Postdoc position in Pain and Computational neuroscience

    Postdoc position in Pain and Computational neuroscience

    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)


    PositionPostdoc position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Cognitive neuroscience
    – Computer science
    – Biomedicine
    – Psychology
    SalaryDKK 486,969.17 – 512,713.62/Year
    WorkplaceBody, Pain and Perception Lab (BPP)
    Centre of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN)
    Department of Clinical Medicine
    Aarhus University
    Contract Period2 Years
    Starting dateJune 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

    Documents Required

    • 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
    • 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 & Department of Clinical Medicine

    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


    Head of Department of Clinical Medicine Jørgen Frøkiær
    Tel.: (+45) 7845 9000.

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