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PhD Candidate at the Donders Centre for Cognition: 'How Do Anatomy, Computation and Function Line Up in the Parietal Cortex?'

The posterior parietal cortex occupies a disproportionally large part of the brain in humans and is involved in a variety of high-level cognitive functions. …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Houtlaan, Nijmegen, Gelderland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2972 - € 2972 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

The posterior parietal cortex occupies a disproportionally large part of the brain in humans and is involved in a variety of high-level cognitive functions. However, there is as yet no overarching model explaining the principles of its organisation. Importantly, there is currently even less understanding of the relationship between anatomy, computation and function in this part of the brain. The goal of this proposal is to use a variety of novel approaches to develop such an understanding.

The PhD project consists of a series of experiments to study the human parietal cortex. You will use state-of-the-art computational anatomy techniques to study the organisation of the parietal cortex using a variety of neuroimaging data modalities (cf. Blazquez Freches et al., in press; Mars et al., 2018b). You will then develop an experimental paradigm to test how the anatomical organisation of the parietal cortex lines up with different functions that can be localised in the parietal cortex, based on recent proposals of the host lab (Medendorp and Heed, 2019). Finally, you will integrate these results into a comprehensive model of the parietal cortex.

This work follows on our earlier work comparing parietal cortex organisation across species (Mars et al., 2011; Vijayakumar et al., 2019) and fits in with our programme to understand how human association cortex contributes to the unique behavioural abilities of humans (Mars et al., 2017; Mars et al., 2018a).
Key references:
- Blazques Freches et al., in press, doi 10.1007/s00429-020-02047-0
- Mars et al., 2011, doi 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5102-10.2011
- Mars et al., 2017, doi 10.1016/B978-0-12-804042-3.00118-4
- Mars et al., 2018a, doi 10.1016/j.cobeha.2017.11.001
- Mars et al., 2018b, doi 10.1016/j.tics.2018.08.009
- Medendorp and Heed, 2019, doi 10.1016/j.pneurobio.2019.101691
- Vijayakumar et al., 2019, doi 10.1007/s00429-018-1791-1

Functie-eisen

  • MSc in Biology, Neuroscience, Bioinformatics, or a related field.
  • Technical proficiency and an affinity for coding.
  • Ability to collaborate with co-researchers even when physically separated (Skype, Slack, Mattermost).
  • Interest in brain anatomy and brain structure-function relationships.
  • Independent problem-solving abilities.
  • Good knowledge of statistics and quantitative methods would be an advantage.
  • An interest in comparative and evolutionary neuroscience would be an advantage.

Conditions

  • Employment: 40 hours per week.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,325 per month, and will increase to €2,972 in the fourth year (salary scale P).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: You will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years.
  • The intended start date is 1 September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.
  • You will be part of the Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Rogier Mars, Principal Investigator
Email: r.mars@donders.ru.nl

Pieter Medendorp, Professor
Email: p.medendorp@donders.ru.nl

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