Jobs Posting 2015

 


Oct 2015

Jeff Dunn (dunnj@ucalgary.ca) is looking for PhD and post-doctoral candidates to study concussion using fNIRS. The current fNIRS system is a CW6. There are also NIRO and ISS systems and a new mapping system will be sourced in a few months for use in the Alberta Children’s hospital.

Post Doc @ the Optics Division at the Martinos MGH
David Boas, Sava Sakadzic, Maria Angela Franceschini: looking to hire post-doctoral fellows (or students / research assistants) to work on various projects. We are looking for candidates to work on the following NIRS Projects:
1) integration of NIRS and diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) to measure cerebral oxygen delivery and consumption in clinical settings
2) develop signal analysis algorithms
3) develop novel DCS methodology

Postdoctoral fellow position (optical/medical imaging field) in Neurophotonics Group, Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology, NUS.

2x Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Interpretation of functional optical neuroimaging (fNIRS) at  Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE) in Puebla, Mexico


May-June 2015

Spencer Lab @ University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK
This summer, Larissa Samuelson and I will be moving our labs from Iowa to the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. We’ll have an awesome new NIRS setup with lots of resources to grow. As evidence: we currently have 7 open faculty searches. I encourage young rising stars to apply!!! Details at:
https://www.uea.ac.uk/hr/vacancies/academic
John Spencer

UCL Biomedical Optics Research Lab
Hi all, we have a new post doctoral position open at UCL Biomedical Optics Research Lab! See below for full details…
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ALI146/research-associate-in-biomedical-optics/
Gemma Bale

Marie Curie Training Network “PredictAble”
We are currently hiring several Early Stage Researchers for the Marie Curie Training Network “PredictAble” aimed at identifying early neurocognitive predictors of delayed or impaired language development.
The full ad for the job openings ca be found here:
http://www.uni-potsdam.de/predictable/job-openings/description-of-positions.html#c84000
Judit Gervain

Medical optics research at ICFO Barcelona
Glad to see so much activity here. We have two postdoc and one (possibly two) research engineer positions available to be filled. The projects are somewhat flexible.
http://jobs.icfo.es/index.php?detail=168
http://jobs.icfo.es/index.php?detail=155
http://jobs.icfo.es/index.php?detail=203
Turgut Durduran

Centre for Brain and Cognitive Dev., Birkbeck, University of London
U’d like to draw your attention to a PhD position that we are currently advertising. The project will involve using fNIRS to look at functional connectivity within the context of a project investigating the development of motor mimicry across the first 3 years of life. Please do circulate to any current MSc students who might be interested. NB: The fees covered by the studentship are for an EU student. See here for more information:
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/psychology/downloads/PhDMimicrySouthgate_CBCD.pdf
Vicky Southgate


Posted 20-March-2015

Post-doctoral/research associate position and a graduate student position: University of Calgary

Studies of brain injury using functional near-infrared spectroscopy

A Post-doctoral/research associate position and a graduate student position are available in the research group of Dr. Jeff F. Dunn to apply near-infrared spectroscopic methods to study brain injury.
We have shown that functional near-infrared spectroscopy, a method capable of assessing brain oxygenation and activity, may be useful for detecting mild traumatic brain injury or concussion. The candidate will work in improving the acquisition technology and processing methods as well as collecting and analyzing data from concussion patients. They will work with a large clinical team to recruit and assess subjects with concussion.
The exact project will depend on the interest and the experience of the candidate. A person more experienced in image processing or electronics will focus on a project related to MRI development. A person with a stronger neurological background will focus on application.
The lab contains a wide range of NIRS equipment. This includes the TechEn CW6, two Hamamatsu NIRO systems, two ISS oxyplex systems and a custom built broadband system based on a shamrock spectrograph and Andor Camera. The lab also includes a high field 9.4T MRI for animal research. There are strong linkages with clinical MRI programs including those at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the Seaman Family MR Centre. We have exceptional clinical collaborators from Winsport, the University of Calgary Sports Medicine Centre, the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the Foothills Medical Centre.
The lab is a world leader in the use of high field MRI and near-infrared spectroscopy to study neurological disease models and translate methods to clinical use. Dr. Dunn has a long track record of training graduate students.The training environment includes association with both the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Biomedical Engineering program. These affiliations allow options of graduate programs including neuroscience, medical science and biomedical engineering. This is a strong multidisciplinary group with good interactions between pre-clinical and clinical faculty, thus providing a broad opportunity for training. The student will gain experience in neurophysiology, the pathophysiology of neurological disease and imaging methods.
The ideal post-doctoral/research associate candidate will have extensive experience applying NIRS methods to study human brain. Alternately, the candidate will have the technical ability to program new processing methods and learn the associated technology. The graduate candidate will have a strong biological or neuroscience background or sufficient technical experience to be capable of undertaking imaging development. This often includes the use of MATLAB, C++, python or other processing methods. The person needs to be able to work independently, and yet work well in a team environment.

