24/01/2022

STA(R)T TO LEARN: CALL FOR A 2-YEAR NON-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER AT THE ULB NEUROSCIENCE INSTITUTE

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Université libre de Bruxelles
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    NeurosciencesNeuropsychology
    Psychological sciencesCognitive science
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/01/2022 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Bruxelles
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/03/2022

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Project – Infants have the outstanding skill of being able to extract regularities in their environment. These statistical learning abilities are of the utmost importance since they form the basis of children’s capacities to organize and form coherent representations of the external world. The project STA(R)T TO LEARN will address three fundamental questions: (1) How these abilities develop in the first year of life, (2) how the constraints linked to cerebral maturation and to the infant’s experience with their environment interact with SL mechanisms, and (3) how prematurity impacts the development of these abilities. To answer these questions, electrophysiological and behavioural measures will be taken in full-term and preterm infants at 3, 6, and 9 months of (corrected) age, using a longitudinal approach. Electrophysiological recordings will use novel on-scalp magnetoencephalography based on optically pumped magnetometers. This project is funded by the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique – FNRS.

Work environment – STA(R)T TO LEARN will be conducted within the ULBabyLab, at the Center for Research in Cognition & Neurosciences (CRCN), and within the MEG unit of the Laboratoire de Neuroanatomie et Neuroimagerie translationnelles (LN2T). Both labs are part of the ULB Neuroscience Institute (UNI). The LN2T is equipped with the neurophysiological facilities that will be used in the project, therefore most of the experimental work will take place there.

More Information

Benefits

The net salary will be in line with the Belgian legislation for holders of a master's degree in the relevant domains.

Selection process

Please send a CV and a cover letter (in French) as well as the names and contact information of at least two referees to Julie Bertels (julie.bertels@ulb.be). If possible, consider submitting an academic writing sample (e.g., chapter of master thesis, publication or essay). Deadline to apply is February 4, 2022. (Remote) interviews will be organized mid-February. Ideal start date is March 1st, 2022.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Psychological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Neurosciences: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    FRENCH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

The non-doctoral researcher will be hired full-time to work on this two-year project.

S·he will play a key role in the project, as she will be responsible for recruiting participants, planning testing sessions, and collecting data for all the studies of the project. The successful candidate will be working under the supervision of Julie Bertels, and will collaborate actively with a post-doctoral researcher who will set up the experimental paradigms and contribute to data collection. S·he will also closely collaborate with the other lab members, and notably with the methodologists of the MEG unit of the LN2T (see next section). S·he will establish and maintain collaborations with local clinicians (gynaecologists, paediatric neurologists, neonatologists, neuropsychologists) and childcare professionals.

Specific Requirements

The successful candidate will hold a Master’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, or any related discipline. Interest in the field of (early) (neuro)cognitive development is essential. Prior experience in neurophysiology (EEG or MEG) is particularly appreciated. S.he will demonstrate excellent French communication skills, given that most of the infants tested will come from French-speaking families. The position is full-time and funded for 24 months.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Université libre de Bruxelles
Belgium
Bruxelles
1050
Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt 50

EURAXESS offer ID: 733305

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