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PhD STUDENT POSITION in Data Analysis for Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging in a collaborative project between the Basque Center of  Applied Mathematics (BCAM) and  the Basque Center on Brain Cognition and  Language (BCBL) in Spain.  

Applications are invited for a 4-year full-time multidisciplinar PhD Studentship in a collaborative project between the BCAM and  the BCBL.  

The focus will be on refinement and development of multivariate pattern analyses techniques and machine learning classification approaches to study human brain function using fMRI data from different cognitive tasks involving multi-class semantic categorization and learning of statistical regularities and the associated  timecourses. Applicants should have an honours and a Masters degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering or another relevant area, and have a strong interest in brain and cognitive sciences.

Strong computational skills (preferable R and Python) are fundamental. Experience with functional MRI is not a requirement but the candidate should demonstrate the willingness to learn it.

Applications must be submitted on-line at: http://www.bcamath.org/en/research/job

Deadline: May 30th, 2017 15:00 CET (UTC+1).

For more information please contact Jose A. Lozano (jlozano@bcamath.es) or David Soto (d.soto@bcbl.eu).

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RESEARCH FELLOW POSITION at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) www.bcbl.eu (Center of excellence Severo Ochoa)

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) offers research fellow positions in three main broad areas or research:

(1)-Language, reading and developmental disorders: How language acquisition, comprehension, production, and reading take place in the human brain. Special attention will be paid to language disorders and the development of computerized tools for their early diagnosis and treatment.

(2)-Multilingualism and second language learning: The cognitive and brain mechanisms of language acquisition and processing in a second language, taking into consideration the age of acquisition, proficiency and usage. Special attention will be paid to multilingualism within the school system and to the development of new educational technologies for second language learning.

(3)- Neurodegeneration, brain damage and healthy aging: Language and Cognition: Early cognitive and brain markers related to language for neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer, Parkinson); neural plasticity and language functions through brain stimulation in the awake patient during surgical brain operations; developing of computerized diagnostic and training tools for aphasic patients and neurodegenerative diseases.

The Center promotes a rich research environment without substantial teaching obligations. It provides access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla MRI, a whole-head MEG system, four ERP labs, a NIRS lab, a baby lab including an eyetracker, two eyetracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs.  There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students).

We are looking for cognitive neuroscientists or experimental psychologists with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas, computational modelers, and physicists and/or engineers with fMRI/MEG expertise.

These five year Fellowships are directed to promising young researchers; they are intended to offer a track towards a PI role and independent research. The selected Fellows should be able to acquire the necessary skills for a research leader role. Ikerbasque is committed to offer a long-term career to the research community.

The applicants must have their PhD completed between 1/1/2006 and 31/12/2014.

Applications from women are especially welcomed. The eligibility period will be extended under special circumstances such as maternity.

To submit your application please follow this link: http://calls.ikerbasque.net/call_rf_2017_apply

Deadline: March 30th, 2017.

For further information about the fellowships, please contact the Director of BCBL, Manuel Carreiras (info@bcbl.eu)

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) www.bcbl.eu  (Center of excellence Severo Ochoa)

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) offers a Postdoctoral position in Cognitive Neuroscience. The main project will focus on the oscillatory correlates of predictive processing with a special focus on neural entrainment phenomena. The successful candidate will be working within the research lines of the Proactive group whose main aim is to develop high-risk/high gain projects at the frontiers of neurocognitive science. The project is based upon a set of MEG experiments that will be designed to unveil the neural mechanism supporting predictive coding and predictive timing across sensory modalities and cognitive domains. The long-term goal is to evaluate the role that such predictive skills play for developmental disorders (such as dyslexia or SLI).

The BCBL Center (recently awarded the label of excellence Severo Ochoa) promotes a vibrant research environment without substantial teaching obligations. It provides access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla MRI, a whole-head MEG system, four ERP labs, a NIRS lab, a baby lab including an eyetracker, two eyetracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs. There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students). The positions have a term of appointment of 2 years with a possible renewal.We are looking for cognitive neuroscientists, computational modelers, physicists or engineers with EEG/MEG expertise.

Candidates should have a convincing publication track record and familiarity with computing tools (Python/Matlab).

Deadline: March 31st, 2017.

We encourage immediate applications as the selection process will be ongoing and the appointment may be made before the deadline.

To submit your application please follow this link: http://www.bcbl.eu/calls, applying for Postdoc MEG 2016 Proactive and upload:

1. Your curriculum vitae.
2. A cover letter/statement describing your research interests (4000 characters maximum)
3. The names of two referees who would be willing to write letters of recommendation

For information about the positions, please contact Nicola Molinaro (n.molinaro@bcbl.eu).

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) focused on neurocomputational basis of language learning and statistical learning, as part of ERC-funded research project (PI: Ram Frost).

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers studying the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying statistical learning and language learning from behavioural, EEG, MEG, and computational perspectives.  Work undertaken related to this position will contribute to integrating these different perspectives in an explicit neurocomputational framework.  

Candidates with prior training in the computational modeling of psychological and neural processes are encouraged to apply; candidates with prior training in neural network (connectionist / parallel distributed processing) are particularly encouraged to apply.  Applicants able to demonstrate such computational expertise will be considered from the cognitive sciences, broadly construed, including psychology, computational linguistics, computational neuroscience, computer science, machine learning, and cognitive science.  

In addition to strong computational skills, the successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of independence, and a strong publication record.  As part of a broader ERC-funded statistical learning research program, the candidate will also have the opportunity to interact with and (if desired) complete research stays at related research groups at the BCBL, the Hebrew University, and the University of Toronto, so as to better integrate the computational models with related behavioural and neural data.  

 Deadline: March 15th, 2017.

 To submit your application please follow this link: http://www.bcbl.eu/calls, applying for Computational Postdoc 2016 and upload:

1. A curriculum vitae.
2. A cover letter/statement describing your research interests (4000 characters max).
3. Two reference letters submitted directly by the referees through the outline system.
 
For more information about the specifics of the position, please contact Ram Frost (ram.frost@mail.huji.ac.il) and for broader information about the BCBL please contact Manuel Carreiras (info@bcbl.eu)