-scale organization of receptive fields in mouse visual cortex”, The Journal of Neuroscience, 31(50):18506-21, (2011)

About NERF
Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders (NERF, www.nerf.be) is a young not-for-profit academic research initiative with the ultimate goal of forming a thorough understanding of brain function at multiple levels of detail ranging from single cells and circuits to behaviour. New insights into the operation of brain circuits are empowered by the development of novel technologies that integrate neurobiology and nano-scale engineering. We aim to develop and use novel electronic, chemical and optical tools to monitor and manipulate brain circuits. In the long term the basic research at NERF is expected to inspire scientists to simulate brain networks, as well as lay a scientific framework for the development of novel medical applications, in particular the the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders.

Founded by Imec, VIB, and KU Leuven, NERF is housed on the imec campus in Leuven, Belgium, where researchers work in cross-disciplinary teams, benefitting from imec’s state-of-the-art clean room infrastructure and set of neuroscience labs. NERF is made up of 5 teams doing world-class basic research in systems and circuits neuroscience and has recruited 2 additional groups. Continuous funding is provided by the 3 founders and the Government of Flanders. NERF scientists have the opportunity to collaborate with over 30 local neuroscience research groups covering a wide range of expertise, including synaptic physiology, axon guidance, brain-computer interface, neurological disorders.