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We are seeking candidates for a Ph.D. position aimed at investigating the neural processing of visual surface perception using 3T as well as (laminar) functional MRI (fMRI) at 7T. The primary tasks and responsibilities of the selected candidate will be to contribute actively in experimental design, acquisition, and analysis of behavioral, fMRI and TMS data. All research is embedded within the CN department, and both the fMRI scanning facilities (www.scannexus.nl) and the TMS laboratories (https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fpn/bsclab) are in close proximity to the CN department on the Randwyck Campus. The selected candidate will be supervised by above-mentioned researchers, and will also actively learn from the large community of PhD students in the CN department.
The primary goal of the project is to investigate neural correlates of surface perception by means of visual illusions. In particular, (layer-specific) representations in low-level visual areas during the experience of the surface illusions will be investigated in the context of interactions with high-level visual areas, and the contributions of various nodes in the neural network involved in surface perception will be tested using TMS.
Candidates will be considered with a demonstrable interest in (visual) sensory processing in the brain, and with a MSc degree in one of the following or related disciplines: (Cognitive) Neuroscience, Neuropyschology or equivalent, (Biomedical) Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent.
In addition to these requirements, the ideal candidate would possess all or most of the following qualifications:
The full-time position is offered for four years (1+3), with a yearly evaluation.
Your salary would be € 2,541 gross per month in the first year, and growing towards up to € 3,247 gross per month in the fourth year according to the PhD-candidate salary scale. Your salary is supplemented with an 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance.
The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information please consult www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > About UM > Working at UM.
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Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, Faculty of Psychology & Neuroscience, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
The candidate will administratively be embedded in the Perception, Attention & Learning section of the Cognitive Neuroscience department.
Research at the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience is embedded into the Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre, consisting of 9 research lines/groups. The research within the Department combines the study of human perception and cognition with the development of advanced methods in neuroscience. Various brain-imaging methods are employed to understand, predict, and change human behaviour. M-BIC tests and develops new theories of normal and abnormal neural information processing, with special attention to brain plasticity, perception and cognition.
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