postdoc position available in Manchester

Robert Oostenveld 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.

best regards,


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.

The Project
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 and a PET scanner  
at the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre http:// .  The appointee  
will join the Neuroscience and Aphasia Unit (NARU) http://www.psych- and interact with the Cognition and  
Cognitive Neuroscience Unit 
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  
in conjunction with Matt Walker  of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab at  
Berkeley, Derk-Jan Dijk of the  
Surrey Sleep Research Centre,  
Andrej Stancak of MARIARC, and Dr. Stefan Kiebel at the Functional  
Imaging Laboratory  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>.  There is no formal  
deadline, but we encourage you to make contact as soon as possible.

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