[visionlist] 2 fMRI Post-Doc (very competitive salary) 5 year positions available under an ERC Starting Grant on the organization of object knowledge

Jorge Almeida jorgecbalmeida at gmail.com
Tue Aug 14 10:05:20 -05 2018

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 Post-doctoral researchers to work on an
ERC Starting Grant project (ContentMAP) on the neural organization of
object knowledge. In this project we will explore how complex information
is topographically organized in the brain using fMRI and state of the art
analytical techniques, as well as computational approaches, and

Excellent understanding of and experience with fMRI and data analysis is
required. Strong programming skills (matlab, python, etc.) are also a
requirement. Experience with data analysis techniques used in vision and
object recognition (e.g., Representational Similarity Analysis, MVPA,
Machine Learning, population Receptive Fields/phase lag analysis), as well
as computational approaches to cognitive neuroscience (e.g., SOM) are a
plus. Very good English (oral and written) communicative skills are

The positions are for a maximum of 5 years, and will start in February
2019. The positions involves no formal teaching (unless the candidate wants
to). They do involve, however, lab mentoring.

The salary is extremely competitive – between 2200 and 2400 euros per month
(dependent on experience), tax free (annual 26400-28800 euros tax free).
This value is on par with the average salaries at top American
institutions, as well as London, Paris, etc. However, the cost of living in
Portugal (and particularly in Coimbra) is much lower. According to Numbeo,
2400 euros would be equivalent to 4850 pounds in London/4800 euros in
Paris/6615 USD in Boston/6210 USD in Los Angeles/ 8330 USD in New York).

The researcher will work directly with Jorge Almeida in Coimbra, but the
laboratory has extensive collaborations with researchers throughout the
world. In fact, there may be the option of spending some time in another
lab as part of the position. The researcher will also be encouraged to
develop her/his own projects and look for additional funding so that the
stay can be extended.

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 mountain.

The deadline for the application is November 20, but you should apply as
soon as you can, as we may fill in the positions sooner than the deadline
if there are candidates with a superb fit with the requirements and
project. The interested candidates should email Jorge Almeida for questions
and applications. Please send an email with the subject “Post-doc position
under ERC - ContentMAP” with your *curriculum vitae, list of publications,
2 reference letters, and a short description of your experience in the
field and how you fulfill the requirements (fit with the position)* to:
jorgealmeida at fpce.uc.pt.
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