Interested candidates should send a CV, cover letter and contact information of 2 references to:

Dr. Jeff. F. Dunn: dunnj@ucalgary.ca
Department of Radiology, Clinical Neuroscience and Physiology and Pharmacology
Director, Experimental Imaging Centre
Faculty of Medicine
University of Calgary
T2N 4N1

www.ucalgary.ca/dunnimaging.ca
twitter: @jeffreyfdunn


Posted 20-March-2015

POSTDOC:  Harvard/Rochester project on cognitive neuroscience (EEG and fNIRS) in human infants

Funding from NSF is expected for a 1.5-year postdoc to collect and analyze datasets gathered from human infants while they view visual stimuli or listen to language stimuli.  This is a joint project between the Rochester Babylab (Richard Aslin, PI) and the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience lab at Harvard (Charles Nelson, PI).

Rochester lab: http://babylab.bcs.rochester.edu/
Boston lab: http://www.childrenshospital.org/research-and-innovation/research/labs/nelson-laboratory

The goal of the project is to gather EEG and fNIRS data from 3- to 12-month-olds and merge these datasets, within-subjects at each age, using multivariate pattern classification and representational similarity analysis methods.  The successful candidate could reside either in Rochester, NY or Boston, MA, with some travel expected between both sites.  The preferred skill set consists of one or more of the following:  experience with the testing of human infants, collection and analysis of EEG data, collection and analysis of fNIRS or fMRI data, use of machine learning techniques such as MVPA, fluency in Matlab.  A machine learning consultant on the grant (Radislaw Cichy) will provide guidance for many of the analyses.

Candidate must have a PhD (or firm plans to defend their dissertation no later than August of 2015).  Preferred start date is July 1, 2015.  Interested applicants should forward a cover letter, CV, and the names of three references to Richard Aslin: aslin@mail.cvs.rochester.edu. Review of application materials will begin on May 1 and continue until a candidate has been chosen.


Posted 24-Jan-2015

Paris Descartes University, Paris, France, invites applications for an

Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position in infant/child electrophysiology 

within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks (ITN) “Understanding and predicting developmental language abilities and disorders in multilingual Europe” (“PredictAble”)

Starting date: April 1st, 2015.

The mission of this ESR is to develop experimental designs and data analysis tools for electrophysiological (EEG) measures, allowing the early identification of language delay at the single participant level. This is a particularly challenging task with young infants and children who typically provide noisy EEG data due to movement and other artifacts. The ESR will be expected to design and run experimental paradigms that can achieve high quality data in individual participants, and enable co-recording with eye-tracking and NIRS. The ESR will also be required to adapt existing analysis tools (e.g. EEGLab) and to develop new ones, e.g. using high-density EEG recordings (source localization, time-frequency analysis) to provide the most suitable methods for group as well as individual level data analysis, leading to the identification of early neural predictors of language delay. Interfacing the EEG analysis tools with NIRS, eye-tracking and other methods will also be necessary. The programming is expected to be predominantly implemented in MATLAB™.

