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The position is part of an NIH Brain Initiative grant awarded to dr. F. De Martino and prof. Elia Formisano in collaboration with New York University (NYU - USA) and the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA). The student will be integrated in the research that takes place at the Department for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Maastricht Brain Imaging Center at Maastricht University, which has access to a new MR-lab with 3 Tesla, 7 Tesla and 9.4 Tesla human MRI systems (www.scannexus.nl).
The overall research project aims at studying the neural underpinnings of laminar fMRI by validating a laminar neurovascular coupling model using laminar electrophysiological recordings (collected at NYU) and laminar fMRI. The student primary task will be the analysis of human laminar fMRI data collected using auditory paradigms. The primary responsibilities of the PhD student will be: 1) to actively participate in the experimental design, analysis (and acquisition) of 7 Tesla functional MRI data; 2) collaborate to the other parts of the research program and 3) writing and publishing of articles.
Candidates should have a (research) master degree in one of the following disciplines:
(Cognitive) Neuroscience, (Biomedical) Engineering, Computer Science or Mathematics.
In addition to these requirements, candidates should preferably have a theoretical interest in the area of (auditory) perception and experience with scientific programming (Matlab, Python or any other language). Research experience (during the master thesis or research internships) in one or more of the following topics/techniques will be strongly valued: functional MRI acquisition/analysis, machine learning, multivariate pattern recognition.
Fixed-term contract: 4 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.
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 18,000 students and 4,400 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
Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre
The Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre (M-BIC) is a research center founded by the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience of Maastricht University. It offers research facilities that were newly established within the Brains Unlimited project, including high (3 Tesla) and ultra-high (7 and 9.4 Tesla) magnetic fields MR scanners. The research core of M-BIC is formed by the Cognitive Neuroscience field, one of the four departments through which the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience conducts its research
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