Job Postings 2019

By Gemma Bale, Maria Beketskaia, Jeff Dunn and Stacey Ladieu.

The list is in reverse ordering to posting publication (to our knowledge) with more recent atop. If you know of any other job opportunity that you think it should be announced here, or you want an ammendment to be made to one of the posting, please do contact us with the event information so that we can be more comprehensive. Please note that we cannot guarantee that this offers are still open. For future issues, we encourage you to announce events in our Facebook group or in Tweeter using the hashtag #fNIRSjob .

Post-doctoral position in functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and EEG for neuro-cognitive development in infants

  • Posted by: Turgut Durduran
  • Posting date: Dec 19, 2019
  • Where: The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Spain
  • More information at: http://jobs.icfo.eu/?detail=469

The Medical Optics research group led by Prof. Turgut Durduran at ICFO, in collaboration with
the Speech Acquisition and Perception group led by Prof. Nuria Sebastian Galles at UPF-Pompeu Fabra University, both in Barcelona (Spain), are looking for a highly motivated
postdoctoral fellow to work in a multi-disciplinary project to study neuro-cognitive
development in infants using functional near-infrared & diffusion correlation (fNIRS & fDCS)
spectroscopies coupled with EEG recording.
This project is part of an on-going collaboration to utilize a newly developed fNIRS and fDCS
system alongside EEG to study speech acquisition and perception in infants. We are carrying
out studies in advanced protocols while developing new probes, new instrumentation and
analysis routines for the fNIRS and fDCS data.

post doc position on fNIRS analysis at Nebraska University

  • Posted by: Jorge Zuniga
  • Posting date: Dec 15, 2019
  • Where: University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • More information at: JMZUNIGA@UNOMAHA.EDU

The Department of Biomechanics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha has a new post doc position (fNIRS analysis).
IF YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT ME AT JMZUNIGA@UNOMAHA.EDU
The main duties of this position are to provide research and administrative support, perform experiments, set up laboratory equipment, data collection, statistical analyses, and implement and analyze Matlab-based signal-processing methods for Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy signal.

Open PhD thesis position (ESR 4): Investigating audio-tactile brain plasticity using fNIRS in children using cochlear implants

RESEARCH FIELD: Cognitive Hearing Science
SUPERVISION: Hamish INNES-BROWN, Søren Kamaric RIIS, Andrej KRAL
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15th, 2020
Host Institution: Eriksholm Research Centre / Oticon, Denmark
Doctoral School: Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany
Envisioned start and duration: The funding will cover the 3 years of a PhD and start any time in 2020 between June and December.
Job description: This position offers the exciting potential to complete a PhD at an industrial research centre as part of a large EU-funded Innovative Training Network. As part of this project you will use fNIRS (a light-based functional brain imaging technique) to investigate how the brains of cochlear implant users adapt to auditory-tactile stimulation, and how the strength and speed of this adaptation relate to speech understanding outcomes.
This position is a part of the multi-laboratory project Comm4CHILD, funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 860755.
Requested expertise: You should have a scientific mindset, be driven by a desire to understand complex systems, and have a background in cognitive psychology, audiology or cognitive hearing science. Candidates with a biomedical or electrical and electronic engineering background will also be considered. You should be proficient with cognitive/audiology laboratory testing paradigms and software (e.g. Matlab, R). Knowledge or experience using fNIRS, fMRI, or EEG would be an advantage.
Eligibility criteria: Applicants must hold a Master degree or have a university degree equivalent to a European Master’s (5-year duration) at the time when the PhD contract will begin. At the time of recruitment, you must not already hold a doctorate degree and must be within the first four years of your research career (measured from the date of obtaining the degree which entitles you to embark on PhD studies); You must not have resided or carried out their main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the country where you have been recruited (Denmark) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. This excludes short stays such as holidays

Applications: You should submit

  1. A cover letter describing your background, research experiences, interests, and goals
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. At least one letter of recommendation from a previous research supervisor
  4. A copy of diploma to HAIN@eriksholm.com (PhD supervisor). Please, mention that you are applying to the “DOCTORAL position Comm4CHILD” in the email subject.

