postdoc position available in Manchester
r.oostenveld at FCDONDERS.RU.NL
Mon Apr 28 12:30:31 CEST 2008
FYI, read below for the full advert. I was told that the deadline is
already very soon: 2nd of May.
Postdoc to study the influence of sleep upon memory consolidation
Applications are invited for a 3 year postdoc to study the
neuroplasticity associated with sleep-dependent memory consolidation
using fMRI, MEG, and sleep monitoring with EEG. The successful
candidate will be based at the University of Manchester, and will
take up the post in June-August of this year.
It is well established that procedural skills are strengthened during
post-training sleep, and that such consolidation is associated with
alterations in neural circuitry. This neuroplasticity is thought to
be caused by the reactivation of task-related circuitry during sleep,
in combination with the electrophysiological and pharmacological
characteristics of that sleep. This fellowship will focus upon sleep
dependent neuroplasticity by using fMRI, MEG, and EEG first to
characterise sleep-dependent changes in the activity of local brain
regions and brain networks, and second to track the evolution of such
changes during a night of sleep.
Manchester’s neuroscience community & facilities
Manchester University provides a vibrant intellectual community with
a strong commitment to cognitive neuroscience. Local facilities
include 3 and 1.5 Tesla Philips MR scanners at the Translational
Imaging Unit http://www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/tiu/ and a PET scanner
at the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre http://
www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/research/facilities/wmic/ . The appointee
will join the Neuroscience and Aphasia Unit (NARU) http://www.psych-
sci.manchester.ac.uk/naru/ and interact with the Cognition and
Cognitive Neuroscience Unit http://www.psych-sci.manchester.ac.uk/
research/groups/cognitionandcognitive/ . MEG studies will be
performed at the University of Liverpool’s MARIARC centre http://
Collaborators & Training
This post provides an exceptional opportunity to learn cutting edge
techniques in fMRI, MEG, and EEG. It is part of a 3 year BBSRC grant
to Dr. Penny Lewis http://www.liv.ac.uk/psychology/staff/plewis.html
in conjunction with Matt Walker of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab at
Berkeley http://www.walkerlab.com/people.html, Derk-Jan Dijk of the
Surrey Sleep Research Centre http://www.surrey.ac.uk/SBMS/SSRC/,
Andrej Stancak of MARIARC, and Dr. Stefan Kiebel at the Functional
Imaging Laboratory http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/. The successful
candidate will travel regularly to visit these collaborators and
learn cutting edge techniques for experimental design and analysis.
To apply you must have
a) A PhD in neuroscience, computer science, or a related field
b) Experience with MEG or EEG.
c) An interest in memory plasticity and or sleep research
If interested, please send a CV and statement of interest to Penny
Lewis <Penelope.Lewis at manchester.ac.uk>. There is no formal
deadline, but we encourage you to make contact as soon as possible.
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