05/03/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) - Neo-PRISM-C Project

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Neurosciences
    Psychological sciencesBehavioural sciences
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    26/04/2019 12:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    depending on the institution (approximately 38 hours)
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    813546

PLEASE SEE THE SPECIFIC DEADLINES SET FOR EACH ESR INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROJECT AND PER BENEFICIARY BY VISITING THE LINKS PROVIDED FOR MORE INFORMATION NEXT.  

Positions for 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs; doctoral students) are offered in a project aiming to study neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD), which emerge early in development and result in long-term disability, compromising the quality of life of millions of Europeans. Applicants from all relevant academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, including psychology, neuroscience, data science, and related disciplines. The selected doctoral students will enroll in the graduate school of the host institution and work towards their Ph.D.

The multidisciplinary Neo-PRISM-C project (NEurodevelopmental Optimal-Predictors, Risk factors, and Intervention from a Systems approach to Maladjustment in Children) is funded by the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie action of the European Union. It is part of the Innovative Training Network (ITN) actions (http://www.neoprismc.org/).

The positions are open at seven top-ranked academic institutions, two industrial institutions and one clinical. Industrial institutions and clinical domains will collaborate with local academic partners to grant the doctoral degree of the ESRs. The three broader themes of the project that will run for four consecutive years (Sep, 2019 through Sep, 2023) are the following: 

WP No.            WP Title                     Activity Type         ESR Involvement

WP1     Trans-diagnostic risk,            Basic Research            ESRs 1-5

                protective factors

WP2     Neurobiological systems      Imaging, Genetics,          ESRs 6-10

                                                          Physiology Methods   

 

WP3    Evidence-based intervention   Intervention Research    ESRs 11-15

A description of all relevant information about ESRs’ individual research projects (project title, host institution, supervisors, and application link) follows next.

 

Trans-diagnostic risk, protective factors

Fellow: Factors-ESR1

Project Title: Understanding the effects of prenatal maternal infections on developmental outcomes, autism spectrum disorder and learning disabilities

Host Institution: University of Edinburgh

Supervisors: Bonnie Auyeung (UOE), Kostas Fanti (UCY)

Link for more information: https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/bonnie-auyeung. Please contact Dr. Bonnie Auyeung, Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh at Bonnie.Auyeung@ed.ac.uk for specific questions related to the project.

Application deadline: Fall, 2019.

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Fellow: Factors-ESR2

Project Title: Familial risk mechanisms in learning difficulties

Host Institution: Jyväskylä University

Supervisors: Minna Torppa, Mikko Aro (JYU), Timothy Papadopoulos (UCY)

Link for more information: https://www.nmi.fi/kaynnissa-olevat-hankkeet/neo-prism-c/. The ESR project is carried out at the Department of Teacher Education, in the Faculty of Education and Psychology (https://www.jyu.fi/edupsy/en). The faculty has a long tradition in multidisciplinary research of learning and neurodevelopmental disorders. The research approaches include longitudinal and intervention designs, brain research and eye-tracking methodologies. The faculty hosts the Methodology Centre for Human Sciences, Centre for Learning and Teaching, and Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research. Please contact dr Minna Torppa minna.p.torppa@jyu.fi for more information.

Application deadline: April 15, 2019.

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Fellow: Factors-ESR3

Project Title: A longitudinal analysis of learning, cognitive, and behavioral dysfunctions in young children: A multifactorial developmental perspective

Host Institution: University of Cyprus

Supervisors: Timothy Papadopoulos, George Spanoudis (UCY), Paavo Leppänen (JYU)

Link for more information: https://www.cancyprus.org/labs/. See Learning Disabilities Group and Language and Cognitive Development Research Group, led by Prof. Timothy Papadopoulos and Dr. George Spanoudis, respectively. Follow the link http://www.neoprismc.org/#cfa or the direct link to the PDF to be downloaded http://www.neoprismc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/3-ESRs-UCY-Job-Announcement_05032019.pdf

Application deadline: April 26, 2019.

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Fellow: Factors-ESR4

Project Title: Accommodating attention problems using Computerized Adaptive Testing in the measurement of reading and spelling

Host Institution: University of Athens

Supervisors: Georgios Sideridis (UOA), Yiannis Tsaousis (UOC), Mikko Aro (JYU)

Link for more information: http://www.primedu.uoa.gr/english/human-resources/academic-staff/georgios-d-sideridis.html. Please contact Dr. Georgios Sideridis, Associate Professor in Educational Psychology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, at georgios.sideridis@gmail.com for specific questions related to the project.

Application deadline: April 19, 2019.

