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Doctoral Candidates in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience

1 month ago | Closing on Nov 01
Aalto University
Doctoral Candidates in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience
Aalto University
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Published: 1 month ago
Application deadline: Nov 01
Location: Espoo, Finland
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Doctoral Candidates in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Doctoral Candidates in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience

We are now looking for two (2) highly motivated Doctoral students to work in exciting projects within the field of brain imaging and cognitive neuroscience. Up to two fully-funded doctoral candidate positions are open in the Imaging Language group headed by prof. Riitta Salmelin at the Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical engineering (http://nbe.aalto.fi/en/groups/imaging_language/). The group has pioneered the use of MEG in studying language processing in the brain, and today employs multiple brain imaging modalities to gain insight into how language function is neurally organized and how the different imaging methods can be best used to probe that organization.

The positions are full time for 4 years, and subject to successful mid-term evaluation after the second year. The topics of the positions include (1) multimodal brain imaging and (2) individual differences in processing language and semantics.

Qualifications

Both candidates are expected to have a Master’s degree in engineering, computational science, cognitive science, psychology or a related field. The research environment is multilingual so a good command of both written and spoken English is a necessity.  Previous experience in scripting/programming (e.g. Matlab, Python, R) is considered an asset. We announce two separate PhD positions, but the candidates are encouraged to participate in and work together on both projects. Both candidates are expected to take part in all steps of the research, from experimental design and data collection to advanced analysis of the data and interpretation of the findings.

Position 1: The candidate will work together with Dr. Mia Liljeström on multimodal brain imaging, combining MEG with structural and functional MRI data. The suitable candidate has a background in computational science, machine learning, biomedical engineering, bioinformatics, or a related field, and has a strong interest in cognitive neuroscience. The candidate is expected to take part in designing multimodal imaging experiments, collecting MEG and MRI data, and in developing data fusion approaches for merging different imaging modalities.

Position 2: The candidate will work together with Dr. Sasa Kivisaari on the individual differences in representing meaningful information in the brain. The candidate is expected to have a keen interest in cognitive neuroscience. Previous experience in machine learning and/or solid programming skills are considered an asset. The candidate is expected to transform cognitive neuroscientific questions into neuroimaging experiments and find solutions to those questions using the best and most appropriate data analysis tools.

Salary and Contract terms

The salary for the position starts at 2 448 EUR and follows the university salary system. In addition to the salary, the contract includes occupational health benefits, and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. The annual total workload of Academic staff at Aalto University is 1 624 hours. The position is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus.

How to Apply

To apply for a position, please submit your application through Aalto University`s electronic recruitment system SAIMA (link “Apply for this job” below). Kindly indicate in your application to which position you are primarily applying (see descriptions above).

Please provide the following application materials with us as a single PDF file containing the information listed below (all documents in English).

  • Letter of motivation (max. one page)
  • CV
  • Transcripts of records and diploma certificate
  • Contact details of possible referees

The deadline for the application is the 1st of November 2018, but each position may be  filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

For more information

For further information, please contact Riitta Salmelin, Sasa Kivisaari or Mia Liljeström. firstname.lastname@aalto.fi

The application materials will not be returned. Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period. The selection process will respect gender equality.

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