[visionlist] 3 Post-Doctoral positions at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Coimbra, Portugal, to work with Alfonso Caramazza and Jorge Almeida

Jorge Almeida jorgecbalmeida at gmail.com
Wed Feb 7 15:11:56 -04 2024

The Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences <https://www.uc.pt/fpce>
of the University of Coimbra <https://www.uc.pt/en> Portugal (FPCE-UC) invites
applications from rising and enthusiastic researchers in Cognitive Science
and Cognitive Neuroscience for 3 Post-Doctoral positions to work with
Alfonso Caramazza and Jorge Almeida.

These positions are part of a transformative ERA Chair grant CogBooster
<https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101087584> from the European Union to
FPCE-UC led by Alfonso Caramazza
<https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=hvvrK8cAAAAJ&hl=en>. The goal of
CogBooster is to implement a strong and international line of research in
Basic Cognitive Science and Cognitive Neuroscience to contribute to the
ongoing renewal of the Psychological Sciences in Portugal over the next


As part of this expansion and renewal, we are searching for Post-doctoral
applicants with expertise related to the following areas:

·         1 Post-doctoral position in any of the following areas: lexical
processing, visual object recognition, reading, or action recognition.

·         1 Post-doctoral position on visual object recognition, in
particular on how object knowledge is organized and represented neurally
and cognitively, using fMRI (potentially with ultra-high field MRI), and
potentially ECoG/sEEG.

·         1 Post-doctoral position on object dimensionality and dimensional
mapping, using population receptive field analysis/connective field
modeling to work on topics related to the following preprint:

The selected applicants will work directly with Alfonso Caramazza and Jorge
Almeida. They will be based in Coimbra, but will have the opportunity to
spend some time at Harvard University, at Alfonso Caramazza’s laboratory.


Applicants should be recent graduates – the date in their PhD diploma
should not be before October 2021 (i.e., no more than 3 years from the
signing of the contract). They should also have their diploma recognized in
Portugal at the time of the signing of the contract (diploma recognition
could be requested here <https://www.dges.gov.pt/recon/formulario>). The
start date is negotiable (but should be no later than fall 2024).

The successful applicant should have a strong record of research for their
career level, and meet, or show promise of meeting, the following

·  Research potential through publications with impact in the field;

·  Proficiency in English, both written and spoken (speaking Portuguese is
not necessary);

·  Good written and spoken communication skills;


The positions do not involve formal teaching. They do involve, however, lab

The salary is competitive for Portuguese standards – 1800 euro per month
net value. According to Numbeo <http://www.numbeo.com/>, 1800 euro in
Coimbra correspond to a local purchasing power of about 3230 euro in Paris,
3520 pounds in London (UK), 2685 euro in Brussels, 2385 euro in Rome, 2890
euro in Munich, about 4750 USD in Los Angeles, Boston or Washington, 4830
CAD in Toronto, or 5940 AUD euro in Sydney.

The position will be for a maximum of 3 years, renewable every year.

*About FPCE-UC and Coimbra:*

The University of Coimbra is a 700-year-old University and is a UNESCO
world Heritage site. Coimbra is one of the liveliest university cities in
the world, and it is a beautiful city with easy access to beaches and
mountains. The Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences has been
consistently ranked as the best, or one of the best Psychology Departments
in Portugal. In the last decade it has become the leading department in
Portugal on Psychological research, holding, for instance the only ERC
grants in Psychology in Portugal. FPCE-UC has a major laboratory for
Cognitive Science and Cognitive Neuroscience research – the Proaction Lab
<https://proactionlab.fpce.uc.pt/>. We have access locally to two 3T MRI
scanners, and access to one 7T MRI remotely, to tDCS, to a 256 channel EEG,
and to a fully set behavioral lab.

*Application Instructions:*

All candidates should submit the following documents in English: (1) a
curriculum vitae; (2) a motivation letter describing their interest in the
position, and their track record; (3) at least two letters of reference
submitted before the application deadline.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by March 31, 2023.

If you are interested in applying for one of the positions or know of any
suitable applicants in your network of colleagues and former students who
may be suitable for any of the positions, please direct them to the

*Equal Employment Opportunity statement:*

The University of Coimbra is an equal opportunity/affirmative action
employer and has a Gender Equality Plan in place. We are committed to
fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community at the
University. We particularly encourage applications from women, and from
other under-represented groups in the University of Coimbra’s workforce and
in the cognitive and brain sciences.

*Further information:*
If you want to know more about the positions you can informally contact
Alfonso Caramazza (caram at wjh.harvard.edu) and Jorge Almeida (
jorgecbalmeida at gmail.com). Please mention the profile(s) you would fit,
from the three proposed.
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