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Fellow: Factors-ESR5

Project Title: Examining the development of emotion regulation abilities and basic social-interpersonal skills as protective factors against childhood emotional difficulties

Host Institution: University of Cyprus

Supervisors: Georgia Panayiotou (UCY), Olivier Luminet (UCL)

Link for more information: http://www.ucy.ac.cy/psychophysiology/en/. Our lab under the direction of Professor Georgia Panayiotou, examines emotions and their role in both normal psychological functioning and psychopathology in both adults and children. We have examined how various systems of emotion and emotion regulation abilities operate in populations with anxiety, externalizing disorders, alexithymia, substance use and other conditions. We use a variety of measures including self-report, peripheral psychophysiology, eye-tracking, ERP and fNIRS. We have also been working to develop innovative therapeutic approaches in collaboration with other partners at UCY and the NEO-PRISM-C network. Follow the link http://www.neoprismc.org/#cfa or the direct link to the PDF to be downloaded http://www.neoprismc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/3-ESRs-UCY-Job-Announcement_05032019.pdf

Application deadline: April 26, 2019.

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Neurobiological systems

Fellow: Neuro-ESR6

Project Title: Psychoneurometric operationalization of externalizing and internalizing psychopathology: Taking genetic and environmental influences into account

Host Institution: University of Cyprus

Supervisors: Kostas A. Fanti (UCY), Olivier Luminet (UCL), Georgia Panayiotou (UCY)

Link for more information: http://ucy.ac.cy/dir/el/component/comprofiler/userprofile/kfanti. Please contact Dr Fanti at kfanti@ucy.ac.cy for specific questions related to the project. Follow the link http://www.neoprismc.org/#cfa or the direct link to the PDF to be downloaded http://www.neoprismc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/3-ESRs-UCY-Job-Announcement_05032019.pdf

Application deadline: April 26, 2019.

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Fellow: Neuro-ESR7

Project Title: Persistence of learning difficulties in reading and digital assessment of reading difficulties

Host Institution: Niilo Mäki Foundation

Supervisors: Juha-Matti Latvala, Timo Ahonen (NMF), Paavo Leppänen (JYU), Ferenc Honbolygo (RCNA-HAS)

Link for more information: https://www.nmi.fi/kaynnissa-olevat-hankkeet/neo-prism-c/. Niilo Mäki Institute (Niilo Mäki Foundation) is a multidisciplinary center for research and development work for learning difficulties. In addition to research activities, the focus is to produce evidence-based material, information and methods to support children and youth, who have problems with their learning. Also, NMF offers in-service training for teachers and special education teachers, psychologists and therapists, and upkeeps (in collaboration with the town of Jyväskylä) Child Assessment clinic. NMF does not render doctoral degrees, so the ESR will be linked to Doctoral School of University of Jyväskylä. Please contact Dr Juha-Matti Latvala juha-matti.latvala@nmi.fi for more information.

Application deadline: April 15, 2019.

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Fellow: Neuro-ESR8

Project Title: Characterising longitudinal neurocognitive profiles of children with reading difficulties, known risk alleles (genetic profiles) and infant/child brain response patterns associated with early adulthood reading difficulty related brain data profile (measured with MEG and MRI)

Host Institution: Jyväskylä University

Supervisors: Paavo Leppänen (JYU) , Valéria Csépe (RCNS-HAS)

Link for more information: https://www.nmi.fi/kaynnissa-olevat-hankkeet/neo-prism-c/. The ESR project is carried out at the Department of Psychology, in the Faculty of Education and Psychology (https://www.jyu.fi/edupsy/en). The faculty has a long tradition in multidisciplinary research of learning and neurodevelopmental disorders. The research approaches include longitudinal and intervention designs, brain research and eye-tracking methodologies. The faculty hosts the Methodology Centre for Human Sciences, Centre for Learning and Teaching, and Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research. https://www.jyu.fi/edupsy/fi/laitokset/psykologia/en/staff/leppanen-paavo

Application deadline: April 15, 2019.

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Fellow: Neuro-ESR9

Project Title: The common core of reading and spelling: Behavioural and brain correlates and the development of educational intervention of spelling disorders

Host Institution: Research Center for Natural Sciences- Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Supervisors: Valéria Csépe, Zoltán Vidnyánszky (RCNS-HAS), Minna Torppa (JYU)

Link for more information: The Research Centre for Natural Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (RCNS HAS) (http://www.ttk.mta.hu/en/) is a full-time institution of the research network of HAS, focusing on multidisciplinary research in natural sciences. The research will be carried out in the Brain Imaging Centre of RCNS HAS (http://www.ttk.mta.hu/akk/en/), which is equipped with the most up-to-date tools for studying human brain functions. The research approaches include brain research and eye-tracking methodologies. Please contact Dr. Ferenc Honbolygó honbolygo.ferenc@ttk.mta.hu for more information.

