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Employment Contract for PhD Holder (Neuropsychiatry Unit and Shemesh Lab)

  1. Date: 7.11.2018
  2. Location: Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon, Portugal
  3. Employer: Champalimaud Foundation throught FCT funds
  4. Job type: Full Time
  5. Position: Postdoctoral Positions
  6. Application start: 7.11.2018             Application ends: 22.11.2018

  7. Champalimaud Foundation is opening a call for a post-doctoral researcher.
    Eligible candidates must hold a PhD or Doctorate degree and will be offered an employment contract with unknown term, within the scope of the research project titled “Reinforcement learning and obsessive-compulsive disorder: exploring the role of the orbitofrontal cortex” (NEUROCOMP) – LISBOA-01-0145-FEDER-030302 from the call Nº 02/SAICT/2017, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), through the Lisbon Regional Operational Programme and by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), through Portuguese National Funds (PIDDAC).

    The employment contract is to be entered into by and between the Champalimaud Foundation and starting within no more than 120 business days after this call closing date.

    The candidate will participate in a research project that will harness state-of-the-art MRI (including fMRI, diffusion MRI and other more advanced techniques) to explore the role of the orbitofrontal cortex in reinforcement learning, both in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder and in healthy subjects. The candidate will be particularly involved in fMRI experiments, where blood-oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging will be collected while subjects perform a reinforcement learning task that has been developed in our lab and adapted for use in an MRI setting. The candidate is expected to:
    (1) define and implement all the technical specifications related to MRI methods and MRI data analysis required for such experiments;
    (2) execute the experiments independently using MRI equipment;
    (3) adequately process the collected data for subsequent analysis and actively participate in this analysis; and
    (4) collaborate actively and engage in all scientific activities related to this project.

    Any national, foreign or stateless candidate(s) holding a PhD degree.

    Minimum Requirements:
    • PhD in Neuroscience, Medicine, Bioengineering, Cognitive Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology, Biomedical Engineering or other research areas relevant to the use of functional MRI in the study of human behaviour
    • Technical skills to autonomously operate fMRI equipment with human subjects
    • Technical and practical knowledge of how to process and analyse fMRI data
    • Research or clinical hands-on experience of fMRI use in human subjects
    • Good communication skills and ability to easily integrate in a multidisciplinary research team
    • Ability to work and learn independently and good critical judgement capacity
    • Fluent English speaker and writer

    Preferential Factors:
    • Experience with computer programming (e.g. C, Python, Matlab) ideally in the context of data analysis
    The monthly remuneration to be attributed is the 33rd level of the single remuneration table (TRU), approved by Portaria nº 1553-C/2008, of December 31st, starting at a base salary of 2,128.34 Euros.

    The jury is composed by:
    • Chair: Bernardo Barahona-Corrêa, MD, PhD
    • Member: Noam Shemesh, PhD
    • Member: Albino Oliveira-Maia, MD, MPH, PhD


    To apply candidates must submit a single document (paper or PDF file) that contains a motivation letter and the Curriculum Vitae, both written in English, collectively not exceeding 4 pages.

    Email applications must be addressed to careers@research.fchampalimaud.org and include “NeuroComp Your Last Name” in the subject line.
    Paper applications must be handed at the Main Lobby Reception Desk of the Champalimaud Foundation in a closed envelope addressed to the HR&Fellows Office and identified with the abovementioned reference. Please include an email address at which to be contacted regarding your application.

    For further details about this call please visit EraCareers

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