The ESR is expected to pursue a PhD degree within the program. Therefore, prerequisite for the candidate is the academic merit to be admitted into a PhD program. The candidate should hold a Master’s (or comparable) degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, (Bio)Physics or similar disciplines with a strong background in data analysis and programming. Experience with or interest in experimental work in bio-imaging and/or psychology, as well as in experimentation with infant/child populations, while not required, is regarded as beneficial. The working language is English.

The location for this research will mainly be at the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, in Paris, France with expected close collaboration and visits to the partnering institutes, especially University of Jyväskyla, Finland. The duration of the appointment is 36 months. There are no tuition fees; compensation (living and mobility allowance) will be granted according to the Marie Curie Program regulations.

Note that we can only hire early stage researchers (i.e., candidates who are in the first four years of his/her research career and do not have a doctoral degree) and only candidates who not have resided in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date (and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France).

Please send your application including: (1) a statement of research interests and motivation, (2) a full CV, (3) the names and e-mail addresses of at least two referees, (4) academic transcript, (5) list of publications/talks/posters, (6) a copy of the master’s thesis, and (7) a statement of residency in the past 3 years as a single PDF by February, 15, 2015, to Judit Gervain: judit.gervain@parisdescartes.fr.

 


Posted 24-Jan-2015

NIRx Medizintechnik GmbH, Berlin, Germany invites applications for

Early Stage Researcher (ESD) Position in functional NIRS imaging of Children (software development)

within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks (ITN) Understanding and predicting developmental language abilities and disorders in multilingual Europe (“PredictAble”)

Start date: April 1st, 2015.

The goal of this project is the development of novel algorithms for the processing, analysis, and spatial mapping of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS, optical imaging) functional imaging data of brain activity in very young children. While over the last decade NIRS has become a viable research tool in many domains, because of its non-restricting nature it has gained special appeal for the functional brain mapping of children. The proposed work aims at addressing challenges that are particular to this subject group and which at present still hamper its wider use, such as the prevalence of fractured/segmented data, the high likelihood of motion artifacts, and the specific measuring geometry/anatomy. The newly developed tools are expected to be developed and applied within the framework of NIRx’ existing open access NIRS analysis software in a modular and expandable fashion. Besides features specific to small child studies we also anticipate the development of more general neuroimaging software functionality such as data integration with other modalities (e.g., EEG, behavioral), data import/export capabilities, and a strong focus on usability. The work is expected to adhere to best practices for code development and documentation. The programming is expected to be predominantly implemented in MATLAB™.

The ESR is expected to pursue a PhD degree within the program. The candidate should hold a Master’s (or comparable) degree in the Computer Sciences, Electrical Engineering, (Bio-) Physics or similar disciplines with a strong background in data analysis and programming. Ideally, the candidate has prior experience in bio-imaging data processing / workflow and is familiar with the applicable industry standards (e.g., DICOM). Experience or interest in experimental work in bio-imaging and/or psychology, while not required, is regarded beneficial. The working language is English. The duration of the appointment is 36 months. There are no tuition fees; compensation (living and mobility allowance) will be granted according to the Marie Curie Program regulations.

The location for this research will mainly be at NIRx Medizintechnik GmbH in Berlin, Germany, with expected close collaboration and visits to the partnering institutes, especially University of Potsdam, Germany and Université Paris Descartes, France. NIRx (www.nirx.net) is widely recognized as an industry leader and key innovator in the field of functional NIRS imaging and maintains close research collaborations with a number of international academic institutions. The German branch is located in the heart of Berlin, one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world and home to a lively start-up scene.

Note that we can only hire early stage researchers (i.e., candidates who are in the first four years of his/her research career and do not have a doctoral degree) and only candidates who not have resided in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date (and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany).

Please send your application including: (1) a statement of research interests and motivation, (2) a full CV, (3) the names and e-mail addresses of at least two referees, (4) academic transcript, (5) list of publications/talks/posters, (6) a copy of the master’s thesis, and (7) a statement of residency in the past 3 years as a single PDF by February, 15, 2015, to: office@nirx.de