[visionlist] Research Assistant positions on fMRI and Behavioral research on the organization of object knowledge (ERC and FCT grants) in Coimbra, Portugal

Jorge Almeida jorgecbalmeida at gmail.com
Fri Aug 30 14:18:14 -04 2019

Apologies for cross-posting.

The Proaction Laboratory (Perception and Recognition of Objects and
Actions; proactionlab.fpce.uc.pt; Jorge Almeida’s Lab) at the University of
Coimbra (*www.uc.pt <http://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) and on FCT grants on the neural and
cognitive organization of object knowledge. In these projects 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, behavioral, and neuromodulation approaches.

Experience with fMRI and/or behavioral 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 2,5 years. The salary is competitive
especially considering the cost of living in Portugal (and particularly in

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 1, 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 and FCT grants” 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
<jorgealmeida at fpce.uc.pt>*.
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