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Post-doctoral Position in Computational Cognitive Neuroscience

Posted by: IDIBAPS

Posted date: Dec-29-2016

Location: Barcelona

Project description: This is a unique opportunity for a strongly motivated candidate interested in studying the mechanisms of cognitive deficits in anti-NMDAR encephalitis patients (Dalmau et al. Ann. Neurol. 61:25, 2007), leading to a better understanding of the cellular mechanisms of Working Memory. The candidate will develop a computational network model with biophysical detail to simulate behavioral and electrophysiological markers of working memory dysfunction in anti-NMDAR encephalitis patients. In addition, the candidate is expected to analyze EEG and fMRI data recorded from anti-NMDAR encephalitis patients during parametric spatial working memory tasks. The candidate's responsibilities will include simulating neuronal networks to integrate the results of experiments with patients, and performing quantitative analyses of acquired neurophysiology data.

Hosting labs and institution: The project will be developed within a collaboration between several investigators in IDIBAPS (Barcelona): Josep Dalmau, MD, PhD, Jaime de la Rocha PhD, and Albert Compte PhD. Together, these labs have a strong publication record investigating the neural circuit basis of Working Memory and synaptic receptor mediated autoimmune brain pathologies, and they have extended experience in psychophysics, electro-physiology, analysis of behavioral/neuronal data sets and computational modeling. The project is supported by the CELLEX foundation and the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Instituto de Salud Carlos III) and will be developed at IDIBAPS, a public biomedical research institute whose mission is to encourage Systems Neuroscience, translational research, and technological progress in the field of Biomedicine.

Candidate profile: We are looking for a neuroscientist with experience in the use of advanced techniques in the analysis of EEG/MEG and behavioral data, and a strong motivation for computational modeling of neuronal network dynamics. Experience in analysis of sleep recordings will be a plus. Candidates should have a PhD degree or expect to earn PhD within two months. Extended previous experience with computational programming (Matlab, Python, etc.) is also a requirement.

Please send CV (indicating your interest for the project “Ref Working Memory Model”), a brief statement of career goals, and the name of 1-2 referees to: marodes(at)clinic.ub.es. Candidates will be evaluated starting January 15 and until the position is filled. Estimated starting date: between February and June 2017.

Job Title Post-doctoral Position in Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
Post Details
Email marodes(at)clinic.cat
Employer's Website neuro.fcrb.es
Job Discipline Job Discipline -> Neuroscience
Job Classification Job Classification -> Postdoctoral Researcher
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Location Barcelona
Key Words working memory, computational network model, autoimmune encephalitis, NMDA receptors, human behavior, quantitative data analysis, cortical micro-circuit
Start Date March 1, 2017
Deadline Jan-15-2017