[visionlist] Postdoc in neuroimaging of space, time and number processing

Harvey, B.M. (Ben) B.M.Harvey at uu.nl
Fri Jul 28 11:12:38 -05 2017

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research scientist to investigate the relationship between space, time and number processing networks in the human brain using advanced analyses of ultra-high-field (7T) fMRI data. The researcher will be supervised by Dr. Ben Harvey<https://sites.google.com/site/benharveylab/> at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. This is a research position for three years, working on an NWO VIDI grant recently awarded to Dr. Harvey. The starting date is between October 2017 and January 2018. The position involves 1.0 FTE (full-time) research.

The research builds on the following studies:
Harvey, B.M., Klein, B.P., Petridou, N., and Dumoulin, S.O. (2013). Topographic representation of numerosity in the human parietal cortex. Science 341, 1123-1126.
Harvey, B.M., Fracasso, A., Petridou, N., and Dumoulin, S.O. (2015). Topographic representations of object size and relationships with numerosity reveal generalized quantity processing in human parietal cortex. PNAS 112, 13525-13530.
Harvey, B.M., and Dumoulin, S.O. (2017). A network of topographic numerosity maps in human association cortex. Nature Human Behaviour, 1, 36.
Harvey B.M., Dumoulin S.O. (2017) Can responses to basic non-numerical visual features explain neural numerosity responses? Neuroimage, 149, 200-209.
Harvey, B.M., and Dumoulin, S.O. (2011). The relationship between cortical magnification factor and population receptive field size in human visual cortex: constancies in cortical architecture. J Neurosci 31, 13604-13612.
We are looking for someone who:
•       holds (or nearly holds) a PhD degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Engineering, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, or a related field;
•       takes a strongly quantitative, computational view of psychology and neuroscience;
•       has strong computer programming skills;
•       takes a practical approach to solving technical problems;
•       has excellent written and spoken English communication skills (no Dutch required);
•       has a strong publication record for their career stage;
•       is effective and efficient, able to work within a team, and to think conceptually.

Some of the following experience is desirable, but not required:
•       experience designing and implementing visual stimuli for experiments;
•       experience with MRI data acquisition and analysis;
•       experience with model-based data analysis.
Conditions of employment
We offer a full-time position (1.0 FTE) for one year.  Upon a positive performance the appointment will be followed by a period of a further two years. The gross salary ranges between €2,588 and €4,084 (depending on experience, scale 10 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment.
Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions<https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrecht-university/terms-of-employment> (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University<http://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrecht-university>.
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University<http://www.uu.nl/en/>, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
Utrecht is a young and vibrant city with a large academic population, around 30 minutes south of Amsterdam. It combines a beautiful old city center with a modern university. Utrecht has an excellent quality of life, with plenty of green space and a strong bicycle culture.

<http://www.uu.nl/EN/Pages/default.aspx>The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences<http://www.uu.nl/faculty/socialsciences/nl/pages/welkom.aspx> is one of the leading faculties in Europe providing research and academic teaching in interdisciplinary social science, cultural anthropology, educational sciences, pedagogical sciences, psychology, and sociology. More than 5,600 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has some 850 faculty and staff members, all providing their individual contribution to the training and education of young talent and to the research into and finding solutions for scientific and societal issues.
Additional information
Informal enquiries should be sent to Ben Harvey (b.m.harvey at uu.nl)<mailto:b.m.harvey at uu.nl)>. Full applications must be submitted through our online system by midnight (central European time) on September 17th. Applications should contain: a cover letter describing your interest in this research, a cv with publication list, and two letters of recommendation.

Applications can be made through the following page: https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/UU/vacancy/41814/lang/en/

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