[visionlist] Many Research Assistants and Doctoral Student positions available under an ERC Starting Grant on the organization of object knowledge

Jorge Almeida jorgecbalmeida at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 13:21:57 -04 2021

Apologies for cross-posting.

The Proaction Laboratory (Perception and Recognition of Objects and
Actions; http://proactionlab.fpce.uc.pt/; Jorge Almeida’s Lab) at the
University of Coimbra (www.uc.pt), Portugal is looking for motivated and
bright Research Assistants and future Doctoral Students to work on a
prestigious ERC Starting Grant project (ContentMAP;
https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/802553) on the neural organization of
object knowledge. In this project we are exploring 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. We strongly and particularly encourage applications from
women, and from underrepresented groups in academia.

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 3 years, potentially renewable, and will start in
August (the starting date can be moved to an earlier or later date. The
salary is competitive, especially considering the cost of living in
Portugal (and particularly in Coimbra). The researchers will work directly
with Jorge Almeida and other researchers in the Proaction Lab, 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 64-channel coil, to a 256 ch EEG
dedicated to the Lab, motion tracking system, tDCS with neuronavigation,
and to a fully set psychophysics lab. We also have eyetracking on site, and
may 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.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as we may fill in
the positions sooner than the deadline if there are candidates with a
superb fit with the requirements and project. Applicants should have their
Master’s and or BA degree completed, and will have to get their diplomas
recognized in Portugal prior to signing their contract. 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.

Thank you very much!
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