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We look forward to seeing everyone at CNS 2021 Virtual Meeting.  We have a great lineup of speakers and sessions. https://www.cogneurosociety.org/schedule/

  
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New on the CNS Blog: Diving into Attentional Control with Robert Desimone

Paying attention is a fundamental brain process we all use every day. Whether keeping our eyes on the road while our cell phone rings or focusing on work while our kids yell in the background (for those of us working virtually during the pandemic), attentional control is key to healthy and successful living.
 
Conversely, "virtually every brain disorder has some aspect of impaired attention to it," says Robert Desimone, director of the McGovern Institute at MIT. In depression, for example, patients often report having difficulty staying on task. And for those with autism, one prevalent view is that their ability to pay attention to certain social cues is impaired.
 
Understanding how people control attention at the neural level is therefore critically important to both clinical and cognitive neuroscience. And it's an area Desimone has spent the last 4 decades studying and for which he is now receiving the CNS Distinguished Career Contributions Award. Read the full Q&A with Desimone
 
Also New on the CNS Blog: Changing How We Study and Understand Effort
            
While interviewing Amitai Shenhav via Zoom about his upcoming award lecture on incentives and effort, he posed the question: "Why are we engaging in this conversation right now even though it's going to require mental effort on both of our parts?"
 
That type of question has led his research to understand what motivates people to exert cognitive effort. "We have a variety of cognitive tasks throughout the day - writing emails, outlining a paper, organizing a daily schedule," explains Shenhav, a cognitive neuroscientist at Brown University. "A lot of those things are, to varying degrees, unpleasant but we have to figure out how to distribute our mental energy across them. His lab is developing not only novel computational models to explore that topic but also ways to change how to measure and incentivize effort in the lab.
 
For this work, Shenhav is a co-recipient of the CNS Young Investigator Award. Read the full Q&A with Shenhav to learn more about his upcoming talk at CNS 2021. 

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Conference/Symposium/Event

2021 ERP Boot Camp

Luck Lab

Center for Mind & Brain

UC Davis

The UC-Davis/SDSU ERP Boot Camp, a 10-day NIH-funded summer workshop on the ERP technique, will be held August 2 - August 11, 2021. This year's workshop will take place in San Diego. It is intended primarily for beginning and intermediate-level ERP researchers and for both basic scientists and clinical researchers from a variety of disciplines.

Topics will include:

Neural origins of ERPs
The design and interpretation of ERP experiments
EEG data acquisition
Filtering, artifact rejection, and artifact correction
Measuring and analyzing ERP components
Advanced methods, such as time-frequency analysis and decoding
Setting up and running an ERP lab
The Boot Camp consists of lectures on these topics, accompanied by guided discussions of ERP papers, activities, and individual consultations. It is led by Steve Luck and Emily Kappenman, and the faculty includes many distinguished ERP researchers from SDSU, UCSD, and other universities.

Previous ERP Boot Camp participants have come from around the world and have included graduate students, postdocs, research scientists, and faculty. They have included psychologists, neuroscientists, psychiatrists, neurologists, audiologists, linguists, and more. We require that graduate students and postdocs have had at least 1 year of significant ERP experience before attending the Boot Camp (this requirement is waived for faculty-level participants). We strongly encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Funding is available from NIH to defray most or all of the costs of attending the Boot Camp for accepted participants. There is no registration fee. We typically accept 30-32 U.S. citizens and permanent residents, along with 3-5 participants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Boot Camp will be limited to people who are located at institutions in the U.S. (whether or not they are U.S. citizens). Proof of vaccination in the U.S. will also be required for all attendees (we are assuming that vaccinations will be available in the U.S. to everyone who wants one prior to the start of the Boot Camp).

Applications for the 2021 workshop are now open. For more information and the application form, see https://erpinfo.org/the-erp-boot-camp/

Applications are due by April 1, 2021. Admissions decisions will be made in early May.

Questions should be directed to erpbootcamp@gmail.com.

Contact Website
https://erpinfo.org/the-erp-boot-camp/

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Conference/Symposium/Event

Brain Imaging Workshops for the Martinos Center 2021

fMRI; Connectivity; "CONN" Toolbox; Diffusion/Tractography

Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging

Massachusetts General Hospital

Two virtual courses were held in October of 2020 by the Martinos Center. In 2021 there will be at least 5 (and possibly more) such programs. The spring programs will definitely be "remote". The autumn programs are currently scheduled to be remote, but if the COVID situation permits, they may will include classroom portions as well.

In addition to the Functional MRI Visiting Fellowship Program (that is focused on the foundation of functional MRI) and a Structural and Functional Connectivity Course, we are adding a software training course for the "conn toolbox", and probably adding an analogous course for diffusion imaging. The "conn toolbox" workshop will definitely be held one day per week for 5 weeks starting not long after April 15, in April/May. This program will also be offered in some form in the autumn, starting not long after October 30, in November/December. The program on diffusion imaging is very likely in the autumn as well.

For general information and registration regarding these, and other educational programs hosted by the Martinos Center, see: https://education.martinos.org/

Note: Registration is now open for the Spring fMRI Course. Check the above website for updated information about the other programs as they are developed.

Admission to all programs is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a tuition fee. All Spring programs will be held remotely. It is very likely that the Autumn programs will also be held remotely, but if that changes, remote participation will still be permitted in addition to in-person classes.

FUNCTIONAL MRI Courses 2021:
Five Tuesdays starting March 16 (Mar 23, Mar 30, Apr 6, Apr 13)
Mon-Fri, October 18-22
The 5-day Visiting Fellowship Program in Functional MRI has been held more than 60 times since its inception in October of 1994. It is a world-renowned introduction to the basics of Functional MRI, presented in an intense workshop that emphasizes experimental design in the context of a thorough grounding in image acquisition, task design, data analysis and a collection of cautionary tales to give the participant a good feel for the pitfalls of fMRI-based research, as well as its power.
For details and registration, see:
https://education.martinos.org/educational-courses/fmri-visiting-fellowship/

CONNECTIVITY Courses 2021:
Tentative: Three Thursdays starting April 1 (April 1, 8, 15)
Definite: Mon/Tue/Wed/~Thur/~Fri October 26-28 definite, October 29-30?
MRI has proven to be a valuable tool for examining both structural and functional connectivity in the human brain. The coordinated activities of neural networks (using BOLD-based fMRI data collected during rest and during tasks) illuminates functional connections, and MR imaging based on Diffusion contrast yields measures of structural anatomy of white matter pathways of the brain. Participants will learn about the technical challenges in acquisition, data processing and visualization of brain networks. Primary topics will include various approaches to the analysis of resting state fMRI data (including correlation, ICA, graph theory and others); analysis and limitations of diffusion data; use of databases; dynamic functional connectivity, and selected clinical applications.
For details and registration, see: https://education.martinos.org/educational-courses/connectivity-course/

USING THE CONN TOOLBOX Courses 2021:
Five days, one per week, starting sometime after April 15
Five days, one per week, starting sometime after October 30
The two classes described above (fMRI and Connectivity) are oriented around the concepts and processes involved in the design, data acquisition, and data analysis for MRI-based experiments. This program is a software training course, devoted to the many ways in which resting state function MRI data can be analyzed using one specific package: the "conn" toolbox. See: https://web.conn-toolbox.org or https://www.nitrc.org/projects/conn
Concepts are discussed briefly, but the focus is on actually using the toolbox to analyze a wide variety of data. Each day will end with a homework assignment that is reviewed during the next class.
For details and registration, see: https://education.martinos.org/educational-courses/using-the-conn-toolbox-for-functional-connectivity-analysis/

