[FieldTrip] Two ERC-Funded Research Associate Post-doctoral Positions

Bryan Strange bryan.strange at upm.es
Wed Dec 15 10:01:59 CET 2021

Dear colleagues,
We are looking for highly motivated post-doctoral research associates to 
work in the Laboratory for Clinical Neuroscience at the Centre for 
Biomedical Technology, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid.

Job description: You will work on the European Research Council (ERC) 
Consolidator project awarded to Bryan Strange, head of the Laboratory 
for Clinical Neuroscience. This project is described here 
(http://www.thestrangelab.org/erc-cog-rememberex/). The successful 
applicants will form part of a multi-disciplinary team comprising 
neuroscientists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, psychiatrists, 
psychologists and biomedical engineers.

Type of contract: Full-time. The initial contract will be made for 1 
year (with an initial 6 month trial period) and is renewable for up to 3 

Salary: 44,125 euros bruto per year

Start date: Winter 2021-22

Position 1. The successful candidate will be competent in the 
acquisition and analysis of intracranial electrophysiological 
single-unit and local field potential recordings. A dataset of >30 
patients with intracranial recordings during various memory tasks is 
already available. Additional recordings are on-going in Madrid and 
Zurich. The successful candidate will work on hippocampal responses to 
various types of salience, with an emphasis on hippocampal-cortical and 
hippocampal-amygdala coupling.

Position 2. The successful candidate will be expert in the acquisition 
and analysis of magnetoencephalography (MEG) recordings (the lab 
currently uses Fieldtrip primarily). Expertise in design and 
optimisation of cognitive tasks during MEG recordings is required. The 
successful candidate will lead the simultaneous acquisition of MEG and 
nucleus accumbens deep brain stimulation (DBS) in psychiatric patients 
using flexible head cast technology. Experience with EEG recordings is 
also desirable, as some DBS patients are also recorded from using a high 
density EEG system in the Hospital setting.

Required for the 2 positions:

A PhD in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, statistics, neurology, 
psychiatry, neuropsychology, or related field.
Fluent in English (written and spoken); Spanish is not required
Scripting languages (e.g. Matlab, Python, R)
Strong publication record

Desired for the 2 positions:

Knowledge of the basic and clinical neuroscience of learning, memory, 
emotion and responses to novelty
Demonstrated ability to secure research funding
Enthusiasm for communicating scientific advances

General responsibilities applicable to both Research Associate 

Help mentor graduate students in the lab
Attend weekly lab meetings
Coordinate your data acquisition between the lab and different 
Hospitals, both within Spain and abroad (Germany and Switzerland). A 
project manager will assist you.
Present research findings at international conferences. Each position 
comes with a travel budget of 2000 euros per year for e.g. 2 European or 
1 Intercontinental trip per year.

Send CV, motivation letter, and contact details of three academic 
referees to RememberEx at ctb.upm.es for the attention of Prof. Bryan 

The deadline for applications is 31 December 2021. However, if you are 
interested in developing your post-doctoral career with us and would 
like to have an informal discussion with the PI and other lab members, 
please feel free to contact Bryan Strange (bryan.strange at upm.es).

Best wishes,
Bryan Strange


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