[visionlist] fMRI Research Assistant positions available on object recognition and visual processing

Jorge Almeida jorgecbalmeida at gmail.com
Tue Apr 3 11:37:58 -05 2018

fMRI Research Assistant positions available on object recognition and
visual processing

Apologies for cross-posting.

The Proaction Laboratory (Perception and Recognition of Objects and
Actions; http://gaius.fpce.uc.pt/pessoais/jorgealmeida/proaction_home.html;
Jorge Almeida’s Lab) at the University of Coimbra (www.uc.pt), Portugal, is
looking for motivated and bright researchers to investigate the
organization of object knowledge in the brain. The project involves testing
healthy individuals using fMRI, psychophysics, and tDCS, and is funded by
the Portuguese Science Foundation. Researchers will work directly with
Jorge Almeida and members of his lab in Coimbra.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants should have a BA or a Maters in in psychology, neuroscience,
computer science, biomedical engineering, or a related discipline.
Applicants are expected to have some research background in the design and
analysis of functional brain-imaging experiments (fMRI), and experience
with fMRI analyses programs (e.g., SPM, FSL, MrVISTA, Freesurfer,
Brainvoyager). Understanding and command of analytical techniques used in
vision and object recognition is a plus (in particular population Receptive
Fields/phase lag analysis, Representational Similarity Analysis, MVPA, or
computational approaches). Programming skills (MATLAB, Python) are
particularly important. Good English (oral and written) communicative
skills are necessary (English is the official language at the Proaction
lab, so speaking Portuguese is not a requirement).

The Positions:

The positions are for 1 year and a half to 3 years, and may start mid to
late 2018 (start date can be negotiated a little bit). The salary is
competitive for the cost of living in Portugal (and particularly in
Coimbra), and follows the Portuguese BA and MA rates.

The Proaction Lab:

At the Proaction Lab we have been investigating how objects are recognized
from visual inspection (e.g., Almeida, J., et al., (2017).
Polarity-specific transcranial Direct Current Stimulation effects on
object-selective neural responses in the Inferior Parietal Lobe. *Cortex,
94*, 176-181; Kristensen, S., Garcea, F.E., Mahon, B.Z., & Almeida, J.
(2016). Temporal frequency tuning reveals interactions between the dorsal
and ventral visual streams. *Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience*, *28*(9),
1295-1302; Almeida, J., Fintz, A., & Mahon, B. (2013). Tool manipulation
knowledge is retrieved by way of the ventral visual object processing
pathway. *Cortex, 49*(9), 2334-2344). In particular, we are interested in
how the knowledge we hold about objects is organized in the brain in order
to allow for fast and efficient recognition of objects – how is it that
such a computationally complex task is performed so effortlessly? We have
access to a 3T MRI scanner with a 32-channel coil (with EEG inside the
scanner), to tDCS with neuronavigation, and to a fully set psychophysics
lab. We have EEG and eyetracking on site. We also have access, through
other collaborations, to a 7T scanner. Finally, the University of Coimbra
is a 700 year old University and has been selected as a UNESCO world
Heritage site. Coimbra is one of the most lively university cities in the
world, and it is a beautiful city with easy access to the beach and

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This job posting
will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are
received or a hiring decision has been made. Review of applications will
begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The interested candidates should email Jorge Almeida for questions and
applications. Please send an email with the subject “fMRI Research
Assistant positions available on object recognition and visual processing”
with your curriculum vitae, list of publications, the names of three
referees, and a short description of your experience in the field and how
you fulfill the requirements to: jorgealmeida at fpce.uc.pt.
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