[visionlist] Many Doctoral and Pre-Doctoral 5 year positions available under an ERC Starting Grant on the organization of object knowledge

Jorge Almeida jorgecbalmeida at gmail.com
Tue Aug 14 10:17:06 -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 doctoral and pre-doctoral researchers to
work on a prestigious 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 neuromodulation.

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) is a plus. Very good English (oral
and written) communicative skills are necessary.

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 competitive especially considering the cost of living in
Portugal (and particularly in Coimbra).

The researchers 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.

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 “Positions 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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