Application deadline: April 11, 2019.

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Fellow: Neuro-ESR10

Project Title: Neurocognitive profiling and remediation of reading disorder: investigating the effects of musical training on ERP and behavioral measures of speech perception

Host Institution: Research Center for Natural Sciences- Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Supervisors: Ferenc Honbolygó (RCNS HAS), Maja Kelic (SUVAG)

Link for more information: The Research Centre for Natural Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (RCNS HAS) (http://www.ttk.mta.hu/en/) is a full-time institution of the research network of HAS, focusing on multidisciplinary research in natural sciences. The research will be carried out in the Brain Imaging Centre of RCNS HAS (http://www.ttk.mta.hu/akk/en/), which is equipped with the most up-to-date tools for studying human brain functions. The research approaches include intervention design, behavioral testing and brain research methodologies, in close cooperation with SUVAG Polyclinic Zagreb. Please contact Dr. Ferenc Honbolygó honbolygo.ferenc@ttk.mta.hu for more information.

Application deadline: April 11, 2019.

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Evidence-based intervention

Fellow: Treat-ESR11

Project Title: Effects of training emotional and cognitive competencies on physical and psychological dimensions in children with chronic conditions

Host Institution: Université Catholique de Louvain

Supervisors: Olivier Luminet, Magali Lahaye (UCL), Georgia Panayiotou (UCY)

Link for more information: https://uclouvain.be/en/directories/olivier.luminet. Please contact Prof. Olivier Luminet at the Université catholique de Louvain at olivier.luminet@uclouvain.be for specific questions related to the project.

Application deadline: April 22, 2019.

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Fellow: Treat-ESR12

Project Title: Determinants of treatment response to state-of-the-art interventions for attention deficits: Child temperament, cognitive profiles, and family dynamics

Host Institution: University of Crete

Supervisors: Panayiota Dimitropoulou (UOC), Georgios Sideridis (UOA), Timothy Papadopoulos (UCY)

Link for more information: http://www.psychology.uoc.gr/en/labs/laboratory-of-applied-psychology/applied-psychology.htmlhttp://www.keme.uoc.gr/index.php/en/2016-03-09-12-38-39/department-of-psychology/288-applied-psychology-laboratory. The Applied Psychology Laboratory (APL) was founded in 2004 at the Department of Psychology of the University of Crete under the direction of Professor Kafetsios Kostantinos, in order to support Psychology faculty and students in the development and application of quantitative methods for psychological research and practice. It is located in the main campus of the University of Crete in Gallos, Rethymno as part of the Center for Research and Studies (CRS) in Humanities, Social Sciences and Pedagogics of the University of Crete and its computing facilities include experimental design and advanced data analyses platforms. Since its inception applied research conducted in the laboratory has produced a number of psychometric instruments designed to assess cognitive and linguistic abilities in children and adults in a variety of settings (schools, special education classrooms, diagnostic centers for learning disabilities, neurology and psychiatry clinics). For further information on the project, please contact Dr. Panagiota Dimitropoulou, email: neoprismc@psy.soc.uoc.gr

Application deadline: April 30, 2019.

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Fellow: Treat-ESR13

Project Title: Individualised, game-based training for Reading and Math Disabilities

Host Institution: Regionaal Instituut voor Dyslexie B.V. (RID)

Supervisors: Jurgen Tijms (RID), Reinout Wiers (UvA), Minna Torppa (JYU)

Link for more information: www.rid.nl; https://rudolfberlin.org. RID is Dutch-based company that provides research-based clinical care to children with learning disabilities, and has a dedicated research and innovation department. It operates nation-wide, and over 2000 children with severe reading or arithmetic problems are treated yearly. RID’s research and innovation, including this project, is carried out at the Rudolf Berlin Center in Amsterdam, a research center on learning disabilities that is a partnership of RID and the University of Amsterdam. The Rudolf Berlin Center focuses on understanding the neurocognitive underpinnings of reading and math disorders as well as on intervention research. Please contact dr. Jurgen Tijms at j.tijms@rid.nl for more information on the project.

Application deadline: April 7, 2019.

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Fellow: Treat-ESR14

Project Title: Development of reading fluency: The relevance of sublexical processing in reading development

Host Institution: Jyväskylä University

Supervisors: Mikko Aro, Minna Torppa (JYU), George Spanoudis (UCY)

Link for more information: https://www.nmi.fi/kaynnissa-olevat-hankkeet/neo-prism-c/. The ESR project is carried out at the Department of Education, in the Faculty of Education and Psychology (https://www.jyu.fi/edupsy/en). The faculty has a long tradition in multidisciplinary research of learning and neurodevelopmental disorders. The research approaches include longitudinal and intervention designs, brain research and eye-tracking methodologies. The faculty hosts the Methodology Centre for Human Sciences, Centre for Learning and Teaching, and Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research. Please contact Prof. Mikko Aro at mikko.t.aro@jyu.fi for more information.

