Postdoc position 'Vestibular stimulation, VR and high-density sleep EEG for lucid dream induction'
Every night our brains simulate a highly convincing thought often bizarre dream reality. In the rare case of lucid dreaming, the dreamer becomes aware of the …
- Geert Grooteplein Zuid, Nijmegen, Gelderland
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 36 - 36 uur
- € 2911 - € 4615 per maand
FunctieomschrijvingEvery night our brains simulate a highly convincing thought often bizarre dream reality. In the rare case of lucid dreaming, the dreamer becomes aware of the ongoing state of mind without waking up. The main obstacle to both its scientific investigation and clinical application is its rarity: only few people have lucid dreams on a regular basis. Several strategies to increase lucid dreaming frequency exist, how-ever none induces lucid dreams with high reliability.
In this project, we aim for an embodied approach to lucid dream induction, focusing in particular on the vestibular system, inducing dreams of falling and potentially flying by galvanic vestibular stimulation during REM sleep. We will then train participants to associate such vestibular experience during wakefulness with the metacognitive thought "This is a dream!", which we in turn aim to reactivate during sleep, thus eliciting full-blown lucid dreams. We will combine this strategy with virtual reality scenarios of flying/falling experiences, thus developing a highly immersive training environment for effective lucid dream induction. With a combined EEG-VR approach, we will further elucidate the neural correlates of metacognitive introspection, as well as vestibular experiences, during both wakefulness and sleep, levering machine learning strategies to compare between the two states.
As a whole, the project will allow for novel insights into embodied dream experiences on both a cognitive and neural level, will develop a potentially highly effective new lucid dreaming induction strategy 'on button press', and will thus pave the way for applications in research, clinical practice, sports, and everyday life.
Tasks and responsibilities
- Plan, coordinate, perform, and analyze a research project using vestibular stimulation, virtual reality and HD-EEG for lucid dream induction.
- Prepare and write publications on the basis of open science practices.
- Supervise a PhD student dedicated to the project and more junior staff.
- Enjoy collaborative work in an interdisciplinary team of international scientists.
As an ideal candidate you have a PhD and strong methods skills in cognitive neuroscience, computer science, engineering, biomedical sciences, psychology, or in a related field. You also have interpersonal and communication skills to effectively collaborate in a highly interdisciplinary, international research setting, including PhD student supervision.
Furthermore you have:
- Strong statistics and coding skills (R, Python or Matlab).
- Experience HD-EEG data acquisition and analyses.
- Experience in virtual reality, brain stimulation and/or machine learning.
ConditionsWorking at Radboud university medical center means that you are ahead of the curve and working together on the healthcare of the future. And there is more. Our secondary terms of employment are impressive. These are fully tailored to you thanks to our Employment Conditions Selection Model. At Radboud university medical center, you will be given trust, and you will take the responsibility to handle everything together. We provide annual courses, both professional and personal.
- In addition to your monthly salary and an annual vacation allowance of 8%, you will receive an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
- If you work irregular hours, you will receive an allowance.
- As a full-time employee (36 hours per week), you are entitled to approximately 168 vacation hours (over 23 days) per year.
- Radboud university medical center pays 70% of the pension premium. You pay the rest of the premium with your gross salary.
- You get a discount on health insurance as well: you can take advantage of two group health insurance plans. UMC Zorgverzekering and CZ collectief.
Additional informationAll additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from dr. Martin Dresler, associate professor CNS. Use the Apply button to submit your application.
Please apply with a brief motivation letter explaining your interest and qualifications regarding the position, your prior research/work experience, a CV, and contact information of two professional references.