FUNDED POSTDOCTORAL POSITION – SIGNAL PROCESSING IN NEUROIMAGING GROUP

at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) www.bcbl.eu

  1. INFORMATION ABOUT THE POSITION
  • Position: Post-doctoral researcher
  • Researcher Profile: R2, Recognised Researcher (PhD holders or equivalent who are not yet fully independent) / R3, Established Researcher (Researchers who have developed a level of independence)
  • Number of vacancies: 1
  • Project: Open, within the Signal Processing in Neuroimaging
  • Location:  Spain > Donostia-San Sebastián
  • Research Field: Cognitive Neuroscience  > Neuroimaging
  • Type of contract/Duration of Contract: 2 years
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours per week: 35
  • Starting date: July 2023 (or sooner)

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (BCBL) in San Sebastián (Basque Country, Spain) is offering a 2-year funded Post-Doctoral opportunity. The Postdoctoral researcher will work on a research project within the Signal Processing in Neuroimaging group. We are developing new biomedical and signal processing and neuroimaging techniques to study brain function, structure and physiology, mainly using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).

Job description: The postdoctoral fellow will work on a research project on the development of a neuroimaging platform using fNIRS or fMRI for the rapid computation (i.e., on-the-fly or in real-time) of cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) maps. The project will involve: i) implementing methods for real-time physiological signal processing (end-tidal CO2, cardiac pulse, respiration), ii) developing pipelines for real-time preprocessing of fMRI and fNIRS data, iii) computing cerebrovascular reactivity maps from the preprocessed physiological and neuroimaging data (fMRI or fNIRS) based on current methods already developed in the group; and iv) creating an interface for the visualization of QA reports and CVR maps. The ideal candidate would have excellent programming skills using Python and/or Matlab and proven experience in the preprocessing and analysis of fMRI and/or fNIRS data. Of particular interest to the research group is the latest evolution of fNIRS towards wearable and high-density systems, hence familiarity with instruments and methods for diffuse optical tomography (DOT) are considered a plus. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience in real-time biomedical signal processing or neuroimaging applications (e.g., neurofeedback, brain-computer interfaces). In addition, the selected candidate will have the opportunity to develop original experiments under the supervision and guidance of the PIs, as well as participate in the supervision of undergraduate and doctoral students. The candidate must have excellent organization and communication skills to contribute towards the dissemination of the results at international scientific conferences (presentations/posters) and peer-reviewed journals.

BCBL operates in a state-of-the-art facility equipped with a 3T MRI scanner (Siemens Prisma), a 8 emitters x 12 detectors fNIRS system, and is in the process of acquiring an HD-DOT instrument.

PI and research group: The candidate will form part of the Signal Processing in Neuroimaging research group (https://www.bcbl.eu/en/research/research-groups/signal-processing-neuroimaging) led by Dr. César Caballero-Gaudes (c.caballero@bcbl.eu), who will be the main supervisor. In addition, the group has active collaborations on the topic of the project with other research groups of the BCBL and internationally.

 

  1. CANDIDATES’ PROFILE AND SELECTION CRITERIA

Required skills:

  • Applicants should have a Master and a PhD (or nearly completed) degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering (Signal Processing, Electronics, Telecommunications), Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, and/or related areas.
  • The applicants must demonstrate excellent communication skills in English.
  • Programming skills using Python and/or Matlab libraries.
  • Machine learning and computational modelling knowledge.

 

Desirable skills:

  • Neuroimaging experience with fNIRS (preferably for high-density DOT applications) or fMRI.
  • Experience with real-time neuroimaging applications (neurofeedback, BCI)
  • Experience in the design of web-based visualization tools (HTML, Javascript, REACT).

 

  1. WORKING CONDITIONS

Salary: Gross salary € 28.000 - € 30.000 

Entitlements and other benefits: https://www.bcbl.eu/en/join-us/what-is-like-to-work-bcbl

Training opportunities and Career development plan:

Researchers at any stage of their career, regardless of their contractual situation, are given an opportunity for professional development and for improving their employability through access to a Personal Career Development Plan which includes:

(1) Training through individually personalized research projects under senior supervision

(2) Exchanging knowledge with the scientific community and the general public

(3) Network-wide training in theory and methods

(4) Complementary training courses

(5) Involvement in proposal writing, task coordination

(6) Development of skills for the organization of training and scientific events

 

  1. OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION

Language policy

  • The working language at the center is English.
  • The center offers initial level Spanish and Basque lessons to all new staff members.
  • The interview will be conducted in English

 

  1. APPLICATION PROCESS

Submission of the application and documentation:

To submit your application, please follow this link  applying for “Postdoc_IKUR_2023_SPIN” and attach the following documentation:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A statement outlining research interests and motivation to apply for the position
  • Two letters of recommendation

The application deadline is March 1st 2023. Interviews with selected candidates are expected to take place between the 6 and the 10 of March.

Contact details for enquiries: hr@bcbl.eu