17/03/2017

Post-doc position neuroscience, Professor Marcus Missal


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Institute of Neuroscience
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    NeurosciencesNeurophysiology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    17/04/2017 21:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Brussels
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/05/2017

Short-term temporal  memory in idiopathic Parkinson’s disease: an oculomotor and electrophysiological approach.

Professor Marcus Missal (marcus.missal@uclouvain.be)

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is characterized by both motor and non-motor symptoms. Impairment of cognitive functions like memory, attention and time ‘perception’ has important but often underestimated consequences in the everyday life of patients. The candidate will investigate the influence of short-term temporal memory on the preparation of eye movements in idiopathic PD patients. This research should lead to the proposal of a simple and reliable oculomotor assessment of short-term temporal memory in idiopathic PD patients that could be used to estimate cognitive decline and evaluate treatments. Furthermore, analysis of EEG data (in the temporal and frequency domains) together with eye movements should lead to the formulation of quantitative hypotheses about the underlying neural processes. Analyses will be performed in patients at different stages of progression of the disease and with different anti-parkinsonian treatments.

Significance of research

Cognitive decline has a major impact in PD patients and in the aging population in general with a significant cost for families and the society. Most of the time, cognitive decline is evaluated using questionnaires and psychological testing. These methods rely on introspection, require good language skills and are often approximate. We suggest that an oculomotor approach based on implicit methods could yield significantly better estimates of early cognitive decline, at a reasonable cost, and help better understand underlying neural dysfunctions.

Funding

Support by private donators through the Louvain Foundation is available to fund the post-doctoral research during a period of 2 years. Approximate stipend: 2000 euros/month after taxation (this estimate could vary according to family situation, age and education). Health insurance provided. Funding will be re-evaluated every year according to achievements.

Benefits

Varia

 

Location: Institute of Neurosciences (IONS), Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium. Financial support for commuting between the private domicile and the University will be provided. All equipment currently available in the Lab to perform the project (https://www.uclouvain.be/en-425366.html#Team). EEG analysis will be realized in collaboration with Prof. A. Mouraux (same institute). Patients will be selected from the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc (on the same campus) in collaboration with Dr. Anne Jeanjean. Age and sex-matched controls should be recruited amongst the people accompanying patients or locally. The candidate is expected to start working in April 2017, with some flexibility.

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Neurosciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Requirements:

  1. PhD in Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Applied Sciences, Psychology, or equivalent.
  2. Excellent academic grades.
  3. Training in systems, cognitive neurosciences or equivalent.
  4. Training in statistics (ANOVA). Knowledge of SPSS will be appreciated.
  5. A very good command of English.
  6. Training in MATLAB.
  7. Support letters are welcome.
  8. Team spirit.

 

Work location(s)
1 offer(s) available at
Université catholique de Louvain, Institute of Neuroscience, Brussels
Belgium
Brussels
1200
Avenue Mounier 53 bte B1.53.04

EURAXESS offer ID: 191973