Scientific description: For people who use cochlear implants, even moderate noise or acoustic scenes with multiple talkers can severely degrade speech understanding. When children with cochlear implants are integrated in schools for normally-hearing children, the negative effect of noise on learning as well as on social integration is a serious concern. Recent evidence suggests that adding a wristband which provides vibrotactile input can substantially improve speech understanding in noise as well as appreciation of acoustically complex signals like music. The objective of this project is to investigate impact of cross-modal plasticity across somatosensory and auditory brain areas on listening performance in complex acoustic scenes (speech in noise, multi-talker, music) as well as on learning and language development for children using cochlear implants. In the study, a group of children fitted with cochlear implants will be equipped with a take-home vibrotactile wristband device delivering key acoustic cues.
During and after a training period of up to three months, this group will be evaluated against a control group of children with cochlear implants without vibrotactile input. A vibro-tactile input device design from Univ. Southampton is available for the project. Speech outcome and music
appreciation measures will be employed along with fNIRS brain imaging techniques for studying cross-modal plasticity across auditory and somatosensory areas before and after the training period. Furthermore, brain networks related to language processing and listening effort will be studied with fNIRS in the two groups. The outcomes of the project will be an increased understanding of how vibrotactile inputs can drive brain plasticity, and how this plasticity might be related to success in understanding speech.
Contact details for more information: Hamish Innes-Brown

PhD student or postdoc

The University of Potsdam (Faculty of Human Sciences) invites applications for a 28-month position (salary according to 65% TV-L E13, starting from beginning of 2020). The position is allocated to the Research Unit „Crossing the Borders: The Interplay of Language, Cognition, and the Brain in Early Human Development“ funded by the DFG (FOR 2253) in Project P1 “From associative to controlled learning of non-adjacent dependencies – brain function and structure”. The Research Unit investigates the interactions of language, cognition, social cognition, and their neuro-cognitive underpinnings in human development during the first years of life. The projects follow an interdisciplinary approach combining research perspectives from linguistics and psychology (https://crossing-project.de/).
Requirements:

  • Excellent university degree in Linguistics, Psychology or related fields (Diploma, M.Sc.)
  • Interest in the research topic (learning of non-adjacent dependencies)
  • Experience with the application of near-infrared-spectroscopy (NIRS) (and/or EEG, eye-tracking, behavioural tasks) in young children
  • Experience in testing young children/toddlers
  • Experience in experimental design and programming
  • Very good knowledge and skills in statistics

The position is now open. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should include the following documents:

  • full CV with a list of publications and presentations,
  • a short motivation letter,
  • copies of diplomas or certificates, and
  • names, affiliations and E-mail-addresses of two academics who are willing to provide reference letters.

Applications (in English or German) should be sent as a single pdf-file to isabell (dot) wartenburger (at) uni-potsdam (dot) de with the subject “Application NIRS position”.

Postdoctoral positions available at the University of Cambridge.

One position is funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, awarded to Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox, which aims to identify robust biomarkers of age-dependent brain and cognitive function from birth onwards in relation to early exposure to poverty. Building on this initial phase the fellowship will extend to develop, conduct and assess the efficacy of a positive parenting intervention with families during pregnancy through to 6 months of life. The other position is funded by an MRC programme grant to Professor Mark Johnson, and will focus on the effects on brain function of birth, by tracing individual differences in behavior from the 3rd trimester fetus to the first few months of postnatal life. The two research associates (or assistants) will work synergistically as part of a team.

This posts are focused on (i) the optimisation of a fNIRS neuroimaging toolkit for home-friendly environments, (ii) the design, recruitment and conduct of a longitudinal prospective behavioural and functional neuroimaging study, (iii) integration of postnatal measures with prenatal ultrasound, and (iii) data analysis and preparation of results for publication.

Postdoc position –the role of neuropeptides in social behavior: coupling behavioral economics with pharmacological imaging (Chengdu, China)

  • Posted by: Benjamin Becker
  • Posting date: Oct 14, 2019
  • Where: University of Science and Technology of China
  • More information at: www.neuscan.net

Increasing evidence suggests a role of neuropeptides including oxytocin, vasopressin and angiotensin in molding human social behavior. The multifaceted role of these neuropeptides on complex social interactions can best be elucidated by employing a cross disciplinary approach.  To this end we (Prof. Richard P. Ebstein and Prof. Benjamin Becker) intend to combine incentivized behavioral paradigms from behavioral economics with pharmacoimaging, including fMRI, as well as combined near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and EEG in social interaction contexts. 

The successful applicant will take the leading role in our joint projects taking advantage of our strong expertise in behavioral economics (Richard P. Ebstein) and pharmacoimaging (Benjamin Becker) with our previous work on the role of neuropeptides in social and emotional behavior. The successful applicant will closely work together with both group that are based respectively at the University of Science and Technology of China (UESTC, Becker) and the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE Ebstein). The successful applicant will be enrolled in the post-doctoral program of the UESTC with an initial contract for 24 months. 

Research platform the group at the UESTC has access to 3T MRI (GE 750), including MRI-compatible psychophysiological (biopac) and eye-tracking (eyelink) equipment, and NIRS systems (NIRX; 64 channels) and EEG systems (64, 128 channels) TMS and molecular genetic platforms are established and available. The lab has excellent domestic and international collaborations to facilitate scientific exchange and training and strong previous experience in pharmacological studies including modulation of the oxytocin, vasopressin and angiotensin system. Details see also our lab webpage www.neuscan.net

For our previous research see also 

Applicants should have a PhD in Neuroscience, Psychology, or Economics with experience in Behavioral Economics or related fields. Applicants should have a strong background in experimental design, and / or neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, particularly fNIR expertise is an advantage) and / or computational modelling. The successful applicant will receive strong support and will be integrated in our established domestic & international collaborations. We encourage and foster the development of an independent research track and especially promote new ideas and applications for domestic & international research funds. 

The position Depending on the previous experience of the applicant a postdoc position (initially contracted for two years) salary will be negotiated with respect to previous experience. 

 To apply send a curriculum vitae, statement describing research interests and relevant background, two letters of recommendation (alternatively two contacts willing to provide a recommendation), as well as relevant reprints/preprints of research articles as single pdf file to:  

All application received by December 15th, 2019 will be considered. For informal inquiries & questions please feel free to contact me using the same mail contacts. 

Looking forward to your applications, 

Richard & Ben

Research Fellow Positions

A new Post Doc positions is open in Dr Franceschini’s Lab to develop next generation NIRS-DCS devices.

We invite enthusiastic individuals with a PhD in Electrical Engineering or related fields with a strong background in optoelectronics, including micro controllers, embedded system design, SPAD detectors, digital electronics and signal processing. Also required programming experience in C, C++, Python, LabView, FPGA programming and Matlab. This is a one-year renewable term appointment, expected to start end of 2019 beginning of 2020.

If interested, please include the following in your application:

  • A cover letter;
  • CV summarizing all relevant academic, professional, and other achievements, experience, skills and knowledge. Including a publication list;
  • Names of three referees.

For enquiries please email to mfranceschini at mgh.harvard.edu

Software Developer/ Computer Engineer Position

We are looking for a skilled Software Developer or Computer Engineer to develop software for our novel NIRS and DCS tissue monitoring medical devices. The Computer Programmer’s duties will include developing in-house software, as well as identifying and fixing defects, adapt it to new hardware, improve its performance or upgrade interfaces, do embedded programming (microcontrollers and FPGAs), supporting data architecture and data analysis. You will also be involved in directing system testing and validation procedures. Prior experience with .NET Framework and Cypress FX3 USB controllers is a plus.

The ideal candidate for this role must possess superior coding skills, good task management, superior problem solving and critical thinking skills, and communication skills to meet the users demands. To be successful in this role, you will need extensive knowledge of programming languages and the software development life-cycle. A Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or related degree is required.

Responsibilities:

  • Building software-hardware interfaces and graphical user interfaces
  • Modifying software to fix errors, adapt it to new hardware, improve its performance, or upgrade interfaces.
  • Directing system testing and validation procedures.
  • Directing software programming and documentation development.
  • Profiling and analyzing algorithms.

Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or another related field.
  • Must be a full-stack developer and understand concepts of software engineering.
  • Excellent coding skills.
  • Hands-on programming experience using relevant languages: C, C++, C#, Python (Do we need Python?), LabView, and Matlab
  • Hands-on experience with embedded devices – microcontrollers, USB controllers, and FPGAs Ability to develop unit testing of code components or complete applications.
  • Experience working on a variety of software development projects.
  • The desire to work in fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to multi-task and to handle multiple projects
  • Strong aptitude for math.
  • Creative problem-solving skills.
  • Aptitude for learning new technology.
  • Ability to interface with scientists, engineering and clinicians
  • Good verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

If interested, please include the following in your application:

  • A cover letter;
  • CV summarizing all relevant academic, professional, and other achievements, experience, skills and knowledge (including a publication list if any)
  • Names of three referees.

For enquiries please email to mfranceschini at mgh.harvard.edu

Permanent Senior Research Laboratory Developer

The Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development (CBCD) is building a unique research facility within the new Wohl/Wolfson ToddlerLab. The Wellcome-funded Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE) will enable developmental changes in children’s brains, behaviours, and cognition to be studied in naturally contingent audiovisual virtual environments. The facility will incorporate cutting-edge wearable monitoring systems including psychophysiology, eye tracking, brain activity monitoring systems (EEG, fNIRS) and motion-capture synchronised to the VR environment.
You will be responsible for the effective development, management and operation of purpose built multi-method real and virtual (CAVE) developmental laboratory facilities within the CBCD (www.cbcd.bbk.ac.uk); providing a high quality technical service that proactively supports and contributes to research excellence; undertaking research for pilot projects leading to grant applications and project work leading to publications. You will be responsible for developing 3D content for the CAVE and coordinating different remote sensing technologies monitoring toddler behaviours and brain activity within the CAVE environment. You will work collaboratively as part of the research team to provide training support and cover across CBCD for research laboratory facilities for academics students and other service users.
Birkbeck’s CBCD incorporates a group of researchers studying brain and psychological development in typically and atypically developing babies toddlers and children using behavioural testing motion capture eye-tracking and brain imaging methods (eg. EEG fNIRS). The Centre currently involves some sixty people formed of several internationally recognised teams interacting in a friendly working environment.

Remuneration: Grade 8 of the College’s London Pay Scale which is £44515 rising incrementally to £53854 per annum.
The salary quoted is on the College’s London Pay Scale which includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area.

Enquiries: If you would like to know more about the role please contact Dr Tim Smith (tj.smith@bbk.ac.uk)
While we are happy to respond to all informal enquiries only formal applications through the online system will be considered.

Birkbeck offers a competitive salary & pension scheme 31 days paid leave flexible working arrangements & some of the most generous benefits in the HE sector all while being located right in the heart of Central London with access to all its facilities.
We welcome applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender & cultural diversity of its workforce holding an Athena SWAN award membership of WISE operating Disability Confident & Mindful Employer schemes.
Interview date: 18 June 2019

Postdoc on Non- and minimally-invasive diffuse optical tissue monitoring

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of David R. Busch, Ph. D. in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  This laboratory, new to UTSW, focuses upon development and translation of diffuse optical and correlation spectroscopic (DOS, DCS) instrumentation to monitor the central nervous system. Current projects include minimally invasive monitoring of the spinal cord and non-invasive cerebral monitoring during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation therapy.

Postdoc on DCS on Preemies

iCASE 2018

We have a fully-funded MRC iCASE PhD studentship available to start Oct 2019 in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. The student will be working on fNIRS, EEG and early cognitive development (focus on attention and early executive functions) with me, Gaia Scerif and Gowerlabs. The studentship also includes a 4-month internship at Gowerlabs Ltd. We are keen to to get applications from candidates with prior NIRS experience and/or a high level of technical skills – but candidates will also need to be comfortable working with babies and toddlers! Feel free to share!

Move2Learn Lab, Univ Delaware

Doctoral Student Position: University of Delaware’s Move2Learn Lab (PI, Anjana Bhat) is looking for a new graduate student with an interest in motor, social, and cognitive development of infants and children with and without special needs, specifically, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Cerebral Palsy (CP) to start in Summer/Fall 2019. The student will be part of a collaborative research team of graduate and undergraduate students and will receive mentorship in conducting their dissertation research projects and in co-authoring conference presentations and publications. The primary project examines neural correlates of various motor and social behaviors using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). We are also conducting intervention studies assessing effects of novel therapies such as hippotherapy, dance, play, etc. Preference will be given to students who have a background in PT, Kinesiology, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, and other health/rehabilitation fields. Interested students should contact Dr. Bhat and apply to UD’s Biomechanics and Movement Science (BIOMS) program.
Our program is home to several core faculty in PT, Kinesiology, Mechanical/Biomedical Engineering, and Biology with active research labs and graduate training in areas spanning pediatric and adult rehabilitation involving the use of cutting-edge research tools such as motion analysis, eye-tracking, as well as neuroimaging tools. If you are interested in this training opportunity, then please email Dr. Bhat your questions along with your resume. You can submit your graduate application to University of Delaware’s BIOMS Ph.D. program using the following webpage: https://sites.udel.edu/bioms/prospective-students/ Students should identify a faculty mentor prior to applying to the program and the mentor’s name can be mentioned within your statement of purpose. Lab Webpage: https://sites.udel.edu/pt/research/anjana-bhat-ms-pt-phd/

