[visionlist] Post-Doc position available on healthy and pathologicalneural and cognitive aging (using neuropsychological assessment andneuroimaging/fMRI) – deadline November 19

Jorge Almeida jorgecbalmeida at gmail.com
Fri Nov 6 07:40:53 -04 2020

Apologies for cross-posting.

Post-Doc position available on healthy and pathologicalneural and cognitive
aging (using neuropsychological assessment andneuroimaging/fMRI) – deadline
November 19

The Proaction Laboratory (Perception and Recognition of Objects and Actions;
proactionlab.fpce.uc.pt/; Jorge Almeida’s Lab) and the PsyAssessment lab (
http://psyassessmentlab.fpce.uc.pt/; Mário Simões’s Lab) at the University
of Coimbra (www.uc.pt), Portugal, are looking for a motivated and bright
Post-doctoral researcher to investigate healthy and pathological neural and
cognitive aging using neuropsychological assessment and neuroimaging tools
(namely fMRI/DTI). This position is funded by the Portuguese Science
Foundation, and is for 3 years (potentially renewable). Researchers will
work directly with Jorge Almeida, Mário Simões, and colleagues of the two
labs in Coimbra.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants should have a PhD degree in psychology or any of the areas
associated with the position (or related areas): neuroimaging,
neuropsychological assessment and neural and cognitive aging. The selected
candidate will be responsible for preparing and implementing projects and
experiments, and analyzing data on healthy and pathological neural and
cognitive aging using neuropsychological assessment and neuroimaging
(namely fMRI), and thus should be an expert in the use of these techniques
on aging issues. The candidate should be an expert (or have knowledge) on
univariate and multivariate analysis of fMRI (in aging), on
neuropsychological assessment in aging, and on the use of computational
models or machine learning on these data. The candidate should also have
good command of the use of matlab, python or other high-level programming
language, and be proficient in Portuguese OR English. This position will
require designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data associated
with the project, preparing manuscripts for publication, presenting results
at national and international conferences and the possible supervision of
research assistants and students.

The Position:

The call is open from *November 6 to November 19, 2020*. This is a 3-year
position (potentially renewable), with a monthly salary (prior to taxes) of
2134,73 euros (after taxes should be 1500 euros per month depending on
tax-related issues). Note that the Portuguese system pays 14 months per
year (12 + an extra salary in the summer vacation and one in the winter
vacation). The salary is competitive for the cost of living in Portugal
(and particularly in Coimbra), and follows the Portuguese Post-Doctoral
rates. The reference of the position is: IT057-20-10242.

The University and facilities:

We have access to a 3T MRI scanner with a 64-channel coil (with EEG inside
the scanner), to tDCS and TMS with neuronavigation, to a 256 ch EEG, to a
motion tracker and eyetracker, to numerous assessment batteries, to a fully
set psychophysics lab, and we are now starting a small VR lab. 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 liveliest university
cities in the world, and it is a beautiful city with easy access to the
beach and mountain.

How to apply:

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately – November 19 is
a hard deadline for this application. We particularly encourage
applications from women, and other underrepresented groups. The University
of Coimbra is currently leading several EU gender discrimination grants,
and considers gender balance a major university-wide goal.

The interested candidates should:

1.     Register at the platform apply.uc.pt and prepare the application
within this platform (https://apply.uc.pt/IT057-20-10242).

2.     Be 18 years old or older; not have any situation that inhibits
her/his possibility to perform a position as public servant; be physical
and psychologically fit and capable of fulfilling the duties of the
position; and have all necessary vaccination according to the Portuguese
law. The applicant is *required* to write a document, (dated and signed)
where s/he states that s/he fulfills these criteria.

3.     Hold a PhD degree in one of the areas of the position (or related

4.     Demonstrate proficiency in Portuguese OR English (or be a native
speaker of any of these languages).

For their application, candidates should include (in PDF format):

1.     A *Curriculum Vitae* (signed and dated) focusing on the last 5 years
(this can be extended under particular situations such as parental leave or
other as long as they are duly explained). The CV should start with a
section that states previous positions and contracts the candidate has
held. Then it should have a synopsis of why the candidate is a perfect fit
this position and the specific areas, by discussing how the candidate’s
work is related with aging, fMRI (and neuroimaging) and Neuropsychological
assessment (e.g., MoCA, WAIS, ADAS-Cog, etc). The remaining of the CV
should focus (or at least include sections) on the following aspects:

a.     Scientific performance (accounts for 80% of the evaluation):

                                 i.         Scientific production (e.g.,

                                ii.         Applied research (if any)

                              iii.         Discrimination and explanation
of the 3 to 6 main works/papers that the candidate feels best represent
her/his work, and best contributed to advancing the area of the position.

b.     Academic positions and management (accounts for 20% of the

                                 i.         Academic and non-academic
dissemination and promotion of scientific literacy

                                ii.         Academic positions and Science
Management (including reviewing, panel membership, coordination and
participation of scientific projects, etc).

c.     The candidate should add any other aspect s/he feels are important
for the evaluation such as, but not limited to, teaching experience,
education, references, etc

2.     A copy of the PhD certificates and diplomas. *If the PhD was
obtained outside of Portugal, the candidates should either request the
recognition of the certificate at*:
https://www.dges.gov.pt/RecOn/Formulario/, and send the proof of the
request (or the actual recognition if you manage to get it prior to the
application) along with the PDF of the certificate and the diploma. *This
is mandatory for PhDs obtained outside of Portugal, and your application
will not be considered if you do not have this!*

3.     A PDF copy of 3 to 6 papers or works that the candidate feels best
represent their work, and best contributed to the advancing the area of the

4.     A PDF copy of all the works mentioned in the CV.

If you have questions about the application procedure, please send me an
email (jorgealmeida at fpce.uc.pt) with the subject “Post-Doc position
available on healthy and pathological neural and cognitive aging”. The job
add is attached.
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