24/01/2020
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Research assistant (PhD position) in the European School of Network Neuroscience (EuSNN).

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Eodyne/IBEC/UPF
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    NeurosciencesNeuroinformatics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/03/2020 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Barcelona
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/09/2020
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    860563

About the project: EuSNN will integrate leading European groups in network neuroscience and deliver training on knowledge and skills that enable students to pursue a successful career in this emerging field. As part of recent international initiatives, neuroscience has embarked on the ambitious challenge of simulating and analysing large-scale brain dynamics at various levels of biological complexity. This project seeks to address the above challenge by modelling and analyzing whole-brain activity derived from the human connectome at the macro and mesoscopic level, using mean-field population dynamics as well as synaptic dynamics together with detailed circuit models.

About the job: As a startup member of euSNN, Eodyne is looking for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) for realizing a PhD project on the development of ‘Analysis of large-scale networks of the human brain in health and disease’

Using the integrated brain data modelling and visualization technologies of Eodyne in the virtual reality environment XIM (eXperience Induction Machine) and the neuroinformatics software Brainx3,  in collaboration with Prof. Paul Verschure and the SPECS-lab at the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, this PhD project proposes to build a unified simulation platform for the reconstruction and analysis of brain dynamics and connectivity at multiple scales describing the human brain in health and disease. In particular, the project addresses the question of how discrete lesions due to stroke affect the global (re)organization of the neocortex and the thalamo-cortical system. Overall, the project will advance the modelling of the dynamics of (sub-)cortical structures through their embedding in more realistic empirically grounded large-scale cortical networks and improve clinical diagnostics and intervention planning.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Building and testing models of cortical plasticity in healthy brains and those with stroke within the context of broader brain systems;
  • Mapping and graph-theoretically quantifying patterns of connectivity related to the core networks of the brain and their relation to perceptual and cognitive functions;
  • Investigating how these circuits are disrupted in disorders such as stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and coma;
  • Identify mappings between structural network properties and functional dynamics.
  • At the end of the PhD project, it is expected to have a multi-scale integrated brain model for the human brain, serving research, clinical applications and education within and beyond the PhD.

Skills and qualifications:

  • Bachelor (BSc) and Master (MSc) in Physics/ Mathematics/ Biology/ Biomedical Engineer/Neuroscience/Computer Science or related field
  • Programming skills: MATLAB/ Python/ C++ / C#
  • Knowledge of VTK library (Visualization Toolkit)
  • Knowledge in Unity 3D game engine is a plus.  
  • Self-critical, capacity to learn and bring knowledge
  • English proficiency level: high

Benefits

  • Obtain a PhD from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (UPF https://www.upf.edu/web/doctorats) while working in an ICT-startup!
  • Work in close collaboration with the interdisciplinary SPECS-lab https://specs-lab.com/ of Prof. Dr. Paul Verschure at the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia https://www.ibecbarcelona.eu/
  • Full time 3-year contract (full time) paid in accordance with the euSNN rules
  • The contract will be within the framework of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions European Training Network ETN (euSNN Project) (Innovation Training Networks) 
  • Bonus points: Interest to work in a startup environment in collaboration with a research institute and within international collaborations, including performing secondments at partner sites.

 

Eligibility criteria

  • All researchers recruited in a Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN must be Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs). A ESR shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. The four years start to count from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate.
  • Researchers are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. One general rule applies to the appointment of researchers: At the time of recruitment by the host beneficiary, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference dateNote that the mobility rule applies to the beneficiary where the researcher is recruited, and not to beneficiaries to which the researcher is sent or seconded.
  • For all recruitment, the eligibility and mobility of the researcher will be determined at the time of their (first) project recruitment. 

Selection process

Application letter, and CV, copies of certificates and relevant information. Names of at least two potential referees. Skype interviews and on site visit.

 

Additional comments

How to apply: Interested applicants should send their CV, cover letter and the contact of two referees to: info@eodyne.com before 01/05/2020.

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    NeurosciencesNeuroinformatics
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Qualification and Skills:

  • Bachelor (BSc) and Master (MSc) in Physics/ Mathematics/ Biology/ Biomedical Engineer/Neuroscience/Computer Science or related field
  • Programming skills: MATLAB/ Python/ C++ / C#..
  • Knowledge of VTK library (Visualization Toolkit)
  • Self-critical, capacity to learn and bring knowledge
  • Knowledge in Unity 3D game engine is a plus.

Specific Requirements

Mobility rule for researchers in Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITNs: to be eligible candidates must be in the first four years of his/her research career, not have a doctoral degree, and not have resided in the country of the recruiting beneficiary (i.e. Spain) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date.

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Eodyne Systems S.L.
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Barcelona
Barcelona
08019
C/ Venezuela 35

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