[visionlist] Post-doctoral Position - measuring behavioral/neural changes after cognitive training in prosopagnosia (Joe DeGutis)

Joe DeGutis degutis at hms.harvard.edu
Tue Apr 3 17:04:37 -05 2018

Post-doctoral Position

at Harvard Medical School/VA Boston Healthcare System

*Measuring Behavioral and Neural Changes after Cognitive Training in

*Objectives of the Project:* 1) To test a cognitive training program aimed
at enhancing face processing and functional outcomes in developmental
prosopagnosics (individuals with severe lifelong face recognition
difficulties). 2) To record EEG as well as MRI/fMRI/DTI during face
processing tasks before and after training to understand the neural changes
related to behaviorally-relevant changes in face processing. 3) To measure
behavioral and neural differences between prosopagnosics and controls.

*Description:* We are looking for a highly motivated, organized
postdoctoral researcher to join our team and be involved in all aspects of
this innovative cognitive training study. In particular, the postdoctoral
researcher will perform and analyze EEG recordings as well as help oversee
a full-time research assistant that will perform pre/post cognitive
assessments as well as MRI/fMRI/DTI scans.  The postdoctoral researcher
will spend the majority of their time acquiring and analyzing pre/post
training EEG data.

In addition to this main project, the postdoctoral researcher will have
several opportunities to perform independent projects in healthy
populations, developmental/acquired prosopagnosics, and Veterans returning
from Iraq and Afghanistan and will also have the opportunity to access
several large existing datasets.  Finally, the postdoctoral researcher will
be expected to be a first author and contributing author on several
manuscripts, present their work at national/international conferences, and
assist with grant preparation.  This position will be based at the VA
Boston Healthcare System in Jamaica Plain, MA.  We are looking for someone
who can start in July/August and commit until summer of 2020. The position
will provide an excellent opportunity for training in EEG (Dr. Kevin
Spencer) as well as individual differences and cognitive rehabilitation
(Dr. Joe DeGutis).  Additional training opportunities with team members in
structural MRI/DTI (Dr. David Salat) and functional MRI (Dr. Michael
Esterman) are available.  This position will uniquely prepare the
individual for either academic or medical school model career paths.

*Background required:* Ph.D. in experimental psychology, cognitive
neuroscience, neuroscience, or related field.

*Skills:* Technical skills and prior research experience in EEG is
required. A background in statistical analysis of behavioral and EEG is
also required and coding experience is preferred.

*Salary:* based on NIH pay scale for postdoctoral fellows (

**Minorities, women, and members of other under-represented groups are
encouraged to apply.  We are able to sponsor non-US citizens.

If interested, please send a cover letter and CV to Dr. Joe DeGutis (
degutis at hms.harvard.edu)
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