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[EXPIRED] Postdoctoral Researcher in Cognitive Computational Modeling of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Data

The Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) has an open research opportunity for a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to conduct cutting-edge research at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, and magnetic resonance imaging.

Join us as we start on a project testing the predictions of a novel theory of dopamine signaling in the human brain and its implications for Parkinson’s disease.

We are looking for a candidate with strong computational modeling skills in the context of MRI of the human brain. The position is part of a project with the aim to map the dopaminergic system with functional MRI and to measure how it changes in patients with Parkinson’s disease. You will mainly be involved in the data acquisition and data analysis part of the project, further developing and applying a computational technique for topographic mapping in fMRI data. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with psychologists, MDs, physiologists, basic and clinical neuroscientists. 

About us:

The Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) is one of the leading research centers for biomedical MRI in Europe (www.drcmr.dk). Our mission is to triangulate MR physics, basic physiology, and clinical research. Approximately 70 researchers from a diverse range of disciplines are currently pursuing basic and clinically applied MR, electrophysiology, and brain stimulation research with a focus on structural, functional, and metabolic MRI of the human brain and its disorders.

MRI is the scientific focus area of the DRCMR. We are currently developing a novel analysis approach to generate topographic maps of cognitive computational variables with fMRI data in order to gain much richer insights into human cognition than commonly used fMRI analysis approaches. We aim to use this technique to gain novel insights into the effects of neurodegeneration of the dopaminergic system on brain function, cognition and behavior in Parkinson´s disease. 

The DRCMR is part of the Center for Functional and Diagnostic Imaging and Research, a large diagnostic imaging department that covers all biomedical imaging modalities at Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre.

The position:

You will be employed as a postdoc for a two-year period at the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance with good possibilities of extension. You will join the Movement Disorders group led by Research Fellow David Meder. The project entails close collaborations with other researchers in the Clinical Precision Imaging research area and the Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience research area. 

As a postdoc you will have close interaction with DRCMR-researchers from a great variety of disciplines and with collaborators as well as clinicians. We act in concert, and you are never alone with your tasks.  

Your daily tasks will vary according to the flow of the projects, but will mainly be centered around:

  • conducting MRI experiments with healthy participants and patients with Parkinson’s disease
  • analyzing MRI and behavioral data, including the application of our topographic mapping technique
  • engaging in teaching, knowledge dissemination, and publication of results in international, recognized scientific journals 

The ideal candidate

  • You hold a PhD degree in Neuroscience or a related field.
  • You are an expert in computational modeling and/or fMRI data analysis.
  • You enjoy being part of a multidisciplinary and international research team and integrating technological innovations into your neuroscience research.
  • You have experience in conducting experiments with human subjects—preferably including patients.
  • Additional expertise in Bayesian modeling or Bayesian statistics is a major advantage.
  • You have excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. 

The project will be supervised by Research Fellow David Meder in close collaboration with Prof. Hartwig Siebner and senior researcher Oliver Hulme.

Starting date: is expected to be October 2022. 

Salary and Terms of Employment

You will be employed as a postdoc for a period of 24 months with good possibilities of extension. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Regions (Danske Regioner) and the relevant professional organization. The salary depends on background education and seniority. Further, supplements can be negotiated. Note that candidates coming from abroad may be eligible for tax reductions. The position is open for candidates of all nationalities. 

We see diversity as strength and encourage all persons regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, disabilities or religion to apply.

Applications should include a cover letter, references, list of publications and CV (optionally narrative CV, see e.g. https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/projects/research-culture/tools-for-support/resume-for-researchers/). Applications must be submitted on-line through the RegionH job portal - click HERE.

Application deadline: 7 September 2022 at 08:00 (CET)

For further information regarding the position please contact Research Fellow David Meder
Direct line:  +45 3862 0633; Email: