[pymvpa] PhD position/Germany: systems neuroscience + neuroimaging + machine-learning

Danilo Bzdok danilobzdok at gmail.com
Thu Feb 23 05:53:14 UTC 2017

The Department of Psychiatry, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, is offering
a PhD position for 3 years in a DFG-funded project entitled:

        “Investigating the right and left temporo-parietal junction by
system plasticity after induced lesions”

In an innovative combination of experimental and computational approaches,
we will investigate the poorly understood difference between the left and
right temporo-parietal junctions with its functional relation to the
default mode network across a diverse set of psychological tasks. We will
capitalize on data-driven methods that learn network patterns caused by
temporary functional disruption of specific regions with a minimum of
a-priori assumptions. The project is a joint endeavor between the
Department of Neuropsychology at the MPI-CBS Leipzig (Dr. Gesa Hartwigsen)
and the Department of Psychiatry of the RWTH Aachen University.

What you would work on: You will learn and employ different
machine-learning methods to address the functional relevance of the
temporo-parietal junction across different domains. Plasticity-inducing TMS
will be combined with functional neuroimaging to investigate short-term
reorganization and changes in effective connectivity in different cognitive

What we expect: The candidate must hold a master’s degree (or equivalent)
in computer science, neuroscience, or a related field. She / he is expected
to be a talented, enthusiastic, willing-to-learn researcher. The ideal
candidate will have a profound background in experimental psychology, solid
programming skills, and experience in acquisition and analysis of
neuroscientific or behavioural data.

What we provide: The experiments will be conducted at the MPI-CBS in
Leipzig, Germany, an internationally leading center for cognitive and
imaging neuroscience equipped with a 7.0 T MRI scanner, several 3.0 T MRI
scanners, a 306-channels MEG system, several TMS laboratories, tDCS, and
several EEG systems. All facilities and data analysis are supported by
experienced IT and physics staff. PhD students will have the possibility to
benefit from the International Research Training Group IRTG2150. The PhD
student will be integrated in an international and interdisciplinary team
under the direct supervision of Danilo Bzdok.

Starting date is May 1st, 2017 or later. Payment will correspond to salary
grade 13/2 of the German Collective Bargaining Agreement for the Civil
Services (65% TVL-13, http://bit.ly/1Rf8TjY). The RWTH Aachen is an equal
opportunity employer, and international applicants are encouraged.
Applications with the subject heading ‘PhD 05-17’ should be sent to:
danilo(dot)bzdok(at)rwth-aachen(dot).de. The deadline for application
submission is April 30th, 2017.

The application should include the following documents (in a single
·       Cover letter describing personal qualifications and research
·       Curriculum vitae
·       Contact details of two personal references

For further details, please contact:
Prof. Danilo Bzdok, MD, PhD
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