Research Coordinator Position: University of Delaware’s Move2Learn Lab (PI, Anjana Bhat) is looking for a research coordinator with an interest in motor, social, and cognitive development of infants and children with and without special needs, specifically, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Cerebral Palsy (CP) to start in Summer/Fall 2019. They will be part of a collaborative research team of graduate and undergraduate students and will assist in recruiting and scheduling participants, collecting/analyzing data, and in developing progress reports and IRB documents in relation to ongoing research studies. The primary project examines neural correlates of various motor and social behaviors using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). We are also conducting intervention studies assessing effects of novel therapies such as hippotherapy, dance, play, etc. Preference will be given to students who have a background in Kinesiology, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, and other health/rehabilitation fields. Interested students should contact Dr. Bhat along with their resume to get more details on the position.

Research intern at IOWA

Three positions at Artinis in Eurpoean project and with collaboration with academia

  • Posted by: Jörn M. Horschig
  • Where: Artinis

We from Artinis have exciting research projects ongoing in which we can offer the opportunity for graduates to work with us as early stage researchers on the forefront of fNIRS development. We have three outstanding positions, two on algorithm development and one on hardware development. Envisioned starting date for all positions is this summer.

The three positions are part of Marie-Curie Skłodowska international training networks, which means you will be embedded in a larger project, meet and collaborate with many interesting and smart people from different countries, and enjoy the benefits of both academic and industrial work life. We look forward to receiving your application and would welcome if you pass these open positions on to potentially interesting candidates.

Posdoc fellow on Neuroimaging at Center for Addiction Medicine

Concordia fellowship on Multimodal Neuroimaging of Sleep and Cognition

PhD studentship in Social Neuroscience

PhD studentship is available in the Social Neuroscience group (led by ProfAntonia Hamilton) at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, in collaboration with DrIlias Tachtsidis at UCL Medical Physics and Dr Ann-Christin Niehoff at Shimadzu Europe

5 fully funded 4-year PhD places

5 fully funded 4-year PhD places with a September 2019 start at the @LeverhulmeTrust Doctoral Training Programme for the Ecological Study.

Postdoc Position on developing a textile sensor to monitor tissue oxygenation in humans based on near-infrared spectroscopy

Topic: Pressure injuries are injuries of the skin and the underlying tissue that result from a reduced blood circulation and tissue oxygenation due to pressure load. They affect in particular persons with impaired movement abilities, such as paraplegics or patients under anaesthesia or in an ICU. They are a severe burden for patients, heal slowly and the treatment is complex and costly. The aim of this interdisciplinary SNSF Bridge Discovery project is to build monitoring devices to prevent pressure injuries. We will build wearable, textile near-infrared sensor to monitor non-invasively skin and muscle oxygen concentration in healthy subjects and patients. The sensor needs to be precise, reliable and fully applicable in a clinical setting. The work consists of developing the novel device, hardware and software development, testing of the device first in phantoms and later in humans. The position is open starting April 2019 or by agreement.

Requirements: We are looking for a physicist or engineer with a PhD in Biomedical Photonics. The candidate (f/m) should have profound experience in tissue imaging, hardware of biomedical optical imaging devices, biomedical signal analysis, numerical simulations, mathematical background (diffusion equation and its solutions, finite element methods, matrices), some practical workshop skills as well as a publication record. Experience working with clinical partners is of advantage. We seek in a postdoc enthusiasm for leading-edge research, team spirit, and the capability for independent problem solving.

Language requirements: Excellent English skills orally and in writing

We offer: The project offers an interdisciplinary environment at the crossroad of medical applications, engineering and physics. The project is particularly attractive, because it includes the whole process from development to clinical application. Appointment is for ≥24 months.

Applications: Please send your application in one merged PDF, including a short cover letter with a statement of research interest, CV, publication list, relevant certificates (degrees and grades) and the names and contacts of 3 references toursula.wolf@ikim.unibe.ch. Salary will be paid according to Swiss National Science Foundation standards.