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Department of Clinical Medicine - Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience - Faculty: Health

Postdoctoral position in neuroimaging of synaesthesia and expertise

Published 21 Mar

Deadline 10 May

Expected start 1 Jul

  • Department of Clinical Medicine - Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience Nørrebrogade 44 8000 Aarhus C

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2021 ID: 734

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher to join a neuroimaging project on the relationship between synaesthesia and expertise located at Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN) Aarhus University and coordinated by Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) at Aalborg University. The current call is part of a larger project funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research (https://ufm.dk/en/research-and-innovation/funding-programmes-for-research-and-innovation/who-has-received-funding/2016/dff-research-project-grants-from-the-danish-council-for-independent-research-humanities-june-2016) led by PI associate professor Thomas Alrik Sørensen (TAS). The postdoc will have his or her principle placement at the scanning facility at CFIN where the position is administered from, but in addition they will also carry an affiliation with CCN in Aalborg University. The position is advertised for a duration of 2 years and eligible candidates are expected to start July 1st 2019 or as soon as possible.
The overall aim of the research project is to investigate similarities between development of synaesthesia and mechanisms involved in learning and expertise. The project includes behavioural investigations as well of MR investigations of structural and functional modulations in development of expertise as well as in synaesthesia. The postdoctoral candidate is expected to 1) develop behavioural and neuroimaging protocols, 2) execute large scale data collection including recruiting, screening, and testing project participants, 3) modelling and analysing MR as well as behavioural data, 4) managing and training of volunteer assistants, and 5) take part in ongoing discussions on possible project extensions. As such the ideal candidate will have substantial prior experience in all of these areas. In addition, it is important that the candidate can see themselves both working independently on the project, as well as being part of a team under the guidance of TAS.   
Research Environment
CFIN is an international and strongly multidisciplinary research centre at Aarhus University Hospital located at the department for clinical medicine. CFIN has a state-of-the-art neuroscience facility including a 306 channel TRIUX MEG system (Elekta Neuromag), MRI systems (Siemens TimTrio 3T, magnetom Skyra 3T), PET, TMS, EEG, eye-tracking, olfactometer, and more. CCN is a young research group in Aalborg with strong behavioural testing facilities, including EEG (Brain Products), Eye-tracking (Eye-link 1000), and currently establishing support for olfactory manipulations. In addition, we have strong collaborations nationally which allow us access to a 7T MR system as well as different animal facilities.
Required Qualifications
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires academic qualifications at the PhD level in a relevant research topic like cognitive neuroscience or psychology. In addition, the following skills will be highly relevant and prior expertise will be strongly favoured:
  1. Working and analysing MR data, both structurally and functionally.
  2. Computational modelling
  3. Relevant background in experimental investigations of synaesthesia and/or development of learning and expertise.
  4. Knowledge of multisensory perception.
  5. Expertise with additional methods like EEG, Eye-tracking, etc.
  6. A strong background and high degree of familiarity with programming and analysis tools like MatLab, R, Phyton, etc. 
  7. A strong track record of scientific publications in international peer reviewed journals.
As the candidate is also expected to coordinate and be involved in other collaborative projects, excellent interpersonal skills and an interest in facilitating a collaborative research environment is an equally important aspect. 
All applications must be made online and received by: 10.05.2019.

Terms of employment
Your application must include the following:
  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • A list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios
  • A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system
  • Template for applicant - postdoc must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’

We refer to the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants.

The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its statement. In such cases, you will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless your application is withdrawn.

Applications submitted through channels other than the online application form or applications which are not received by the application deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

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Thomas Alrik Sørensen

Thomas Alrik Sørensen Associate professor, Department of Clinical Medicine - Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience alrik@hum.aau.dk

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Deadline: Friday 10 May 2019 at 23:59 CEST