We are looking for highly motivated post-doctoral research associates with strong publication records to work in the Laboratory for Clinical Neuroscience at the Centre for Biomedical Technology, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid.
Job description: You will work on the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator project awarded to Bryan Strange, director of the Laboratory for Clinical Neuroscience. This 5-year project, with 2 million euros of funding, is described here (http://www.thestrangelab.org/erc-cog-rememberex/). The successful applicants will form part of a multi-disciplinary team comprising neurosurgeons, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists and biomedical engineers.
Type of contract: Full-time. The initial contract will be made for 1 year (with an initial 6 month trial period) and is renewable for up to 5 years.
Start date: Summer 2019 (with some flexibility)
Send CV, motivation letter, and contact details of three academic referees to RememberEx@ctb.upm.es for the attention of Prof. Bryan Strange
Deadline: 31 May 2019
Required for the 3 positions:
Desired for the 3 positions:
Specific requirements for each position:
Position 1. The successful candidate will be highly competent in the acquisition and analysis of intracranial electrophysiological local field potential recordings. We primarily use the Fieldtrip toolbox for human intracranial analyses, so experience with Fieldtrip (or SPM12) is desirable. Knowledge of measures of between-region connectivity is essential. A dataset of >30 patients with intracranial recordings during various memory tasks is already available. Additional recordings are on-going in Madrid and Zurich. The successful candidate will work on hippocampal responses to various types of salience, with an emphasis on hippocampal-cortical and hippocampal-amygdala coupling.
Position 2. The successful candidate will be expert in the acquisition and analysis of magnetoencephalography (MEG) recordings (the lab currently uses Fieldtrip and Brainstorm packages, primarily). Expertise in design and optimisation of cognitive tasks during MEG recordings is required. The successful candidate will lead the simultaneous acquisition of MEG and nucleus accumbens deep brain stimulation (DBS) in psychiatric patients using flexible head cast technology. Experience with EEG recordings is also desirable, as some DBS patients are also recorded from using a high density EEG system in the Hospital setting.
Position 3. The successful candidate will be expert in the acquisition and analysis of structural and functional MRI data using SPM, FSL, Freesurfer and/or Ants. Expertise in design and optimisation of cognitive tasks during fMRI recordings is required. The successful candidate will lead the functional MRI scanning of innovative tasks testing hypotheses generated from intracranial recordings. This research associate will also devise measurements of structural connectivity associated with memory effects observed in patients undergoing deep brain stimulation.
General responsibilities applicable to all Research Associate positions: