Friday, April 22, 2016

Post-doc & doc opportunities with Jeffrey Bowers and Colin Davis at the University of Bristol, UK

A postdoctoral Research Associate (Post-Doc) and PhD. student are required for the Leverhulme Trust-funded project entitled “When and Why Do Neural Networks Learn Selective Codes?”. In this project we aim to characterise the tasks and conditions in which a range of neural networks, including popular “deep networks”, learn highly selective representations. To this end we will train networks on various tasks and then carry out analyses of the hidden units to determine the nature of the learned representations. The results of these simulations will provide clues as to why neurons in brains often respond in a highly selective manner.  You woud be working with Jeffrey Bowers and Colin Davis at the University of Bristol, UK. Neither the post-doc nor PhD student needs to be from the EU, but the PhD post only pays for EU fees (plus a stipend).  For more information see:

Friday, April 15, 2016

Post-Doctoral Position at Georgetown University Medical Center

The Cognitive Recovery Lab, directed by Dr. Peter Turkeltaub, invites applications for a two-year NIH-funded post-doctoral position to start in July 2016 in collaboration with Dr. Catherine Stoodley at American University. The post-doc will be responsible for collecting and analyzing behavioral and multimodal MRI data (fMRI, DTI, functional connectivity, VBM, lesion-symptom mapping) for an investigation of the use of cerebellar tDCS in post-stroke aphasia. The post-doc will also design additional imaging studies on normal subjects and individuals with aphasia due to stroke or traumatic brain injury.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Neuropsychology, or related field; experience designing fMRI experiments and conducting advanced MRI analysis; and a track record of research productivity. Preference will be given for individuals with experience conducting MRI research involving people with stroke or brain injury.

The Cognitive Recovery Lab operates across Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. We aim to improve the lives of people with cognitive and language difficulties by expanding our understanding of (1) how the brain performs language and cognitive functions, (2) how these brain systems change in the face of injury or dysfunction, and (3) how we can improve recovery. To achieve these aims we perform a range of human subjects research from basic cognitive neuroscience through clinical trials. We use a variety of methods, including behavioral studies, lesion studies in people with stroke, multimodal MRI, tDCS, tDCS/fMRI, TMS, and TMS/EEG. Dr. Stoodley is affiliated with the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at American University and the Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience program (PhD program). Dr. Stoodley’s Developmental Neuroscience Lab investigates the role of the human cerebellum in cognition and cognitive development, employing clinical studies, structural and functional neuroimaging, neuromodulation, and combined neuromodulation/neuroimaging.

Please send applications to and Send a cover letter with a statement of interest, CV, writing sample, and the names and email addresses of three professional references.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Post Bac position available at Duke University

We are looking for a highly motivated recent graduate (BS, BA) to gain research experience in the lab of Prof. Tobias Overath ( at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. Work in the lab investigates how sounds, from simple sinusoids to complex speech signals, are processed in the human brain via a combination of behavioral (psychoacoustics) and neuroimaging methods (fMRI, EEG).

The ideal candidate will have received an undergraduate degree in psychology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or a related field, by summer 2016, and will have some familiarity with fMRI, M/EEG, ECoG, and/or other experimental techniques. An interest in how the brain processes sound is a strong plus, as is high proficiency in at least one programming language (preferably Matlab).

The main duties of the position include being involved in the research conducted in the lab; this includes experimental design and analysis, acquiring data, writing scientific papers for publication, and participating in other lab activities. The position is intended as a stepping-stone towards graduate work in neuroscience or a related field, thus we are looking for a candidate who is conscientious and dependable as well as highly self-motivated and pro-active.

Duke University is a vibrant and highly interdisciplinary place for research, with collaborations facilitated via the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, as well as the departments of Psychology and Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Psychiatry, Biomedical Engineering, and Statistics. The Duke UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center (BIAC) has two dedicated research MRI scanners (GE 3T), and our lab has a BrainVision 64-channel ActiChamp EEG system.

The position is available for a two-year period starting this Summer or Fall 2016. Salary will be $29,000-31,000 p.a. (depending on experience), plus benefits.

To initiate an application for the position, please email the PI Tobias Overath ( by April 15, 2016 (later applications will also be considered if the position is not filled), including the following documents: (1) a brief statement about yourself and why you are interested in the position, (2) a resume that includes brief descriptions of past research experiences, programming knowledge, relevant courses and grades, and (3) the names and email addresses of at least 2 references who could be contacted.