Diffusion Based Imaging and Tractography, Autumn 2021 (Tentative):
Five days, one per week, starting sometime after October 30
The two classes described above (fMRI and Connectivity) are oriented around the concepts and processes involved in the design, data acquisition, and data analysis for MRI-based experiments. This program is a software training course, devoted to the many ways in which diffusion-based imaging data can be used to understand brain connections.
If this program is held, details and registration will be found at: https://education.martinos.org/educational-courses/diffusion-imaging-and-tractography/

FACULTY: The core faculty is drawn from the staff of the Athinoula A. Martinos Center (of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and affiliated faculty from Harvard University, McLean Hospital Northeastern University, and other local institutions. Dr. Alfonso Nieto-Castañón will be the primary lecturer for the CONN Toolbox program. Guest lecturers in past programs have included faculty from the Child Mind Institute of New York, NIH, Stanford University, The Donders Institute, the University of Cambridge, UK, The Mind Research Network of the University of New Mexico, UCLA and others.

For questions regarding registration and logistics of these programs, contact Stacey Ladieu via e-mail: fmrivfp@mgh.harvard.edu

For questions regarding program content, contact Robert Savoy at the same address.

Faculty Positions

Faculty Position

Director, Center for Stroke Rehabilitation Research

Stroke Rehabilitation

Cetner for Stroke Rehabilitation Research

Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for persons with disabilities, is recruiting an established scientist to lead the Center for Stroke Rehabilitation Research (CSRR).
Research in the CSRR focuses on understanding brain systems crucial to spatial processing, attention, speech, and language; how these systems are affected by stroke; and how behavioral and physiological treatments can be designed and used to address these impairments, reduce deficits, and improve outcomes.
Required qualifications
* PhD, MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent doctoral degree;
* An active stroke research program with current federal and/or private multi-year funding;
* Strong leadership, mentoring, and teambuilding skills;
* Capacity to foster interdisciplinary collaborations;
* Ability to set and direct the vision for growing the Center's research program.
Please submit CV, cover letter, statement of research accomplishments and plans (vision for CSRR and short- and long-term goals), NIH Biosketch, and 3 professional references to career@kesslerfoundation.org.
Our website: www.KesslerFoundation.org.

Contact Website
kesslerfoundation.org

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Faculty Position

Director, Center for Stroke Rehabilitation Research

Stroke Rehabilitation

Center for Stroke Rehabilitation Research

Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for persons with disabilities, is recruiting an established scientist to lead the Center for Stroke Rehabilitation Research (CSRR).
Research in the CSRR focuses on understanding brain systems crucial to spatial processing, attention, speech, and language; how these systems are affected by stroke; and how behavioral and physiological treatments can be designed and used to address these impairments, reduce deficits, and improve outcomes.
Required qualifications
* PhD, MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent doctoral degree;
* An active stroke research program with current federal and/or private multi-year funding;
* Strong leadership, mentoring, and teambuilding skills;
* Capacity to foster interdisciplinary collaborations;
* Ability to set and direct the vision for growing the Center's research program.
Please submit CV, cover letter, statement of research accomplishments and plans (vision for CSRR and short- and long-term goals), NIH Biosketch, and 3 professional references to career@kesslerfoundation.org .
Our website: www.KesslerFoundation.org.

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Faculty Position

Senior Faculty, Educational Neuroscience at Gallaudet Univ.

Educational Neuroscience

Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University seeks to hire a Full Professor for a faculty position in the PhD in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program with two exciting leadership responsibilities, including serving as Director of the PEN program and Co-Principal Investigator of the NSF-Gallaudet Science of Learning Center, Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2). Applications from Advanced Associate Professors will also be considered. For more information, please go to https://tinyurl.com/PENfaculty, job ID = 75.

