[pymvpa] [JOB] Postdoc position: representation of gustatory stimuli as primary rewards

Michael Hanke michael.hanke at gmail.com
Fri Dec 4 08:58:17 UTC 2015

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher who will be in
charge of a study on the representation of gustatory stimuli in the
context of visual perception of food and other cues, as well as their
hedonic and motivational potential. The study combines standard fMRI
acquisition procedures with custom gustatory stimulation sequences.

The project will be executed as a collaboration of the departments of
Biological Psychology (T. Noesselt) and Psychoinformatics (M. Hanke),
Institute of Psychology at the University of Magdeburg. It is embedded
in the DFG-funded collaborative research center on the "Neurobiology of
Motivated Behavior" (SFB 779; http://www.sfb779.de/en/index.html).  The
position is 100% FTE (E13 TV-L, with all benefits) and available for two
years, with the possibility to be extended for an additional two-year
period. This position offers an excellent opportunity to acquire
expertise for a wide range topics. This includes versatile fMRI data
acquisition techniques, analysis (statistical parametric mapping,
pattern classification), and experimental algorithms (e.g. functional
inter-subject alignment).

Magdeburg, one of Germany's leading imaging facilities, offers a rich
research landscape. Institutions, such as the Otto-von-Guericke-
University, the Leibniz-Institute for Neurobiology, and the German
Center for Neuro-Degenerative Diseases, contribute comprehensive
infrastructure for brain imaging research, such as a multitude of
research-dedicated MRI-scanners (Siemens 7 Tesla, fMRI-PET, Siemens
Trio, Verio, Skyra und Philips Achieva). The close collaboration of
research groups in Magdeburg offers many opportunities for interactions
within the SFB779.  The Institute of Psychology operates its own compute
cluster for data analysis.


- Master degree (or Diploma, or an equivalent degree) _and_ PhD in psychology,
  neuroscience, or a related field of science
- good publication record
- English language skills
- experience in planning, executing, and analysis of fMRI studies
- profound knowledge of (at least) one of the programming languages Python or
  Matlab – as well as the ability to demonstrate this knowledge in practice
- experience with scientific Python packages (e.g. SciPy, sklearn, Nipype,
  PyMVPA), and with the application of multivariate and machine
  learning algorithms is advantageous
- experience with gustatory stimulation is desirable

The University of Magdeburg is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information, please see the official job posting:

(German only)

or contact:

Michael Hanke
tel.:  +49 391 67-18481
email: michael.hanke at ovgu.de
www:   http://www.psychoinformatics.de

Interested candidates should send their applications including CV with
transcripts or degree certificates, publication list, and a brief
statement of research interests in a single file to:

  bewerbung at ovgu.de (cc: michael.hanke at ovgu.de)
  Reference: 263/2015

Application deadline is Dec 18 2015.

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