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Post-doctoral position at University of Granada: Apply for an Athenea3i-2018 Research Fellowship at the Center of Mind, Brain and Behavior Research

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    30/10/2018 13:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Miguel Pérez García, from the Center of Mind, Brain and Behavior Research at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for an Athenea3i Research Fellowship in 2018 at this University. The information about the Fellowship conditions, how to apply, Eligibility Criteria, Selection Process, Evaluation Process, etc. is available in https://athenea3i.ugr.es/. Please note that applicants must comply with the Eligibility Criteria (https://athenea3i.ugr.es/?page_id=23).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. It serves more than 60000 students per year, including many foreign students, as UGR is the leader host institution in the Erasmus program. UGR, featuring 3650 professors and more than 2000 auxiliary personnel, offers a total of 75 degrees through its 112 departments and 28 centers.

UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top 5/10 of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding. UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking (http://www.arwu.org/), and it is also well recognized for its web presence (http://www.4icu.org/top200/).

Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of H2020, both at partner and coordination. For the duration of the Seventh Framework Programme, the UGR has obtained a total of 66 projects, with total funding of 17.97 million euros, and for H2020, until 2015, more than 25 projects with total funding of more than 6 million euros. Our more than 3,000 researchers are grouped into 365 research groups covering all scientific fields and disciplines.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group

The Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC-UGR) is a center of excellence for psychological research. The CIMCYC is composed of a group of scientists coming from all areas of Psychology who are motivated to research mental and brain functions using both classical and modern neuroimaging techniques. Home to the Functional Magnetic Resonance Unit of the University of Granada, the leading neuroimaging cite in Southern Spain, the CIMCYC aims to improve the well-being of individuals by disentangling the ways in which the mind, brain, and behavior are related. We host and train over 250 researchers, and hold collaborations with more than 50 researchers throughout the world.

Within in the CIMCYC, the PNINSULA research group is focuses mainly on research areas related to clinical neuropsychology, psychoneuroinmunology and neuroimaging applied to different research lines, including (i) obesity; (ii) intimate partner violence; (iii) substance abuse; (iv) forensic neuropsychology; (v) stress and neuroimmunology; (vi) cross-cultural neuropsychology; (vii) neuropsychological rehabilitation and (viii) neurodevelopment.

Our group has achieved notable scientific productivity (see http://www.pninsula.com/) and develops interesting projects such as:

The study of the influence of cortisol on neurodevelopment:https://www.facebook.com/PerinatalStress/

The design of neuropsychological rehabilitation tools based on new technologies:http://cloudrehab.net

The study of neuropsychological deficits in women subjected to intimate partner violence: https://projectbelieve.info/en/

Cross-cultural studies and the adaptation of neuropsychological tests to other cultural populations such as Arabic children: http://www.benci.es

Project description

Our research line focuses on the study of neuropsychological problems and the efficacy of neuropsychological rehabilitation programs:

- We have shown for the first time that 1) people with obesity have abnormally high activation of the brain´s reward system when making decisions related to high-calorie foods, which is similar the activation found in people with addictions when they are exposed to drug cues (Human Brain Mapping, 2017); 2) people with obesity have gross abnormalities in global connectivity and topological organization, with specific alterations in frontal-striatal, frontal-insular, and fronto-parietal networks, which are also similar to the brain networks affected in addiction (Neuroimage, 2017); and 3) functional connectivity in striatocortical systems longitudinally predicts weight gain (Biological Psychiatry, 2017). Future work is focused on proving the effectiveness of Magnetic Transcranial Stimulation, along with neuropsychological rehabilitation, in treating obesity.

-We investigate how stress affects mothers, fetuses, and pregnancy. Our approach is transdisciplinary, involving the psychological and neuropsychological evaluation of the mother and newborn, as well as endocrine and immunological testing of cortisol levels in hair, blood, etc. in gynecological and obstetric controls (Advanced in Neonatal Care, 2018; PlosOne, 2017).

- Our research on neuropsychological and cerebral functioning of perpetrators of intimate partner violence (IPV) has demonstrated a specific executive functioning profile and differential brain activations among male batterers (Bueso-Izquierdo et al., 2016; Bueso-Izquierdo et al., 2016). In the present, we are focusing on variables that may help predict recidivism among male batterer’s in committing crimes of IPV.

Research Area

  • Economic Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities (ECO-SOC)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Miguel Pérez García (mperezg@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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