The exciting interdisciplinary PhD in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program and its administrative home, the Science of Learning Research Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) at Gallaudet University (Washington, D.C.) is seeking an individual with an extensive track record of publications, grants, and scientific contributions in brain and/or behavioral studies involving early child development, specifically, Cognitive Neuroscience and/or Behavioral Science and/or Developmental Sciences studies, with a strength (broadly defined) in cognition, language-literacy, and cognitive-social development. In addition to conducting research in their area of expertise, the individual will also assume several leadership roles within the VL2/PEN/Cognitive Neuroscience Institute (CNI) organization as follows: 1) Co-Principal Investigator of the VL2 Center; 2) Program Director of the PEN program; and 3) the Collaborative Supervisor of "The VL2 Toolkit," a collection of four renowned national translational products of VL2. The individual will also be a Professor in PEN and teach one course per year in Advanced Statistics.

Gallaudet's VL2 Center was founded in 2006, as a significant investment by the National Science Foundation (under a Collaborative Agreement with Gallaudet University), and one of only six Science of Learning Centers in the United States. VL2's stated purpose is to advance the Science of Learning specifically involving how aspects of human higher cognition are realized through one of our most central senses, vision. VL2 seeks to determine the effects of visual processes, visual language, and social experience on the development of cognition, language, reading and literacy for the benefit of all humans, especially deaf visual learners. Gallaudet is a deaf-serving bilingual institution, and as such, researchers in the VL2 Center have unparalleled opportunities to conduct research related to American Sign Language (ASL), deaf experience, language acquisition, ASL as a second language, bilingualism and to form connections with deaf schools and communities across the country. Since its inception, VL2 has grown into a national and international hub for the advancement of scientific discoveries, the development of mechanisms for translating its scientific discoveries for the benefit of society, and for training the next generation of scientists and scientific leaders. Its PhD in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program (founded in 2013) pioneers new Cognitive Neuroscience/Educational Neuroscience research especially involving how all deaf and hearing children learn.

The successful candidate will work as part of a three-person leadership team of the VL2 Research Center, composed of two Co-Principal Investigators (each of whom have distinct multiple leadership roles), and the VL2 Research Center's Executive Director. This three-person team reports directly to the Dean of the Graduate School and Research, who oversees all Interdisciplinary Centers at Gallaudet.

As a member of the VL2-PEN research faculty, all of whom are members of VL2-PEN's recently created Cognitive Neuroscience Institute (CNI), the individual will join colleagues who use a broad array of neuroimaging and behavioral technologies (fNIRs, MRI, EEG, Thermal IR imaging, Face/Eyetracking) to advance new understanding of deaf and hearing children's acquisition of language and bilingualism, reading, literacy, higher cognition, math and numeracy, action perception and embodied cognition, and emotional development (affective neuroscience, especially the impact of negative emotions on learning in children). As the Collaborative Supervisor, the successful candidate will engage in collaborative/team-based oversight of VL2's collection of four national translation products, called "The VL2 Toolkit"-(i) ASL Assessment System, (ii) Data Sharing Program, (iii) Web-Coordinated Toolkit site, (iv) VL2 Marketplace-working with the VL2 Early Education and Literacy Database Manager. Together, the successful candidate and Manager will enjoy and participate in the creative extension and oversight of the exciting activities involving the assessment of early language and cognitive development and emerging literacy science in deaf and hearing children. Working in the three-person leadership team, the successful candidate will further enjoy the VL2 Research Center's transformative translation of science spanning revolutionary robotics and avatar language learning tools to the creation of virtual reality language and reading apps using state-of-the art Motion Capture.

The new faculty member will have vibrant opportunities to work collaboratively with members across the home VL2/PEN/CNI network of seven research laboratories (one of which has a vibrant center for neuroimaging training and certification), the consortium of universities in the Greater Washington DC Area, and, importantly, the extensive network of researchers and scholars spanning the Gallaudet University community. As a core mission outgrowth of VL2/PEN/CNI, our research center is fundamentally linked to an active network of more than 20 leading world universities (through formal MOUs) with scholars in Cognitive Neuroscience and neuroimaging around the globe.

The PEN program is further propelled by the goal of achieving great excellence in teaching, and to provide its students with the most cutting-edge knowledge, healthy and lively critical analysis and discussion, strong mentorship, and a great richness and diversity of career paths.

Contact Website
https://hrprod.gallaudet.edu/psc/HR92PRD/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS

Postdoctoral Positions

Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral fellowship in Memory & Aging

Psychology

Brock University

A postdoctoral position is available in the Neurocognitive Aging Lab (PI: Karen L. Campbell) at Brock University, located in the Niagara region of Canada.

This two-year fellowship is funded by an Ontario Early Researcher Award. The successful applicant will play a key role in NSERC-funded research examining the neural underpinnings of age differences in associative memory. Initial analyses will focus on existing data from the Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience (https://www.cam-can.org/), in collaboration with researchers on that project. The position will also include opportunities for the applicant to design/run their own experiments.

The Neurocognitive Aging Lab (http://www.brockcnalab.com/) is located in The Jack and Nora Walker Canadian Institute for Lifespan Development Research (https://brocku.ca/lifespan-development-research/), which is a multidisciplinary unit dedicated to studying human development across the lifespan. Dr. Campbell is a Canada Research Chair in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging with a primary focus on how age differences in attentional control affect memory. The lab is equipped with EEG, eye-tracking, and access to fMRI scanning at the University of Toronto, as well as easy access to older adult volunteers through the Growing with Brock participant pool.

Applicants must have a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, or a related field prior to start date and a strong interest in neurocognitive aging. The successful applicant must be proficient in MATLAB or Python and experience with fMRI data analysis is preferred. The start date is flexible and the position will remain open until filled. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and list of two referees to karen.campbell@brocku.ca.

Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application.

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Postdoctoral Position

Postdoc in cognitive neuroscience of memory

fMRI of memory representations and networks

Department of Psychology

Humboldt University - Berlin

Humboldt University-Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences - Department of Psychology
Postdoctoral research fellow with expected full-time employment - E 13 TV-L (third-party funding; 3 years, with the possibility of extension)

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral fellow to work in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory (CNM) laboratory of Prof. Dr. Roberto Cabeza at the Department of Psychology, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. Research in the lab (in Berlin Mitte) focuses on investigating the neural mechanisms of memory using fMRI. The postdoc will work in a project examining memory representations (e.g., representational similarity analyses-RSA) and networks (e.g, graph theory analyses) in young and older adults.
Job description:
* Pilot and run fMRI experiments, and analyze their results
* Develop and apply new analytic approaches to the data
* Disseminate findings via scientific publications and scientific presentations
* Supervise PhD students, as well as of Bachelor and Master students
* Preparation for further academic qualification (habilitation)
Requirements:
* A PhD in neuroscience, psychology, biomedical science, computer science or related field
* Good knowledge and skills in fMRI analyses, including representational and network analyses
* Strong statistical and programming skills (e.g. SPM, Matlab, Python, R)
* Strong publication record and enthusiasm for communicating scientific advances
* Ability to work independently as well as part of a scientific team
* High self-motivation and organizational skills
We are particularly excited about candidates with a strong background in fMRI methods who are eager to analyze data and love writing manuscripts.

Please send your application (CV, motivation letter, and contact details of three academic referees), quoting the reference number DR/072/20 in cabeza@duke.edu.

HU is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply. Since we will not return your documents, please submit copies in the application only.

Please visit our website www.hu-berlin.de/stellenangebote, which gives you access to the legally binding German version

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Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral position available in Cognitive Neuroscience

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

The Departments of Neuroscience (Dr. Elyse Sussman) and Radiology (Dr. Mark Wagshul) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY, are seeking a full-time postdoctoral research associate to work on an NIH-funded project exploring the neural bases of chemotherapy-induced cognitive deficits in survivors of childhood leukemia. The project employs both EEG-based and fMRI-based methods to understand chemo-related cognitive dysfunction in children ages 5 - 12 years. The position is available starting May-June 2021; candidates are expected to be able to commit to join for the duration of the project through March 2025.

