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[Met-jobs] Interdisciplinary post-doctoral position in cognitive neuroscience

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Date Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:21:04 +0100

Brain-behavior forecasting: Neural antecedents of spontaneous self-initiated movement and the forecasting of behavior based on brain activity
Interdisciplinary post-doctoral position in cognitive neuroscience
Starting date: Fall 2017 (or Spring 2018 latest)
Duration: 2 years (renewable for one additional year)

The French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) invites applications for a post-doctoral position in the Cognitive Neuroimaging Group, at the NeuroSpin Research Center near Paris, France, as part of the research team of Dr. Aaron Schurger. The Schurger lab focuses on understanding how decisions are made and actions initiated spontaneously, without an external sensory cue, and how time series of neural activity (now) can be used to forecast behavior (seconds or minutes from now). We pursue this research using a combination of behavioral experiments, neuroimaging, computational modeling, time-series analyses, and machine learning techniques.

We are particularly interested in attracting applicants from meteorology, macroeconomics, machine learning, statistics and other disciplines that involve a mastery of time series analysis, statistical learning, forecasting, and/or forecast verification. Applicants should have a obtained a PhD in a relevant discipline prior to the starting date.

Essential skills (strong):
computer programming (MatLab, Python, C, C++),
signal processing,

Must have skills in two or more of the following areas:
computational, mathematical, and/or neural network modeling,
statistical learning / machine learning / mutivariate pattern classification,
time series analysis,
dynamical systems theory,
scale-free dynamics,
forecasting / forecast verification
Bayesian statistics
estimation of the Hurst (1/f) exponent from time series data

Resources available at NeuroSpin include Siemens 3T and 7T MRI scanners; high-density EEG (EGI Inc.); Elekta NeuroMag 306-channel MEG (allowing for the simultaneous recording of EEG); eye tracking (available for MRI, MEG, and behavioral experiments); an in-house team of experts in signal processing and statistical learning; a dedicated staff handling subject recruitment, scheduling, and payment; various Nespresso devices; and proximity to Paris.

Applicants should send a CV, letter of motivation (max 2 pages), and a list of three references via e-mail to Review of applicants will begin on the 15th of May 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

The NeuroSpin Research Center is located on the campus of the CEA-Saclay, near Orsay, about 18 km southwest of Paris. For more information on the NeuroSpin Research Center and the Cognitive Neuroimaging Group:

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