[visionlist] Post-doctoral position in Portugal in Cognitive/Computational Neuroscience - Application deadline August 3rd
jorgecbalmeida at gmail.com
Fri Jul 22 06:48:06 -04 2022
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The Proaction Laboratory (Jorge Almeida’s Lab; proactionlab.fpce.uc.pt) at
the University of Coimbra (www.uc.pt), Portugal is looking for 1
Post-Doctoral Researcher (Cognitive/computational Neuroscience with
interests in dimensionality reduction, SOMs and object processing) to work
on an 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.
General Requirements for the positions:
1. Candidates should have a PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience,
Computer Science, Computational Neuroscience or any other related field as
long as their work relates to the specific profiles below.
2. They should already have their diplomas (so that we can start the
process of recognition in Portugal, which is a necessary step for hiring –
please go here <https://www.dges.gov.pt/recon/formulario> to start the
process of recognizing your diploma).
3. The candidate should be a recent graduate – the date in their PhD
diploma should not be before January 2020.
4. Interest in object recognition and neural representation.
5. Very good English (oral and written) communicative skills are necessary.
Specific requirements for each profile:
1. Excellent understanding of and experience with fMRI and data analysis,
and specifically with MVPA and Representational Similarity Analysis is
2. Strong programming skills (matlab, python, etc.) are also a requirement.
1. Excellent understanding of Machine Learning especially applied to fMRI
2. Command of computational approaches for mapping and dimensionality
reduction especially applied to neuroimaging (e.g., SOM – self-organizing
Salary and duration:
The position will start as soon as possible and finish in January 2024. The
position involves no formal teaching (unless the candidate wants to). It
does involve, however, lab mentoring.
The salary is extremely competitive – 2200 euros per month net value
(annual 26400 net value). 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. 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 2 3T MRI scanner with a 32-channel coil, 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.
How can I apply:
Applications are open until August 3rd.
The interested candidates should email Jorge Almeida if they have any
question. Please send an email (jorgealmeida at fpce.uc.pt) with the subject
“Post-doc position under ERC - ContentMAP”.
To apply, please follow this link:
link to the call is here:
You should send the following documents:
1. The Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications,
2. 2 Reference letters
3. A motivation letter with a short description of your experience in the
field and how you fulfill the requirements (fit with the position).
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