[visionlist] PhD position in Cognitive Neuroscience, Univ of Tuebingen/Univ of Copenhagen

Daniela Balslev daniela at drcmr.dk
Wed Jun 16 06:23:13 GMT 2010

PhD position in Cognitive Neuroscience
A 3-year PhD position in Cognitive Neuroscience is available from
September 1, 2010 or as soon as possible thereafter. The PhD student
will work with Dr. Daniela Balslev on the project "How do cortical
representations of eye position impact on spatial cognition". The
project is funded by a Marie Curie fellowship for career development
from the EU and a research grant from the Danish Medical Research
Councils. We will be based in two different laboratories, at the
Division of Neuropsychology, in the Center of Neurology at the
University of Tuebingen for the first two years and during the final
year at the Center for Visual Cognition, in the Department of
Psychology at the University of Copenhagen.

Without an accurate cortical representation of the eye rotation in the
orbit it would be very difficult to reach to visual targets or to
match a person and a voice in a crowd based on their common location.
The projection of visual objects on the retina changes with the
movement of the eyes, so eye position information is necessary to
anchor visual objects to sounds or hand locations by transforming
retinal into head- and body-centred coordinates. We will be
investigating how the human brain integrates vision with information
about eye position to build maps of the visual space around the body
and how this integration impacts on allocating attention or on visual
search. We will be using TMS and fMRI in healthy participants and
neurological patients.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and will have an
educational background in neuroscience, psychology, medicine, biology,
computational neuroscience or related fields. Applicants must have a
university degree (M.Sc or equivalent) and hands-on research
experience. Programming skills (e.g. Matlab, E-Prime), experience with
TMS/fMRI, and previous work with neurological patients are not
mandatory but highly desirable. The PhD student will communicate
mainly in English, therefore it is essential that s/he speaks English
fluently. Besides, a good knowledge of German is an advantage.

The PhD student will be enrolled at the Graduate School for Social
Sciences at the University of Copenhagen and will have an additional
supervisor from the faculty of the School, Prof. Claus Bundesen.
During the stay in Tuebingen the PhD student will have the opportunity
to attend courses and seminars at the Graduate Training Center for
Neurosciences at the University of Tuebingen. The student must
complete PhD courses amounting to 30 ECTS. The Graduate School at the
University of Copenhagen offers financial support for attending
relevant PhD courses in Denmark and abroad.

The PhD student will be employed at the Faculty of Social Sciences,
University of Copenhagen for a period of 3 years starting on september
1st 2010, or as soon as possible thereafter. In Denmark PhD students
are paid salary according to the agreement between the Ministry of
Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The
annual salary (including an obligatory contribution towards pension)
is 326,700 DKK (~40.000 Euro). The PhD student will also receive an
allowance for travel and re-location when moving to Copenhagen at the
end of the first two years. During the final year the PhD student has
a work obligation of up to 280 hours without additional pay. The work
obligation can include for instance teaching.

Applications should include a CV, a statement of research experience
and interests, and contact details of at least 2 referees. Please send
your application by email to Daniela Balslev (d.balslev at gmail.com) no
later than July 15th.


Daniela Balslev, MD, PhD
Marie Curie fellow
Center for Neurology
Division of Neuropsychology
Hoppe-Seyler-Str. 3
72076 Tuebingen
phone: +49-(0)7071-29 80463
fax: +49-(0)7071-29 4489
mobile:+49- (0)1626206594
email: d.balslev at gmail.com

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