Application deadline: April 15, 2019.

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Fellow: Treat-ESR15

Project Title: Developing and validating VR applications for social skills training

Host Institution: SilverSky

Supervisors: Kleanthis Neokleous (SLVS), Marios Avraamides (UCY), Bonnie Auyeung (UOE)

Link for more information: http://www.silversky3d.com/. Silversky3D is a Cyprus-based SME established in 2004 as a spin-out company from the University of Cyprus following successful funding from the European Research Council (ERC) and the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry, and Tourism (Young Entrepreneurship Program). The company focuses on the development of innovative applications in VR based on research from Cognitive/Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience, e.g., tools for the training of cognitive processes, for improving social skills, etc. Also, it offers services to professionals and scientists who can benefit from advanced visualization and interaction with virtual environments. It maintains several active collaborations with scientists from Psychology and Neuroscience for various projects that involve technology-based applications in these fields. Follow the link http://www.neoprismc.org/#cfa or the direct link to the PDF to be downloaded http://www.neoprismc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/SILVERSKY-UCY-ESR_job-announcement_05032019.pdf

Application deadline: April 3, 2019.

 

 

 

 

Benefits

Tuition Fees

The costs that are usually related to tuition fees [(e.g., student registration, access to student services (such as library, computing)], teaching, supervision, examination, and graduation) will be covered by the Hosting Institution.

Overall, Neo-PRISM-C will offer the ESRs:

  • project-specific research
  • scientific collaboration
  • secondments to partner organizations
  • participation in workshops and courses /training on scientific and entrepreneurial skills
  • excellent supervision
  • a competitive salary, including social security coverage and additional resources to take part in international conferences and collaborations. 

Eligibility criteria

Successful applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the contract commencement date (Sep 1, 2019). 

Selection process

Women and men from all countries are encouraged to apply.

 

 

Additional comments

How to apply

Please follow the links provided for the Individual Research Projects and submit the following documents to the Institution you would like to pursue your Ph.D. studies and join the network as an ESR (see https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/) until the deadlines set by each Institution:

  • A letter of motivation (including research interests, research career goals, educational background and previous research experience, reasons for applying to the program with a short research statement focusing on the preferred project and the specific host organization)
  • A full updated CV (including personal details with complete contact data, work, and education history, and other relevant information)
  • Certified copies of previous degrees and English Language proof of proficiency
  • The names and e-mail addresses of two referees

 

 

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Successful applicants should:

(a) Hold a Bachelor's and a Master’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, data science, and related disciplines from an accredited University. Additional research experience beyond the program of study will be considered as an advantage.

(b) Must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the contract commencement date (Sep 1, 2019); and

(c) Have a proven knowledge of at least one of the three themes of the Neo-PRISM-C network (as described above), as judged based on outstanding results within a diversified career path, publication activity, and teaching, supervision, teamwork, knowledge transfer, and management.

 

 

Specific Requirements

  • Knowledge of at least one more European Language represented in the consortium (e.g., French, Finnish, Hungarian) will be considered as an advantage.
  • A keen interest in neuroscience and specifically in neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and ability to take initiatives. 
  •  Demonstrated experience with experimental research and an ability to work with international research teams whose work focuses on children from special and vulnerable populations will be considered an advantage. 

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Edinburgh
EH8 9YL
Old College, South Bridge
3 position(s) available at
Jyväskylä University
Finland
Jyväskylä
40100
15 Seminaarinkatu
3 position(s) available at
University of Cyprus
Cyprus
Aglantzia
Nicosia
2109
1 University Avenue
1 position(s) available at
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Greece
Athens
10561
6 Christou Lada
1 position(s) available at
Niilo Mäki Foundation
Finland
Jyväskylä
40100
4 Asemakatu
2 position(s) available at
Research Center for Natural Sciences- Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Hungary
Budapest
1117
2 Magyar Tudosok KRT
1 position(s) available at
Université Catholique de Louvain
Belgium
Louvain La Neuve
1348
1 Place de l'Université
1 position(s) available at
University of Crete
Greece
Rethimno
74100
University Campus Gallos
1 position(s) available at
Regionaal Instituut voor Dyslexie B.V. (RID)
Netherlands
Amsterdam
1052 LB
45A Tweede Hugo de Grootstraat
1 position(s) available at
Silversky3D Virtual Reality Technologies Ltd
Cyprus
Nicosia
1057
6 Napoleontos, Flat Office 203

EURAXESS offer ID: 385462

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