Successful candidates for the position will have a PhD in physics, biomedical engineering, neuroscience or a related discipline, a strong background in either cognitive neuroscience or MRI physics, expertise in image and EEG data processing, as well as data and statistical analysis. Programming experience should include the commonly used packages for image and EEG processing, such as C++, Matlab, and FSL. The candidate should have significant experience in event-related potential (ERP) data collection and analysis methods and/or imaging in a clinical setting and a strong background in the development and/or application of novel methods for human brain imaging, such as DTI / fMRI / structural MRI data analyses. Candidates with experience only in EEG-based or fMRI-based methods will be considered. The candidate will allocate equal amounts of time to the EEG and MRI labs. Prior experience with auditory-based ERP/fMRI is not necessary, but candidates with such experience will be given preference. A strong work ethic, excellent organizational and communication skills, and ability to work independently is expected. The candidate will be expected to be involved in all aspects of the project, including EEG, image and data analysis, statistical analysis, as well as interfacing with the clinical team. Competitive salary and benefits will be offered based on qualifications.

Interested candidates should send their CV, a brief statement of their research interests, and the names and phone numbers of three references to Mark Wagshul (mark.wagshul@einsteinmed.org) or Elyse S. Sussman (elyse.sussman@einsteinmed.org).

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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Postdoctoral Position
Graduate Student Position

7 Postdoctoral and Predoctoral Positions

Research Group on Neuroscience of Language and Pragmatics

Department of Philosophy

Freie Universität Berlin

The ERC Advanced Grant "Material Constraints Enabling Human Cognition (MatCo)" aims to build and test network models of the human brain that mimic neurocognitive processes involved in language, communication and cognition. In the context of MatCo, 7 positions are available from 1.4.2021:

2 full-time postdoc positions (36m, 13TVL/FU, IDs: MatCo01/02) for building biologically-constrained neural networks.

2 part-time predoctoral positions (36m, 13TVL/FU, 65%, IDs: MatCo03/04) for evaluating these models in cognitive neuroscience experiments.

1 full-time postdoc and 2 part-time (50%) predoctoral position (60 months, 13TVL/FU, IDs: Inst_SemPrag1/2A/2B) for teaching semantics and pragmatics at the Institute of German and Dutch Languages of the Department and for conducting research in the context of MatCo.

For more information, see www.brainlang.fu-berlin.de/jobs; for questions, please contact friedemann.pulvermuller@fu-berlin.de; e-mail applications to verena.arndt@fu-berlin.de; deadline: 15.02.2021.

Contact Website
ww.brainlang.fu-berlin.de/jobs

Research Assistant Positions

Research assistant for project on memory, decision making, and aging
 
Center fro Cognitive Neuroscience
 
Duke University
 
A research assistant position is available for an NIH-funded project on the cognitive and neural mechanisms of age effects on memory and decision making. This project is a collaboration between the laboratories of Gregory Samanez-Larkin (www.mcablab.science) and Roberto Cabeza (www.cabezalab.org), both at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience of Duke University (www.mind.duke.edu). fMRI scanning facilities (www.biac.duke.edu) are located within a few hundred yards.
 
In the project, neuropsychological, cognitive, structural MRI, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and functional MRI (fMRI) measures will be collected from a large sample of young, middle-age, and older adults. The research assistant position involves supervising the recruitment and neuropsychological testing of these participants, MRI scanning and analysis, and the supervision and training of undergraduate students. The position includes opportunities for research and co-authorship of abstracts and papers. The position also includes participation in many intellectual activities (talks, seminars, courses, etc.) and eligibility for a post-baccalaureate fellowship in functional neuroimaging (www.biac.duke.edu/fellowship)
 
Qualifications: B.A. or equivalent with a background in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field. All candidates should have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, good computer skills, and research experience. The ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects and attention to detail are essential. Experience in computer programming and familiarity with statistics are desirable. Two-year commitment is required. Send a cover letter and a CV to Eliana Armora (Eliana.Armora@duke.edu).
 
