Senin, 26 April 2010

[Europe] 8 PhD Positions in Neuroimaging by Marie-Curie Initial Training Network


FMRI is a fast developing technique that permits addressing core questions in cognitive neuroscience in the human brain. The future of this technique resides in pushing hardware to permit ultra-high field scanning at superior spatial resolution, developing advanced data analysis, and combining the technique with other approaches, including EEG, TMS, PET, as well as pharmacology and molecular biology. These goals are pursued by a consortium of 4 partners consisting of Maastricht University (Brain Imaging Centre), Research Centre Juelich (MR Physics), University of Liege (Cyclotron Research Centre) and Glaxo-Smith- Kline (Clinical Imaging Centre London). Funding comes from a Marie-Curie Initial Training Network grant.

To advance research goals at the consortium, we are looking for applicants who
(1) show a drive to investigate a core question in cognitive neuroscience which can be theoretical (e.g., perception, attention, memory) or more clinical in nature (e.g., dementia, neurofeedback in locked-in patients);
(2) are motivated to use and/or help engineer cutting-edge methods of data acquisition (physics) and data analysis;
(3) enjoy the (technical) challenges of working in an integrative, multidisciplinary environment. Relevant backgrounds include engineering, physics, mathematics, advanced statistics and data analysis, molecular biology, software programming, computational modelling, and cognitive neuroscience. The ideal candidate combines skills from several of these disciplines.

We offer a unique, integrative research environment where world-leading scientists will integrate accepted applicants into their research teams. A 1.5y training programme has been set up to offer additional, high-level training in all domains relevant for the research (for an overview of all offered courses:

The Marie Curie- Initial Training Network `Methods in Neuroimaging` graduate school offers:
- 3 PhD positions and 1 Post-doc position in biophysics and MR physics at Research Centre Juelich (Germany)
- 3 PhD positions and 1 Post-doc position in brain imaging data acquisition and analysis (combination of methods) at Brain Imaging Centre, Maastricht University (The Netherlands)
- 2 PhD positions in the field of brain imaging data acquisition and analysis (combination of methods) at Cyclotron Research Centre, Université de Liège (Belgium)

Representative project descriptions can be found here:
Although there is some flexibility in the research topics, applicants should select their preferred projects.

Research Field
Neurosciences - Other

All recruited researchers are Marie Curie fellows and will profit from all Marie Curie benefits, including travel, living, mobility and career exploratory allowances.

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Application files (sent by mail) should include:
- Motivation letter (please state your fields/projects of interest)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Certified transcripts Master
- two recent reference letters send directly by the referees via mail
- all non-native English speakers have to pass the academic IELTS (minimum score: 7.5) or TOEFL internet-based (minimum score: 113)
- Application deadline: July 15th 2010

Please contact Els Merken for further information and/or application
Mailing address : Marie Curie Vacancies t.a.v. Els Merken, P.O. 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
phone: +31 388 1747

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