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A post-doc position at the CN dept. of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience of Maastricht University is available as part of a consortium NIH Brain Initiative grant in collaboration with New York University and the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) at the University of Minnesota.
The grant aims at furthering understanding of laminar functional MRI signals by combining in-vivo electrophysiology in humans (NYU), high field MRI (NYU/CMRR/Maastricht) and computational modeling (Maastricht/CMRR).
The post doc will be embedded in the auditory group at Maastricht University and supervised by dr. Martin Havlicek, dr. Federico De Martino, Prof. Elia Formisano, and in collaboration with Prof. Kamil Uludag (CMRR/Toronto/Suwon).
The primary responsibilities of the Postdoctoral researcher will be:
1) developing and testing neural mass model of laminar responses that can be used to analyze laminar electro-physiological and ECoG recordings and laminar fMRI-BOLD data;
2) collaborating with other members and parts of the research program;
3) writing and publishing of scientific articles.
Preferred starting date: September 2019 or as soon as possible.
Candidates should hold a degree and PhD in one of the following disciplines: Neuroscience, (Biomedical) Engineering, Computer Science or Mathematics, have an excellent publication record and scientific reputation. Candidates should have a strong theoretical interest in modeling brain activity at mesoscopic (i.e. neuronal mass) level and have good programing skills (e.g. using Matlab, Python or other language). Previous experience in one or more of the following topics/techniques will be strongly appreciated: neural mass modeling, predictive coding, dynamic causal modeling (DCM), non-linear differential equations, Bayesian model inversion.
Fixed-term contract: 3 years.
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 look at the website http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl , Support/UM employees/Employment conditions.
Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 16,300 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
The Cognitive Neuroscience (CN) department in Maastricht combines research in human perception and cognition with the development of advanced methods in neuroscience. Various brain imaging methods are employed to describe and predict behaviour, such as single cell recording, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electro- and magneto-encephalography (EEG and MEG). Furthermore, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and neurofeedback are being used to manipulate behaviour.
The research is embedded in the Maastricht Brain Imaging Center (M-BIC) and involves international and inter-disciplinary collaborations among psychologists, neuroscientists, bioengineers, IT experts, radiologists and neurologists.