BrainSync: 2 postdoc positions available

Robert Oostenveld r.oostenveld at FCDONDERS.RU.NL
Fri Apr 11 15:10:11 CEST 2008

2 Post-doctoral positions at the Institute of Advanced Technologies
in Biomedicine (ITAB), University of Chieti, to work on BrainSync, a
FP7 sponsored project (see abstract below), starting immediately
( These positions are for experiments on the
mechanisms of neuronal communication in resting state networks and
during visual attention in healthy volunteers with fMRI and MEG.

BrainSync is a multi-center project involving the following
scientists (centers): Maurizio Corbetta & Gian Luca Romani (St.Louis,
Chieti), Jean-Philippe Lachaux (Lyon), Guy Orban & Wim Vanduffel
(Leuven, Boston), Pascal Fries (Njimegen), Jon Driver (London), and
Andreas Engel (Hamburg).  BrainSync involves studies in human and non-
human primates using a variety of methods including single/multi-unit/
LFP/fMRI recordings in non-human primates; fMRI/MEG/TMS measurements
in healthy subjects and patients with brain diseases.

ITAB is equipped with two new Phillips scanner (1.5 and 3.0T), a 165
channel MEG, integrated TMS/EEG and EEG/fMRI systems, and new 500
channels MEG system operational in the fall of 2008.

Candidates should have a PhD in Physics, Engineering, Psychology,
Neuroscience, or Computer Science.  MDs with a strong background in
Cognitive Neuroscience may also apply.  Candidates should be already
familiar either with MEG or fMRI methods.  Quantitative skills in
signal processing and time course analysis, as well as computer
programming (C++, Matlab) is highly desirable.

Chieti is a university town, located in central Italy, about 15
minutes from the Adriatic coast, 30 minutes from the Parco Nazionale
degli Abruzzi, the largest natural reserve in Italy, great skying,
hiking, and mountain or seaside activities, only 2 hours from Rome.

Applications should include CV, a research statement, and 2 letters
of reccomendation.
Please forward the application materials to Prof. Maurizio Corbetta,
mau at, Department of Neurology, Washington University,
St.Louis, Box 8111, 660 S.Euclid, St.Louis, MO 63110.

BrainSync abstract FP7 program
The goal of this project is to understand how neuronal assemblies
exchange information (functional neuronal communication), and how
variability in neuronal communication explains variability in
behavioural performance, both in the intact and injured brain.
Neural communication involves temporal interactions between neuronal
assemblies, not only locally within an area but also on a larger-
scale between brain areas.  We focus on large-scale interactions that
arise at two distinct but potentially related temporal scales:
'slow' (~0.1 Hz) fluctuations of the blood oxygen level dependent
(BOLD) signal, as readily measured with functional magnetic resonance
imaging (fMRI); and 'fast' (1-150 Hz) neuronal oscillations, as can
be measured at various spatial scales (e.g. multi-unit activity (MUA)
and local field potentials (LFP) at fine spatial scale;
electroencephalography (EEG); magnetoencephalography (MEG) at
intermediate scale. We will explore how the different temporal and
spatial scales relate mechanistically, and how variability in ongoing
spontaneous or task-induced neuronal interactions relates to
cognition and behaviour. A potentially important clinical application
is the development of easy-to-use diagnostic measures of neuronal
communication, and pathological changes in this, for many major brain
diseases, including stroke, head injury, multiple sclerosis, and
Alzheimer's disease.

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