[FieldTrip] Postdoc position/Nerwcastle

Ole Jensen o.jensen at bham.ac.uk
Fri Jun 22 12:33:34 CEST 2018

Dear all,

Below an exciting postdoc opportunity.

All the best,


PS: Also encourage your MEG colleagues to sign up at


*/_Post Doctoral Position:_/**Neuronal mechanisms of cognition: 
multisensory convergence for learning and memory*

Research Assistant or Associate position**

*Main Supervisor:*Professor Christopher Petkov 

*Duration:*The position is for 1 with extensions possible

*Closing date: *Applications will be evaluated until the closing 
date:*/_August 21st, 2018_/*

A post-doctoral position is available for a European Research Council 
funded program grant on neuronal mechanisms of cognition: multisensory 
convergence for learning and memory. The scientific work is a 
collaboration between Newcastle University Medical School, UK 
(Professors Christopher Petkov and Timothy Griffiths), the University of 
Iowa, USA (Department of Neurosurgery, led by Professor Matthew Howard 
III) and the University of Birmingham, UK (Profs. Ole Jensen and Simon 
Hanslmayr). The work will involve professionally conducted 
neurophysiological studies with primate models at Newcastle University. 
This work will be the primary focus, but the laboratory also works with 
neurosurgical patients at the University of Iowa and amnesic patients in 
Newcastle University which will complement the work in animal models.

The successful candidate will work on cutting edge behavioural, fMRI and 
electrophysiological experiments in nonhuman primates to study neural 
oscillations, cognition and multisensory integration using innovative 
learning and memory tasks. Some testing of cognitively impaired patients 
or neural recordings in patients being monitored for surgery would be 
possible and will help to translate to humans the mechanistic 
information that requires the work with animals. Cutting edge 
behavioural, neuroimaging and neurophysiological recording studies will 
be conducted, including neural system perturbation by stimulation or 
inactivation to establish causal relationships crucial for learning and 

The successful candidates will work in the laboratory of Prof. 
Christopher Petkov at Newcastle University Medical School in Newcastle 
upon Tyne, United Kingdom. The ideal candidate will possess a PhD in 
neurobiology, or a related field, have a strong track record and 
experience with electrophysiological methods (e.g., EEG, MEG, 
extracellular recordings) or methods of stimulating the brain (e.g., 
optogenetics, TMS). Evidence of strong computational and technical 
skills is desired. Being able to work independently and professionally 
and collegially as part of a team is a must.

A PhD in neuroscience or a related field is required for appointment as 
a Research Associate, but we can also consider strong candidates close 
to completing their PhD. We seek an individual who already has evidence 
as a strong scientist, with strong technical and computing skills and a 
publication track record with demonstrated writing skills. Expertise 
involving behavioural and neurophysiological work in humans (e.g., 
EEG/MEG) or related techniques in other animals are strongly recommended.

Financial support is available for at least 1 year, with extensions 

*Value of the Award:*The salary is commensurate with post-doctoral 
experience. International applicants are encouraged to apply but will 
need to have obtained permission to work in the UK. Salary is paid in 
GBP and ranges from £29,301 - £33,183, which is highly competitive given 
the low cost of living at Newcastle in the UK.

*How to Apply: *Please submit a covering letter, full CV and the contact 
information of at least three individuals who can provide professional 
references. The covering letter should state how your interests and 
experience relate to the project and the laboratory work. The 
application documents can be submitted to chris.petkov at ncl.ac.uk 
<mailto:chris.petkov at ncl.ac.uk>, please include ‘ERC Post-Doctoral 
Position’ in the subject field.

*Further Information: *To find out more about the position please 
contact chris.petkov at ncl.ac.uk <mailto:chris.petkov at ncl.ac.uk>or browse 
the laboratory website: http://www.staff.ncl.ac.uk/lcnncl. University of 
Iowa Human Brain Research Laboratory: 
Website of Prof. Matthew Howard III, MD: 
Website of Ole Jensen: . Website of Simon Hanslmayr: .

Prof. Ole Jensen
Centre for Human Brain Health, University of Birmingham

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