Registered email: cabeza@duke.edu

Graduate Student Positions

Graduate Student Position

PhD Student Position at the BCBL

BCBL, Basque Center on Cognition, Brain & Language

PhD Student position at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) www.bcbl.eu

INFORMATION ABOUT THE POSITION

Position: PhD student
Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1- up to the point of PhD)
Number of vacancies: 1
Project: HR18-000178 LA CAIXA FOUNDATION "HEALTH RESEARCH"
Location: Spain > Donostia-San Sebastian
Research Field: Neuroscience > Cognition and Language
Type of contract/Duration of Contract : Temporary > 4 years
Job Status: Full-time
Hours per week: 35
Starting date: 02/05/2021
Application deadline: 28/02/2021
Information about the project: The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language - BCBL- (Donostia-San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) is offering a predoctoral position to work on a funded research project aimed at investigating the functional and structural role of thalamocortical projections on typical and atypical reading (i.e., Dyslexia). This multimodal MRI project capitalizes on the use of behavioral, functional MRI (fMRI), diffusion MRI (dMRI), quantitative MRI (qMRI) and machine learning techniques to provide new insights into how thalamocortical circuits support reading, and how reading disabilities may occur as a consequence of breakdowns in these circuits. The long-term goal of the project is to generate a novel mechanistic account of reading and dyslexia by using a pioneering multimodal neuroimaging approach to investigate (1) how dynamically coordinated thalamocortical and corticocortical networks orchestrate reading; and (2) how dyslexia is characterized by atypical functional connectivity and abnormal structural connections in different brain circuits.

The project is part of a collaborative research effort among several BCBL PIs, including Manuel Carreiras, Kepa Paz-Alonso, Marie Lallier and Cesar Caballero-Gaudes. The PhD student will join the Language and Memory Control group leaded by Kepa Paz-Alonso.

Job description: The selected candidate will collaborate in running experiments, codify and analyze data, give scientific presentations and write scientific manuscripts.
PI and research group: Dr. Kepa Paz-Alonso - Language and Memory Control

CANDIDATES' PROFILE AND SELECTION CRITERIA

Required skills: A strong methodological and theoretical background in cognitive neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or related fields. A strong level of written and spoken English.
Strong computational skills (Matlab, Python,...)

Desirable skills: Research experience with MRI will be an asset. Possession of a Master degree in cognitive neuroscience, biomedical engineering, experimental psychology or any other related area is highly recommended and will be positively evaluated.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Salary: 17.000 Euros per year (gross salary)
Entitlements and other benefits: https://www.bcbl.eu/en/join-us/what-is-like-to-work-bcbl
Training opportunities and Career development plan:
Researchers at any stage of their career, regardless of their contractual situation, are given an opportunity for professional development and for improving their employability through access to a Personal Career Development Plan which includes
(1) Training through individually personalized research projects under senior supervision
(2) Exchanging knowledge with the scientific community and the general public
(3) Network-wide training in theory and methods
(4) Complementary training courses
(5) Involvement in proposal writing, task coordination
(6) Development of skills for the organization of training and scientific events

OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION:

Language policy
The corporative language at the Center is English but the national language will be an asset for this particular position
The center provides initial level Spanish and Basque lessons to all the international staff members
The interview will be conducted entirely in English

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Submission of the application and documentation:
To submit your application, please follow this link: applying for "PhD Paz-Alonso's group (DYSTHAL) 2021" and attach the following documentation:
A curriculum vitae
A statement outlining research interests and motivation to apply for the position
Two letters of recommendation

Application process timetable:

Deadline for application: 28/02/2021
Evaluation by committee: 01/03/2021-05/03/2021
Interviews: 08/03/2021-12/03/2021
Final decision: 15/03/2021
Feedback to all applicants: 15/03/2021
Work contract start date: 02/05/2021

Contact details for enquiries: hr@bcbl.eu

Contact Website
https://www.bcbl.eu/en/join-us/job-offers
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