[visionlist] [job] Postdoctoral Researcher position on fMRI study of spontaneous thoughts and natural task

Mingbo Cai mingbo.cai at gmail.com
Mon Mar 1 22:47:32 -04 2021

Postdoctoral Researcher on fMRI study of spontaneous thoughts and natural
We seek a talented neuroscientist with extensive experience in the areas of
advanced fMRI analysis, (such as encoding or decoding models) and the
design of experiments using naturalistic tasks and assessing spontaneous
thoughts. A 3-year postdoctoral position is available at Dr. Mingbo Cai’s
lab at the International Research Center for Neurointelligence, The
University of Tokyo. You will work on an exciting international
collaboration project co-funded by AMED of Japan and DFG of Germany
directed by both Dr. Cai <https://cailab-ircn.org/> and Dr. Nicolas Schuck
<https://schucklab.gitlab.io/> at Max Planck Institute for Human
Development. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate remotely
with Dr. Quentin Huys <https://quentinhuys.com/> at the University College
London. The project will focus on understanding the contents and dynamics
of spontaneous thoughts using fMRI decoding and natural tasks. In the later
stage of the project, we also plan to examine the clinical implication of
differences in spontaneous thoughts. Applicants with experience working on
populations with mental disorders are also highly encouraged to apply. The
working language is English. The working location is at The University of
Tokyo, Japan.

Contract duration: renewed annually up for 3 years, with a probation period
of 6 months.

Starting date: On or after April 1, 2021.

(1)   Applicants must hold, or be expected to hold by the time of
appointment, a PhD, M.D. or equivalent degree in Neuroscience, Psychology,
Psychiatry, Machine Learning, Statistics or related fields.

(2)   Experience in conducting fMRI experiments and data analysis
(evidenced by publications, conference presentations or writing samples).

(3)   Familiar with at least one of the following tools: AFNI, FSL,
nilearn, BrainIAK.

(4)   Good speaking and scientific writing skills in English.

(5)   Good programming skills.

(6)   Willing to collaborate and help colleagues.

Requirements 2 and 3 may be replaced by two or three of the preferred
skills below:

*Preferred skills:*
(1)   Research experience with fMRI experiments involving natural tasks and
multivariate pattern analysis.

(2)   Experience with experiments investigating spontaneous thoughts.

(3)   Research experience with investigations of psychiatric disorders.

(4)   Knowledge of and experience with deep learning.

*Application procedure:*
Please send an email with title “[Postdoc Application] + your name” to
mingbo.cai at ircn.jp. Please include a cover letter describing your
background and research interest, a curriculum vitae, and contact
information for 2-3 recommendation letters (ideally you can also request
your referees to send their letters directly to the above email address).
To increase the chance of being considered, we suggest you include writing
samples or a copy of a poster. Informal inquiry can also be sent to Dr. Cai.

*Application deadline:*
The first deadline is March 31. The position will remain open until filled.
We encourage early application as the review can start before the deadline.

Mingbo Cai
Principal Investigator
International Research Center for Neurointelligence
The University of Tokyo
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