Pain and Computational neuroscience – Postdoc position in the field of pain and computational neuroimaging, at Pain and Perception Lab (BPP), within the Centre of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN), Department of Clinical Medicine, at Aarhus University, Denmark
Deadline to Apply
June 05, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)
|No. of Position(s)||1|
|Research Area||– Cognitive neuroscience|
– Computer science
|Salary||DKK 486,969.17 – 512,713.62/Year|
|Workplace||Body, Pain and Perception Lab (BPP)|
Centre of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN)
Department of Clinical Medicine
|Contract Period||2 Years|
|Starting date||June 1, 2021|
Appointment as a postdoc requires academic qualifications at PhD level, preferably within one or more of the following areas: cognitive neuroscience, computer science, biomedicine, or psychology. Additionally, the following skills and prior experiences are required or desirable:
Critically Required Skills:
- Prior experience in conducting behavioral and neuroimaging experiments involving thermal and/or tactile stimulation in humans.
- Prior experience with computational modelling of behavioral data (e.g., DDM) or fMRI data (e.g., population receptive fields modelling) or EEG/MEG data (e.g., source modelling, decoding).
- Prior publications in pain, psychophysics, perceptual decision-making, and/or neuroimaging in international research journals.
- Experience with Github and data-sharing formats for neuroimaging such as BIDS.
- Interest in facilitating a collaborative research environment through supervision of students and RAs.
- As a person, you are ambitious, take ownership and possess good communication and interpersonal skills. We expect you to be fluent in oral and written English.
- Strong expertise in data acquisition, preprocessing and statistical modelling of spinal MRI and/or brain MRI and/or MEG data
- Prior experience developing perceptual and psychophysical tasks
- Strong interest in pain and thermosensory neuroscience
Responsibilities/ Job Description
As Postdoc in pain and computational neuroscience your position is primarily research-based but may also involve teaching assignments. You will contribute to the development of the department through research of high international quality. In your daily work, you will work closely with colleagues on your project, where you will receive supervision and guidance.
Your main tasks will consist of:
- Independent research of high international quality, including publication.
- Development and piloting of psychophysical measures of illusory pain perception
- Execution and oversight of data collection including participant recruitment, screening, and testing
- Computational modelling of behavioral and neuroimaging data
- Writing and publication of scientific articles
How to Apply?
To apply, please click the Apply Online button mentioned above
- Motivated application
- Curriculum Vitae
- 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
- Template for applicant – postdoc must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’
- Strategic research plan can be uploaded
- Coauthor statement(s) can be uploaded
- References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system
We refer to the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants.
About Research project
The project will involve brain imaging (MRI and/or MEG) of healthy participants as they complete psychophysical tasks, involving thermal painful and non-painful stimuli, such as the thermal grill illusion. The candidate will be supported in the tasks and responsibilities listed below, by research assistants, and by collaborations with other research groups at CFIN led by Associate Professors Micah Allen and Diego Vidaurre, and Professor Sarang Dalal. As the position is focused on task development and computational modelling of behavioral and neuroimaging data, demonstrated expertise with R, Matlab, and/or Python and prior experience with MRI or MEG are strictly required. Expertise with psychophysical methods and code libraries (e.g., PsychoPy, Psychtoolbox, or similar) is also required.
About Centre of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience
CFIN is an international, multidisciplinary research centre based within the Danish Neuroscience Centre at the Institute for Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Denmark. Investigators at CFIN are supported by state-of-the-art research-dedicated cognitive neuroscience facilities including MRI systems (Siemens PRISMA 3T, Magnetom Skyra 3T), 306-channel TRIUX MEG system (Elekta Neuromag), 16 Optical Pumped Magnetometers (OPMs, FieldLine), PET, navigated TMS, EEG, eye-tracking, electrogastrography, and other physiological recording equipment, together with dedicated parallel processing computing facilities.
We offer a vibrant international research environment where English is the preferred language in the laboratory, at meetings and at seminars. The Department employs some 450 people and covers a range of research areas within Biomedicine. We contribute to the Bachelor’s degree programs in medicine, molecular medicine, odontology and the Master’s degree programs in biomedical engineering and medical chemistry. Our infrastructure is well developed with modern laboratories, core and animal facilities. You will work either in the brand new ‘Skou Building’ or similar as we are in the process of modernizing our old facilities. You can read more about the department here and about the faculty here.
Terms of employment
- Appointment as a postdoc requires academic qualifications at PhD level.
- Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
- The appointment is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
- Remuneration is in accordance with the above, and the Salary agreement catalogue for staff at Health.
- The yearly base salary for a fulltime postdoc position with minimum 3 years of working experience after achieved MSc degree is DKK 486,969.17 or DKK 512,713.62 with minimum 4 years of working experience after achieved MSc degree. The base salary includes a position related supplement and pension (17.1 %). Additional supplement(s) for special qualifications can be negotiated. Authorisation supplemement(s) will be granted, if relevant for the position. Your local eligible trade union representative at Aarhus University negotiates your salary on your behalf.
- Researchers recruited from abroad are offered a special researcher tax scheme with a lower tax rate.
- Further information on qualification requirements and job description can be found in the.Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff
Head of Department of Clinical Medicine Jørgen Frøkiær
Tel.: (+45) 7845 9000.
Post expires at 8:59am on Sunday June 6th, 2021 (GMT+9)