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The Capital Region of Copenhagen is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy of Parkinson's disease

Postdoctoral research position in transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy of Parkinson´s Disease

The Brain Circuit Modulation & Therapy group at the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) is seeking candidates for a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in combining noninvasive brain stimulation and neuroimgaing for precision circuit therapy of cortico-basal ganglia circuits in Parkinson´s disease. We are looking for an experienced Postdoctoral researcher to conduct research at the intersection of neuroengineering, neurophysiology, and neurology. Join us as we scale up our efforts to develop novel circuit-based precision therapeutics to treat patients with Parkinson´s disease.

You will become part of the collaborative "ADAptive and Precise Targeting of cortex-basal ganglia circuits in Parkinson´s Disease” (ADAPT-PD) research alliance. ADAPT-PD is a multidisciplinary project funded by the Lundbeck Foundation. The ADAPT-PD project is led by Hartwig Siebner (PI) at the DRCMR in Copenhagen and involves collaboration with Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Co-PI: Andrea Kuehn) and Lund University (Co-PI: Angela Cenci).

Summary of the project: In this collaborative and translational project, we leverage recent advances in brain stimulation technology to develop novel methods for ADAptive and Precise brain-circuit Targeting in rodents and humans. We will use transcranial magnetic stimulation to mitigate dysfunctional circuit dynamics in patients with Parkinson´s disease to improve motor function

Your role: You will spearhead our efforts to develop precision brain stimulation protocols using EEG read-outs to inform transcranial magnetic stimulation in real-time. You will design and conduct EEG-informed precision stimulation experiments, acquiring and analyzing data, and writing the data up for publication and dissemination.

Essential skills & experience:
• You are an expert in transcranial brain stimulation (preferentially transcranial magnetic stimulation)
• You have experience in conducting neurophysiology (EEG) or neuroimaging (MRI) experiments in humans.
• You have strong signal processing and analysis skills in the field of electrophysiology or brain mapping
• You hold a PhD degree in neuroscience, biomedical/electrical engineering, clinical medicine, or related field
• Prior refereed journal publications
• Strong written and interpersonal communication skills

Advantageous skills & experience: 
• Prior experience with EEG or MRI applications in patients with brain disorders
• Prior experience with teaching and supervision of students and technicians

Working at DRCMR. You will be part of the Brain Circuit Modulation & Therapy group, headed by Hartwig Siebner at the DRCMR (www.drcmr.dk) based at Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with engineers, neurologists, psychologists, and interact with other groups at DRCMR.

DRCMR is a leading research center for biomedical MRI in Europe. Approximately 75 researchers from a diverse range of disciplines are currently pursuing basic and clinically applied research. The DRCMR is embedded in the Dept. for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre, Copenhagen, Denmark. DRCMR has a state-of-the-art MR-research infrastructure enabling translational research, which includes a pre-clinical 7T MR scanner, six whole-body MR scanners (one 7T, four 3T and a 1.5T scanner) and a High-Performance Computer cluster. The DRCMR has pre-clinical labs, a neuropsychology laboratory, an EEG laboratory, and five laboratories for precision brain circuit stimulation. It is situated ~25mins cycle ride from central Copenhagen, a city consistently ranked one of the highest in the world for quality of life [link].

Application deadline is the 14th of April 2024. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be calendar week 16 and 17.

Starting date is expected to be on the 1st of August 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Salary and terms of Employment. You will be employed for a period of 36 months at the DRCMR. 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 a strength and encourage all candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, disabilities, or religion to apply.

Application details: Applications should include a cover letter, CV, list of publications & research outputs, together with the names of three references.

Applications must be submitted on-line through the RegionH job portal.

For further information regarding the position please contact Hartwig Siebner: